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Half of kids experience trauma, new report says

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Nearly half of children nationwide experience at least one traumatic event before they reach age 17.

That's according to a recently released report examining trauma among children from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, compiled from government data.

That statistic doesn't surprise DeJernet Farder, who ...Read more

Longtime Promises2Kids donor and volunteer fulfills a calling: Going to bat for foster kids

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On June 11, Grammy-winning pop singer Rob Thomas will be the featured performer at Promises2Kids' annual "Dream On" gala in La Jolla.

But to those associated with Promises2Kids, the real star of the show is Deborah Marengo. The longtime donor and volunteer created the "Dream On" concerts 10 years ago.

Over the years, "Dream On" has become one ...Read more

Minnesota doctors call attention to Puerto Rican children's hidden scars

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VILLALBA, Puerto Rico -- Each time the clouds turn dark and a storm rolls in over this lush mountain village, Liz Torres' mind flashes to that terrifying night last summer.

She sees herself huddling in her basement with her parents, the bloodcurdling howl of Hurricane Maria's winds roaring outside. She remembers the storm ripping off the wooden...Read more

Parents urged to think twice about buying Amazon Echo Dot for kids

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Alexa, hold your horses.

Amazon Dot Echo Kids Edition started shipping this week, but children's advocates and others are asking parents to hold off on buying the $79 version of the company's market-leading smart home speaker. Like the Echo, the Dot Echo Kids Edition is voice-activated and powered by Alexa, the Amazon virtual assistant at the ...Read more

YouTube giving parents more control over its Kids app

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YouTube said Wednesday that it will give parents of young children something they have sought for a long time: more control over which videos their kids will be able to see.

In a company blog post, YouTube said that starting this week, it will give parents the ability choose to give their children access to a group of "trusted channels" as ...Read more

More than 3,300 Android apps are improperly tracking kids, study finds

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Thousands of family-friendly apps from the Google Play Store are potentially violating federal law, according to a new large-scale study from North American and European universities and organizations.

The research, recently published in the journal Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, showed that 3,337 Android apps on Google Play ...Read more

Fewer deaths, but more recalls of children's products, report finds

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CHICAGO--There were fewer incidents, injuries and deaths caused by children's products last year, yet the number of products recalled rose, consumer advocates said Tuesday.

In 2017, 93 children's products were recalled -- a 22 percent increase over 2016, according to a report from Chicago-based children's advocacy group Kids in Danger.

No ...Read more

How old are your kids? The answer could determine your tax bill

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NEW YORK -- Earlier this year Jay Charles's twice-a-month paycheck jumped by $65, a result of the new U.S. law that cuts taxes almost $1.5 trillion over the next decade. Then he did the math.

It turns out Charles, a 48-year-old software developer in Blythewood, South Carolina, may not get a tax cut at all. He and his wife don't have children ...Read more