Teens unlikely to be harmed by moderate digital screen use

Teens unlikely to be harmed by moderate digital screen use

Parents and pediatricians alike may worry about the effects of teens’ screen time, but new findings from over 120,000 adolescents in the UK indicate that the relationship between screen time and well-being is weak at best, even at high levels of digital engagement. The research is published in Psychological Science, a...

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Children gain more weight when parents see them as ‘overweight’

Children gain more weight when parents see them as ‘overweight’

Children whose parents considered them to be ‘overweight’ tended to gain more weight over the following decade compared with children whose parents thought they were a ‘normal’ weight, according to analyses of data from two nationally representative studies published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science....

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Corporal punishment viewed as more acceptable and effective when referred to as spanking

Corporal punishment viewed as more acceptable and effective when referred to as spanking

Parents and nonparents alike feel better about corporal punishment when it’s called ‘spanking’ rather than ‘hitting’ or ‘beating,’ according to a new study by researchers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Study participants judged identical acts of a child’s misbehavior and the corporal punishment that followed it, but rated the discipline...

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Parental obesity linked to delays in child development

Parental obesity linked to delays in child development

Children of obese parents may be at risk for developmental delays, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The investigators found that children of obese mothers were more likely to fail tests of fine motor skill–the ability to control movement of small muscles, such as...

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How parents should act to get kids to fess up

How parents should act to get kids to fess up

A study finds that children who anticipate a parent will feel happy about their child confessing a misdeed are more likely to come forward—even if they think they might be punished. The goal of the research was to investigate the emotions that children associate with lying and confessing. The study...

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The first sights babies see sculpt the brain’s visual circuitry

The first sights babies see sculpt the brain’s visual circuitry

When a newborn baby opens her eyes, she does not see well at all. It can take months for her world to come into focus. Now scientists have found more clues about what happens in the brains of baby mammals as they try to make visual sense of the world....

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Some parents forgo car seats, other safety measures while traveling

Some parents forgo car seats, other safety measures while traveling

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Parents’ to-do lists before traveling with toddlers this holiday season may include packing an emergency stock of snacks, activities and wardrobe changes. But what some may not plan for ahead of vacation: accidental poisoning risks, gun safety and Uber rides. A new report from the University...

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The secret to raising a smart shopper: Pick the right parenting style

The secret to raising a smart shopper: Pick the right parenting style

Have you ever wondered how to raise children who will become wise consumers once they are adults? It turns out that parents are the primary agents who will socialize their children — more than friends, other adults or organizations such as churches. To find out which parenting styles help children...

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Kids ‘catch’ bias through non-verbal cues

Kids ‘catch’ bias through non-verbal cues

Preschool-aged children can learn bias through nonverbal signals displayed by adults, such as a condescending tone of voice or a disapproving look, new research suggests. “This research shows that kids are learning bias from the non-verbal signals that they’re exposed to, and that this could be a mechanism for the...

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Teen girls in cities may not take enough steps

Teen girls in cities may not take enough steps

Measuring how many steps urban teen girls take daily suggests they get far less than the recommended amount of physical activity. The findings, published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, suggest that teenage girls living in urban settings may need additional, targeted opportunities for physical activity to achieve...

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