By Katrina Clarke Special to the Star Sat., Feb. 23, 2019 MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA—In a bright classroom in a ritzy Melbourne neighbourhood, a school staffer is asking 20 Indigenous Australian students what they’ll do if — and when — they face racism. “What happens if someone calls you black?” asks Michelle Kerrin, who herself is Indigenous. One student shouts they’d tell the teacher. One makes a smacking gesture, as though they’d slap the person, prompting laughter. One pipes up: but we are black. “Yeah. You should be proud if someone calls you that,” Kerrin says to the last student. The room falls silent. “Don’t let anyone bring you down for that.” This tableau — the back-and-forth between kids and an adult preparing them for their future — is representative of why the kids are there in the first place. They’re learning the tools they’ll need to step from … [Read more...] about A school in Melbourne is helping kids bridge two worlds. Is it working?
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caption Children were able to watch David Icke’s conspiracy videos through YouTube Kids. source Flickr/Tyler Merbler The YouTube Kids app is meant to filter out unsuitable content, but we found that it suggested that children watch conspiracy theory videos. The app suggested several videos from prominent conspiracy theorist David Icke in which he claimed that the world is ruled by reptile-human hybrids. Searches for “moon landing” returned results including three videos which claim the moon landing was a hoax. YouTube removed at least 25 videos from its Kids app after we contacted the company and blocked Icke’s channel on the app. YouTube’s app specifically for children is meant to filter out adult content and provide a “world of learning and fun,” but Business Insider found that YouTube Kids featured many conspiracy theory … [Read more...] about The YouTube Kids app has been suggesting a load of conspiracy videos to children
By Sarah Bradley The Washington Post Wed., Feb. 28, 2018 Every night, my four-year-old son sits down at the dinner table, carefully inspects his food, and asks, “What IS this? And who made it?” He isn’t being rude or critical — he sincerely wants to know. Did this meat come from a chicken or pig? How did the rice get on his plate? Who grew the carrots he’s eating? How did his milk make its way from the farm to the store to his glass? My husband and I are happy to give our son a “farm-to-table” education by explaining what we’re eating, where it came from and how it got to our table. “Promoting a relationship for children with food and food production leads young people to be more engaged with their own health and develop lifelong habits that will serve them into their future,” said Jacqueline Maisonpierre, farm director for New Haven Farms, a non-profit organization based in Connecticut that rehabilitates … [Read more...] about You can raise ‘farm-to-table’ kids, even if you don’t live near a farm
source Jenny Cheng/Business Insider Silicon Valley parents can see firsthand, either through living or working in the Bay Area, that technology is potentially harmful to kids. Many parents are now restricting, or outright banning, screen time for their children. The trend follows a long-standing practice among high-level tech executives who have set limits for their own children for years. This is an installment of Business Insider’s “Your Brain on Apps” series that investigates how addictive apps can influence behavior. It’s 9 a.m. in Sunnyvale, California and Minni Shahi is on her way to work at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino. Her husband, a former Googler named Vijay Koduri, is meeting his business partner at a local Starbucks to discuss their startup, a YouTube clip-making business called HashCut. Shahi and Koduri’s two kids, 10-year-old Saurav … [Read more...] about Silicon Valley parents are raising their kids tech-free — and it should be a red flag
Researchers have looked into how parents’ TV-watching habits affect their kids, but there’s not much research on how listening to a podcast or radio show influences childhood development. It’s likely that playing a podcast in the background would not be as disruptive to kids as television. But parents shouldn’t expect that young children are learning about the world by listening to informative podcasts, either. Being a parent comes with millions of questions. Many of the most anxiety-provoking ones fall into a simple category: “How is whatever I’m doing affecting my child?” That question even applies to what parents do to relax. Research suggests that even having a television on in the background can have lasting negative effects on kids’ language development – especially if it’s running for hours every day. The flashing light and varied noises from a TV are … [Read more...] about A child development expert reveals how listening to podcasts could affect your kid