Increasing screen time during COVID-19 could be harmful to kids' eyesight

With online learning and social distancing, kids are spending more time staring at screens and less time outdoors. That can put them at higher risk of myopia and serious eye problems in the future.

Olivia Killeen, Resident Physician in Ophthalmology, University of Michigan • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: children education eyesight vision computers online-learning health myopia coronavirus school play screen-time outdoors eyes social-distancing

Napping helps preschoolers unlock their full potential for learning

Research shows napping helps young children learn, as well as enhancing their emotional well-being.

Rebecca Spencer, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: children sleep memory learning neuroscience brain hippocampus preschool vocabulary preschoolers school-readiness early-education academic-performance health-outcomes naps cognitive-neuroscience

Obamacare's insurance safety net protects many of the millions losing their employer-provided health insurance – but not all

Help is out there for those many who have lost health insurance because of the pandemic. You can thank Obamacare.

Simon F. Haeder, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
May 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  health-insurance  pandemic  coronavirus  supreme-court  medicaid  aca  cobra  childrens-health-insurance-program  covid-19

Mothers behind bars nurture relationships with visitors in this unusual prison garden

About half of incarcerated women in the United States are mothers to children under age 18. Natural spaces within a prison can help maintain their mother-child bonds.

Julie Stevens, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University • conversation
May 8, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: children mental-health prisons nature plants green-space jails parents landscape-architecture female-prisoners prisoners mothers prison-design jail green-spaces moms

A mysterious illness is striking children amid the coronavirus pandemic – but is it Kawasaki disease?

A biomedical researcher and pediatrician who works with Kawasaki disease and COVID-19 explains the similarities and differences in the worrisome cases doctors are starting to see.

Mark Hicar, Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: children medicine immune-system pandemic biomedical-research health coronavirus viruses covid-19 antibody kawasaki-disease

A mysterious illness is striking children amid the coronavirus pandemic – but don't be too quick to tie it to Kawasaki disease

A biomedical researcher and pediatrician who works with Kawasaki disease and COVID-19 explains the similarities and differences in the worrisome cases doctors are starting to see.

Mark Hicar, Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: children medicine immune-system pandemic biomedical-research health coronavirus viruses covid-19 antibody kawasaki-disease

Why do kids call their parents 'Mom' and 'Dad'?

One anthropologist found 1,072 similar words for 'mom' and 'dad' in the world's languages. It turns out a mix of biology, culture and encouragement from parents explains this phenomenon.

Denise Bodman, Principal Lecturer in Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: children language linguistics fathers parents dad names mothers words curious-kids baby-talk dads curious-kids-us

Why can't I stop thinking about my dead parents?

Whether we miss them, feel guilty about not having appreciated them more or struggle to forgive them, remembering our parents can hurt. Here's how to move on.

Silvia Panizza, Teaching Fellow, University College Dublin • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: children psychology memory philosophy death parents forgiveness loss lifes-big-questions

Screens are keeping us connected now – but they're still disruptive to in-person communication

Research shows smartphone use disrupts an essential facet of human connection – eye contact.

Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, Professor of Psychology, Hunter College • conversation
April 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: parenting teamwork smartphones human-evolution homo-sapiens parents mobile-technology young-children cell-phones

Coronavirus: five books to keep young people happy during lockdown – children's author

A children's novelist chooses her favourite books to keep young people happy and absorbed while stuck at home.

Mimi Thebo, Reader in Creative Writing, University of Bristol • conversation
March 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  literature  reading  coronavirus  terry-pratchett  childrens-books  childrens-picture-books

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