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Parents Accused of Child Abuse After Dad ‘Pranks’ Kids for YouTube Views

YouTube has created a path to success that didn’t exist a decade ago. Now teenagers can make millions of dollars showing how they do their makeup, families can make a fortune producing goofy rap songs about parenting, and an anonymous lady who just unwraps toys made $5 million in a single year. That sort of success is extremely rare, but people know it exists, and that is causing some problems because YouTube video production is a largely unregulated industry. If you wanted to send your children to Hollywood to be actors or put them in commercials or on reality TV, there are laws and regulations in place to protect them and their money.

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Amazon giving parents more power to monitor kids activities on tablets

Amazon will soon give parents the power to see exactly what their kids are doing on the company’s tablets.
The tools to monitor kids activities will be available through their subscription service Amazon Free Time.
Free time offers kid friendly-books, games and apps.
Not only will the parent dashboard help track how much time a child uses the tablet, but it will also include “discussion cards” that will help parents have more productive conversations about whatever the child is viewing at the time.
The cards may also suggest ways to connect their digital behavior to real life.
The dashboard is available today.

Source:http://wwmt.com/news/nation-world/amazon-giving-parents-more-power-to-monitor-kids-activities-on-tablets

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Kids more likely to stop bullies when parents tell them to

Youngsters usually tend to step in once they see bullying at college if their mother and father have advised them to become involved than in the event that they’ve been taught it’s higher to remain out of it, a current U.S. research suggests.

About one in 10 youngsters are victims of bullying, and lots of anti-bullying packages are targeted on getting bystanders to intervene, researchers notice within the Journal of Medical Youngster and Adolescent Psychology. Whereas earlier analysis has linked sure parenting practices to greater odds that youngsters shall be victims or perpetrators of bullying, much less is understood about how mother and father impression what youngsters do as bystanders.

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Amazon introducing tools to help parents monitor kids

Amazon is introducing new tools to help parents see what their kids are doing on the company’s Fire tablets. As a bonus, the e-commerce giant says its service will also help spark discussions about the books kids read and the videos they watch.

Parents first have to sign up with Amazon’s FreeTime service, a set of tools for pre-approving how much time kids spend on a tablet and what they do with it. The FreeTime service is free, as is the new dashboard tool.

Then they’ll be able to view each child’s activities through Amazon’s website. Information will include the amount of time spent on e-books, videos, apps and web browsing.

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St. Marys couple arrested after kids repeatedly fail to show up to school

A St. Marys couple is behind bars after their four children failed to show up to school for months on end, according to the St. Marys Police Department.

The investigation started in February 2017. A school social worker, identified as Dr. Bianca Booker, notified the St. Mary’s Police Department about four students enrolled at Crooked River Elementary School who had “an excessive amount” of unexcused absences and tardies, according to the arrest warrant.

Booker told police that she made several home visits that spanned for months to try and find out why the students were absent, offered the family assistance to help solve the problem, as well as had the mother, identified as Stephanie Cain, attend an attendance panel where she signed a statement promising to fix her children’s absence problem.

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This former Philadelphia cop had an incredibly simple plan to keep kids out of prison. Don’t arrest them.

Kevin Bethel didn’t become a police officer to lock up children. But it was under his watch as deputy police commissioner that Philadelphia’s school to-prison pipeline was in full effect.

Now retired, Bethel is on a mission to keep children out of prison, with a police-led school diversion program that is showing impressive results.

For nearly a decade, Philadelphia’s zero-tolerance policies meant that police had to be called for anything ranging from minor misconduct to possible weapons. Metal detectors at the schools meant that even items safely stowed in backpacks, such as pepper spray carried for a walk to school through a dangerous neighborhood, a box cutter or pair of shears needed for an after-school job or an art project resulted in a call to the police.

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90% of kids abused online don’t speak out: Experts

Nearly 90% of children abused online are too afraid to speak out, keeping parents in the dark, say experts, putting the onus on schools to spread awareness on the need to report such incidents. At a panel discussion in the city on Monday, involving Unicef representatives, child psychologists and police, experts tracked the worrying rise in children being victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying.

Although the National Crime Records Bureau doesn’t have a separate category for cybercrimes against children, studies done in the past reveal a murky and apathetic virtual world. A 2014 survey found that one in three children and teenagers had experienced the pain of being bullied online.

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When is it OK to discipline other people’s kids?

It happened at the dance studio one night, as my daughter and her friends were fooling around before their class started. I was in the waiting room with the other parents when shrieks, stomping and laughter made our heads snap in the direction of a nearby staircase. My daughter and her friends were causing a ruckus and disturbing classes in session.

I darted over and spoke sharply to the group, telling them to lower their voices and get off the dirty, dangerous stairs, which they did. But I was surprised by two things: First, that none of the other kids’ parents moved to stop the behavior.

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Parents of day care kids may never know extent of abuse

Parents at a Bear day care where a teacher was caught on video inappropriately touching three students may never find out if their children also were victims.

Anthony Rodriguez, a teacher there, was arrested in 2015. Parents whose children were not identified as victims in videotapes that alerted authorities to Rodriguez never learned of the abuse until they read about the 21-year-old’s guilty plea and sentencing in The News Journal this week. That lag, they say, robbed them of the chance to determine if anything happened to their children.

“I just want to make sure I do what I need to do as a parent, but now they took that away from me,” said Nicole Rittenhouse, a mother who withdrew her 6-year-old son from Kidz Ink II’s after-school program this week.

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Meridian Police warn there are some apps parents shouldn’t allow their kids to have

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Lake Hazel Middle Schoolers are learning a valuable lesson outside the classroom. They’re working to make a friendship tree to show kindness to others.

“I’m hoping they learn kindness can go a long way if they are kind to each other, we have a better school environment,” said Jenna Lowman the counselor at Lake Hazel Middle School.

And in this digital age of bullying, kindness is quickly forgotten.

“Parents have no idea when you give this smart device to your kid, that it can get them into danger very quickly,” said School Resource Officer David Gomez of the Meridian Police Department.

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