Turn off geotagging in all apps and games (or any other features). Check privacy settings on any app your child has, including Facebook and other social media sites as they grow. Delete any app or games your child no longer uses -- in fact, go further and ask the app developer to delete any data that it has collected on your child (or you). Seek out products that minimize data collection by default, such as PBS Kids, Nick Jr. or Lego. Rethink sharing pictures of your children on public social media sites -- some unscrupulous websites steal the pictures and use them in other, less savory, ways. Check out Common Sense Media and Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood for information and trends on data privacy. … [Read more...] about Marketers are gathering data on your kids from the apps they use, study finds
Washing hands, maintaining social distance and wearing masks are essential for limiting the spread of Covid-19, and they're likely to diminish the spread of seasonal colds, as well. Doctors have seen far fewer colds and illnesses than usual among children who adhered to strict safety measures since last spring, Tothy said. … [Read more...] about So your kid has a Covid-19 symptom. What do you do now?
Although many preschools and child care centers are licensed to teach kindergarten and even first grade, most had not offered programs for older kids in the past. Still, preschool educators took the sudden demand for kindergarten as a call of duty, even if it meant scouring the internet for worksheets, crafting lesson plans on the fly or allowing students to bring their Chromebooks to school. … [Read more...] about The first day of kindergarten means going back to preschool for some Bay Area kids
Remington was one of more than 220 people who authorities said were airlifted Saturday night from the Sierra National Forest's Mammoth Pool Reservoir area northeast of Fresno as the Creek Fire tore through. The blaze started late last week in the forest's Shaver Lake area and had burned more than 163,000 acres by Wednesday, one of more than 90 major wildfires burning across the US West. … [Read more...] about California camper who recorded his family’s Creek Fire escape says airlift was an exhilarating surprise. ‘We all thought we were goners’
Early in the pandemic, officials in New York's Erie County bumped up the threshold for sending a public health worker into a family's home to investigate the source of lead exposure from 5 micrograms per deciliter to 45 micrograms per deciliter (a blood lead level that usually requires hospitalization), said Dr. Gale Burstein, that county's health commissioner. For all other cases during that period, officials inspected only the outside of the child's home for potential hazards. … [Read more...] about Kids’ lead testing plummets due to missed doctor visits in pandemic