Questions tagged [children]

Term has many and varied definitions depending on context, but is generally accepted as the period in life between birth and puberty, although this can be argued. Can also refer to offspring at any stage in life.

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Is this Swedish government pamphlet a guide for men who have married underage girls?

From this tweet, by a tweeter who claims to be located in Sweden: No Joke: Sweden’s board of health and welfare and the migration authority just released this pamphlet called “information to the ...
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Were mixed race kids theorized to look like zebras?

I came across this QI tweet: Meet the quagga, an extinct subspecies of zebra with only half the stripes!🦓😲#QI. There's a video clip and at around ~0:31 seconds the following is said: I went to ...
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Does clapping children on the back in certain positions help clear mucus from their lungs?

Chest Physical Therapy (CPT) is the practice of clapping children on the back to clear mucus out of the lungs. FairView (a Minnesotan non-profit health site) recommends it for chest infections. ...
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Do video games lead to increased depression, anxiety and aggression?

Nicholas Kardaras is a addiction expert who was a professor at Stony Brook Medicine. In his 2016 NY Post article he claims that screen time is extremely harmful to children. The article intermingles ...
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Are there records of girls born with enlarged clitoris mistaken - and raised - as boys?

In a popular-science Polish magazine Focus EKSTRA, special issue 5/2004*, page 39, there's a paragraph that says (in original Polish, emphasis mine:) Jak duża może być łechtaczka? Największe ...
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Are fussy babies more intelligent?

When I talk about my fussy baby, many people tell me half-jokingly that fussy babies are on average more intelligent than "easy" babies. The idea is not unusual. See for example here: In fact, ...
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Does having one fewer child reduce my carbon footprint as much as 71+ people going vegan?

In July 2017, ScienceMag reported on a study: Eating no meat cuts an individual’s carbon footprint by 820 kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year [...] by choosing to have one fewer child in ...
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What is the impact on climate change of having a child?

I found one study from 2017 that says (emphasis mine): We recommend four widely applicable high-impact (i.e. low emissions) actions with the potential to contribute to systemic change and ...
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Does rocking a child help their brain to grow?

Nature Play claim that a child's movement in the first two years helps them grow, specifically a rocking motion like in the womb. The link to the supposed scientific source is now dead. Is there any ...
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Does bodybuilding at early age stunt growth?

Can excessive bodybuilding at an early age inhibit or stop growth (height increase)? I am getting mixed answers; some say several selective exercises can do so and some say it is not a problem at all. ...
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Is riding with strangers unsafe?

A commonly taught adage is to never accept a ride from a stranger. This applies mostly to children and goes hand in hand with warnings about accepting gifts from strangers. Now, having grown older, I ...
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Can marijuana cause seizures in children?

Today on NBC on TV they mentioned a study that says 3000 kids between 2000 and 2017 ate marijuana and half of those kids ended up in the hospital. One of the symptoms mentioned was drowsiness (...
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Can young children safely eat cooked mushrooms?

I'm told that young children (like, 1.5 years old) must not be allowed to eat mushrooms, even if they are sourced from a supermarket and properly cooked. The alleged reason is that they can't be ...
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Do UK background checks successfully ‘prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups’? [closed]

When working with children in the UK, it's common to hear griping about the restrictions and administrative overhead imposed by compliance with the Disclosure & Barring (DBS) regime. Despite this ...
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Are North American children adopting British accents because of Peppa Pig?

Several news items have surfaced today which report that North American children are adopting British accents at a very young age due to watching Peppa Pig episodes. The only source quoted is Romper ...
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Were children safer in the good old days?

Edited, as every site I found in my search last night gave me sites that all say the same thing: The perception is that the world is a really dangerous place for children these days But the ...
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Do day-care centres lower the IQ of children?

Toni Bortoluzzi, a former Swiss politician, has recently claimed that the more time a child spends in "nursery" (a.k.a. crèche or day-care centres), the lower their IQ will be in their pre-teen or ...
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Is “Your Baby Can Read” effective and helpful?

I have seen these videos advertised online and on TV, and they make some pretty fantastic claims, showing kids as young as 2 reading complicated words. From what I can find online, it uses a ...
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Are television programs designed for small children detrimental to their development?

I've heard that television (any program, including those designed for small children (Dora, recent Mickey Mouse, Bubble Guppies) is bad for the development of children, as it damages their ability to ...
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Do lullabies help children fall asleep?

Singing of a lullaby is commonly depicted as a good way to put a baby to sleep. Wikipedia follows this trend: The purposes of lullabies vary. [...] Perhaps one of the most important uses of ...
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Does homework improve student performance?

There is a post circulating social media reportedly from a second grade teacher in North Texas stating that she will not assign homework for the upcoming school year to her students: After much ...
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Male circumcision causes eardrum to burst?

I have seen a post circulating Facebook which is also cited by this source: http://joseph4gi.blogspot.com/2017/09/drs-may-ask-if-baby-is-circumcised-for.html (The source is clearly biased against the ...
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When is praise for children harmful?

There seems to be a growing movement of people who thing that praise is bad for children, as for example on the Not School blog. The thesis seems to be: A child who receives praise, rewards, and ...
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Is sleep training a form of neglect or harmful?

Some people claim that "crying it out" is harmful. For example, the article on PhD Parenting states that crying it out is harmful to a child. I've heard others suggest that it's neglectful. I expect ...
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“Give me a child” Quote from B. F. Skinner

B.F. Skinner has been quoted all over the place on the internet (e.g. PsychologyDegreeGuide) to say Give me a child and I'll shape him into anything I am starting to think he didn't as I am yet to ...
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Does driving affect women's ovaries, pushes their pelvis upwards and cause clinical problems in their children?

Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan who is either a leading Saudi cleric or a judicial adviser to an association of Gulf psychologists, has been reported to have told sabq.org (original site down, ...
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Did Time and CNN conduct a poll showing that most parents believe their children are spoiled?

I have come across this claim (which, btw, I have no reason to disbelieve) numerous times today. ...according to one poll, commissioned by Time and CNN, two-thirds of American parents think that ...
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Was SIDS unheard of before “modern vaccine schedules”?

Related: Paper correlating number of vaccines given with infant mortality rate for many countries? The same paper in the related article above states (abstract HERE/full text HERE): Prior to ...
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Does banning fictional portrayal of child abuse reduce actual child abuse?

The United Kingdom's Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (part 2, chapter 2) makes possession of images portraying fictional child abuse punishable by law. Wikipedia has a summary, but here's a snip from ...
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Does breastfeeding affect patience, altruism, and risk taking (even as an adult)

A 2016 paper from DIW Berlin unambigously states: In a sample of preschool children we find that longer breastfeeding duration is associated with higher levels of patience and altruism as well ...
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Is the number of childhood vaccines correlated with infant mortality?

Related Just how inaccurate are vaccine myths? Is it dangerous to have several vaccines at the same time? I was passed along an article reporting that a new study found that despite having the ...
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Do children who kill animals turn out to be violent?

It is widely claimed that children who injure or kill animals as children are more likely to exhibit violent behavior as adults, committing domestic violence or murder. A site dedicated to discussing ...
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Do children who attend pre-school get sick less often when they start kindergarten?

For children who attend pre-school between the ages 2 and 4, do they tend to have better immunities (and therefore get sick less often) than elementary-school children who did not attend pre-school, ...
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Are one in five children in Europe victims of sexual violence?

I was recently asked to sign a petition for a campaign against sexual violence against children. The petition claimed that one in five children are victims of some form of sexual violence in Europe. ...
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Does the Uzbekistan government force children to perfom slave labor harvesting cotton?

A family member posted a link to a blog about companies using slave labor. While the title is a bit misleading because it is not the companies themselves directly employing slave labor but rather ...
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Is child's development in danger if living in institutions, like “orphanages”?

Decades of international research shows that living in institutions, like “orphanages”, is harmful to a child’s development. The Source of this statement doesn't provide any reference to this ...
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Are statistics in controversial Australian antigay posters true?

According to the photo of an anti-gay poster depicted here: 92% of children of gay parents are abused 51% have depression 72% are obese My questions: Are these stats supported by other studies? If ...
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At what age do children develop a sense of gender identity?

To make things clear, I want to state that I have no doubt about whether people are transgender and what that means. I simply am asking about what age children are able to comprehend their personal ...
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Are seat straps in child restraints less effective when they are twisted?

My wife and I have seen many parents in a rush buckle their kids in a car seat despite one of the straps being twisted (I've even done it myself a few times- don't tell my wife- because I had a hard ...
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Are Unvaccinated Children Healthier?

Got this today on my facebook wall... Alarming New Study: Unvaccinated Kids are Healthier The study’s findings really make you wonder. Here’s some of the specifics: Vaccinated children ...
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Is ISIS beheading children in Mosul, Iraq?

On the Gateway Pundit, this claim by Chaldean-American businessman Mark Arabo is posted: “There is a park in Mosul, where [ISIS] they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick and ...
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Does fluorescent lighting in schools correlate to increased illness and behavior problems?

A morning talk radio program was discussing Scotopic sensitivity syndrome and made the claim that in schools where fluorescent lighting had been replaced with indirect non-fluorescent lighting had ...
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Is 'elimination communication' a common traditional way to 'toilet-train' babies in non-Western countries?

('toilet-train' in the loosest sense, obviously, I didn't want to write 'avoid getting poo all over the house' in the question title...) I saw this line in an article about "elimination communication"...
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Does Elimination communication work and can it be practiced in a modern society?

Is the method of Elimination communication to bring up a baby without using diapers real and working? And since it was "taken" from primitive tribes where the mother is with the baby 24/7 for a long ...
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Has lead poisoning in kids in St. Louis (Mo.) decreased since 2001?

[The mayor of St. Louis, Missouri, Francis] Slay cites the efforts to… and reduce lead poisoning in children as some of his most fulfilling work. Regarding the latter, "The drop has been ...
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Do babies from the United States cry more then babies in other parts of the world?

In the Cracked article 5 Universal Experiences That Are Different In Other Cultures the third claim made is that American Babies Cry Way More Than Other Babies I would like to know if the claim ...
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Does teaching 6-12-month old infants to back float reduce their risk of drowning?

The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend water safety lessons for babies less than one year old: The water-survival skills programs for infants may make compelling videos for the ...
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Is the correlation in betwen childhood trauma and addiction stronger than the correlation in between diabetes and obesity?

I came across this image on the internet, which makes the claim, "There is a stronger link between childhood trauma and addiction, than there is between obesity and diabetes. Two thirds of addicts ...
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Are scary fairy tales beneficial for children's psychological development?

There seems to be a popular claim amongst psychiatrists that scary, cruel and other ethically questionable traditional fairy tales are beneficial for the development of a child's mind. People ...
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Do children in daycare have elevated cortisol levels?

An article named Children's elevated cortisol levels at daycare is used to argue against daycare. Our main finding was that at daycare children display higher cortisol levels compared to the home ...