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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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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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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Is the depiction of nudity or sex harmful to minors?

In other words, are the censorship & ratings of movies and other forms of art based on something more than nothing? ;) Or, in a broader sense, I am questioning the very widespread belief that kids ...
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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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Is there any harm in forcing/re-educating a left-handed child to use their right hand?

Backstory: Many of my relatives were subjected by their parents to a "training process" to "prevent" left-hand-dominance. This method started at a very young age and basically consisted of politely ...
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Does the “sugar high” exist at all?

I've heard numerous times that eating1 a high quantity of sugar will give you a "sugar high" or "sugar buzz" The high one gets after consuming large amounts of sugar. Also called a "sugar rush." ...
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Do children accidentally suffocate themselves with plastic bags?

My one year old daughter picked up a typical plastic supermarket grocery bag and I watched her with it briefly before taking it away, as it's common knowledge that kids aren't supposed to have plastic ...
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Do school uniforms improve student behavior?

Many of the advocates of school uniforms claim that uniforms for students in K-12 reduce behavior problems such as bullying. What evidence exists to support or contradict these claims? For example, ...
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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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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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Is allowing an infant to cry harmful to its development? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is sleep training a form of neglect or harmful? One of the most popular schools of thought regarding modern parenting is that not immediately responding to an infant's (...
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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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Is this image about child teeth development accurate?

There's a picture on Pinterest depicting a child's skull with all deciduous teeth (baby teeth) still attached, and adult teeth showing in a quite developed stage underneath: The picture is described ...
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Has anyone died from tampered candy at Halloween?

Year after year parents are bombarded with all of the risks of trick or treating. Razor blades in apples, poisoned candy, etc. Even the CDC warns against eating anything homemade or before a parent ...
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Do Disney movies have “adult content” subliminally embedded in them?

It's long floated around my ears that Disney movies have "adult content" secretly/intentionally "embedded" in their various movies. I've heard examples from Lion King, Aladdin, and the Little Mermaid. ...
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Is “co-sleeping” (infant sleeps in bed with parents) safe?

Among some circles, co-sleeping is highly advocated for newborns/infants due to ease of breastfeeding and potential developmental bonding to the mother (for more examples, read about proposed ...
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Can toddlers learn sign language?

The other day came across a commercial of a 'course for sign language' for infants and toddlers. I was a bit sceptical from the start and my suspicions only rose, then I discovered that there is what ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Do children have “immature Immune Systems”?

In this answer to "Does regular handwashing with antibacterial soap prevent disease?", the responder claims: Daycares (children) are a slightly unusual situation: children put their hands in their ...
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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 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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Does stretching help children grow taller?

This article claims: Stretching is a great way to increase height. Get your child to start with simple stretches like the wall stretch. Make him stand against a wall with the back towards it. ...
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Is it possible to influence the sex of a baby by controlling the mothers' diet?

Can a mother decide whether a baby will be born male or female through careful control of her diet?
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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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Do “scare kids straight” programmes reduce criminal activity?

It seems obvious to many people that if the consequences of an activity are sufficiently scary people will naturally avoid the activity. If the consequences of criminal activity are frequent death, ...
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Do babies have their own language?

Is it true that when babies make their little noises, they are understood by surrounding babies? Is there a regular pattern in their actions and noises they make to signify their meaning?
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Are there 40,000 children of same-sex couples in California?

In 2008, California citizens passed a controversial amendment to the state constitution, Proposition 8, defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Recently, the US Supreme Court has begun ...
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Do poor children hear 30 million fewer words by age 3?

According to PolitiFact.com, Barack Obama stated that: By the time she turns 3 years old, a child born into a low-income home hears 30 million fewer words than a child from a well-off family. ...
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Does playing electronic games interfere with a child's healthy dopamine response?

In this August 2015 Psychology Today blog article, a child psychiatrist and author, Dr Victoria Dunckley makes a number of claims about how screen time is causing symptoms of mental health problems. ...
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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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Does drinking cow's milk make children grow taller?

A popular claim is that drinking cow's milk make children grow taller. Is that belief scientifically supported? Suggested (by editor) (notable?) claim that strongly suggests causality: As people ...
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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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Are there benefits to holding a child back a year before starting kindergarten?

My wife and I are having a bit of a debate (I won't reveal which side I'm on!). Our situation is perfect for this question, as we have two daughters: one was born Sept. 15th, and the other on Aug. ...
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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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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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Can't spoil a young baby with attention?

Your Baby's First Year by the American Academy of Pediatrics[1], in a chapter about very young babies, includes the following paragraph: The best way to handle crying is to respond promptly to your ...
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Does marriage between first cousins double the risk of birth defects?

From The Guardian: Marriage between first cousins doubles risk of birth defects... Is this true? After all, the Rothschilds (richest banking family in human history) are known for inter-marriages ...
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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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Is breastfeeding while drunk dangerous?

Is it dangerous for a child to breastfeed from a drunk mother? It doesn't seem to be culturally acceptable, but if breast milk contains roughly the same percentage of alcohol as that person's blood, ...
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Do flashcards for babies improve literacy or numeracy?

Baby flashcards have grown in popularity. They are advertised with seemingly amazing effects, like 1½ year old reading and counting. On the other hand academics seem to either say that they don't ...
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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 water or tea dangerous for young infants?

Is there evidence that introducing liquids (tea, boiled water) to infants earlier than 6-months' old damages their health? At Circle of Moms, I read an answer to a question about feeding a 1-month ...
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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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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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Does Montessori daycare lead to higher educational achievement?

A Montessori curriculum contains these elements as essential elements: Mixed age classrooms, with classrooms for children aged 2½ or 3 to 6 years old by far the most common Student choice of ...