Parents, have you ever installed a parental control app on your teen's phone in order to keep track of where he/she goes online? Preliminary results from new research conducted by the University of Central Florida reveals that these apps, which show which websites your kid visited, block certain websites, and limit screen time, may not be effective. In addition, the use of these apps tend to drive a wedge between parents and teenagers.An online survey measured tracked 200 parents who had at least one child 13 to 17 years old. Half of these parents admitted to using a parental control app. These parents are stricter, demanding, and refuse to compromise with their children. Surprisingly, those teens whose phones carry a parental control app were more likely than other teens to have seen explicit content, and felt harassed while online. Based on these results, one could conclude that these apps are not very effective.The researches then went to the Google Play Store where they perused the … [Read more...] about New study reveals that parental control apps don’t protect children online
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By Kimberly HickokMar. 6, 2018 , 11:00 AM As the global antivaccination movement grows, so has the number of U.S. parents who don’t vaccinate their children on time: As of 2015, an estimated 10% to 15% didn’t follow the recommended schedules for children under 2. Now, a new study shows that at least one of their fears—that vaccines overload the immune system and increase susceptibility to other diseases—is unfounded. Researchers examined the medical records of more than 900 infants from six hospitals and clinics across the western United States between 2003 and 2013. The team compared children who had contracted diseases not covered by vaccinations with those who didn’t—193 children in the first group and 751 in the second. There was no link between vaccines given before the age of 2 and other infections from ages 2 to 4, the team reports today in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Paul Offit, a physician at the Children’s … [Read more...] about Vaccines won’t overload your child’s immune system—or increase their risk of other infections
If you are a parent, you surely know that children become pretty much obsessed with their smartphones and tablets. As a result, their studies tend to suffer, and dealing with that can be pretty difficult. You probably want to know what apps they are using and how much time they spend on that. And if the situation is too bad, you'd want to be able to lock them so they aren't excessively used. StudyLock is an app that offers a solution to all these problems, and more.Touted as an "intelligent educational system", StudyLock can lock selected apps and games on your kids' mobile devices and only give them access once they answer educational questions. They are specifically selected to correspond to their grade and stretch across 5 categories – Math, History, Science, English Language, and Social Studies. Adhering to the k-12 school system, StudyLock's questionnaire can accompany any child from grade 3 to grade 10. Parents can also make custom questions specific to their child needs. … [Read more...] about Spotlight: StudyLock lets you monitor children’s smartphone usage and improve their study habits
By Megan Specia2015-01-01 14:42:59 UTC The flu has reached epidemic levels in the U.S. this season according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Statistics released this week, show that the influenza virus outbreak reached the epidemic threshold during the week ending Dec. 20. See also: Study: Ginseng Extract Could Help Fight Off the Flu "At this time, all of CDC's influenza surveillance systems are showing elevated flu activity, indicating that we are in the midst of this season's flu epidemic," said Erin Burns of the CDC told USA Today. According to the CDC, a total of 15 influenza related pediatric deaths have been reported during the 2014-2015 season across the U.S. The deaths were reported in nine different states: Arizona (1), Colorado (1), Florida (2), Minnesota (2), North Carolina (2), Nevada (1), Ohio (2), Texas (3), and Virginia (1). #Flu activity continues to increase in the U.S. and is high in about half of the country. More in http://t.co/dX279rigYg — CDC … [Read more...] about CDC: Flu has reached epidemic level, 15 child deaths in U.S.
Insurance company Esurance has a new study out on distracted driving, and it makes for interesting reading. Almost everyone agrees distracted driving is bad, yet it's still remarkably prevalent. Even drivers who report rarely driving distracted also report that they engage in distracting behaviors. The study also raises some questions about the growing complexity of modern vehicles, particularly the user interfaces they confront us with. Almost everyone does it According to official figures, around 10 percent of all road deaths are due to distracted driving. That percentage has held steady for a while now after peaking at 15 percent a decade ago. In the time since, governments and the auto and tech industries haven't been ignoring the problem. Texting-while-driving bans are ever more common. Smartphones now have do not disturb modes, some of which can turn on automatically. Phones can also cast their displays and certain apps to the car's center stack using Android Auto and Apple … [Read more...] about Distracted driving: Everyone hates it, but most of us do it, study finds