Fluffy robot duck plans to befriend and comfort children with cancer

…I want one too.

Parents giving alcohol too soon to kids, researchers say

Kids really shouldn’t be drinking… really.

African kids show much more self-control than Western kids — they passed the famous Marshmallow Test

Two-thirds of Nso children have enough restraint to pass a test that predicts success later in life.

Stress as a child may leave you unable to cope with stress and depression later on

Stress — it’s never good for you. But sometimes, it’s worse.

Guns kill or wound 7,000 children in the US yearly — it’s the third-leading cause of death among children

There is so much more we can do.

Speech and language deficits aren’t to blame for autistic children’s tantrums

Knowing what it’s not brings us one step closer to understanding what it is.

Unvaccinated children account for majority of pediatric deaths due to the flu

Immunization is important.

Personality traits are “contagious among children” — especially good ones

When preschoolers hang out with each other, they tend to borrow each other’s personalities, a new study has found.

Deadly, mysterious child disease in India caused by skipping meals and lychee, study finds

Don’t skip on meals!

Children can become closer to pets than to siblings, study finds

Because no one wants to feed and wash their siblings.

By the time they’re 12 years old, children’s notions of truth and lies become more nuanced

Parents tell their children that ‘lying is bad’ but not everyone takes their word for it.

Children less likely to trust ugly people, study finds

Children judge a book by its cover.

Young children may benefit from playing video games

Researchers found a positive association between the amount of time spent playing video games and children’s mental health as well as their mental and social aptitudes.

Income inequality is widening gaps in children’s education

Is the American dream over?

At age four, most children are willing to make sacrifices in the name of group loyalty

Loyalty is a complex emotion, and paradoxical at times. For many loyalty is intrinsically link to identity, since our loyalty and allegiance to our nationality, families and friends or lack thereof defines us as persons. Psychologists have been studying the interplay of social injustice, righteous anger and group allegiance of many years (marketers especially love these kinds of studies). Loyal persons are seen by others as nicer and more trustworthy. But how early in life do we actually see group loyalty develop? As early as age four, a new research suggests.

How to get your kids to make healthy food choices [infographic]

The fast rise of childhood and adolescent obesity in the US should be one of the government’s biggest concern.  One in three American kids are classed as obese. But while there’s much the government can do, like improve food served at cafeterias or crack down on abusive junk food advertising targeted for kids, the biggest responsibility lies with the parents.

Raise’em right! Only we’re not – modern parenting may hinder brain development

Several cultural beliefs and modern social practices may hinder children’s mental, moral and emotional development, finds a study by an interdisciplinary body of research presented recently at a symposium at the University of Notre Dame.

Homes cleaned with bleach linked to higher rate of infection in children

Homes cleaned at least once a week with bleach might provide an environment that puts children at a higher risk of catching viral infections. The observational study suggests the modest, yet significant higher risk of infection may be due to a suppression of the immune system. Also, it might very well be due to the irritant properties of volatile or airborne compounds generated during the cleaning process that can damage the lining of lung cells, sparking inflammation and making it easier for infections to take hold.

Here’s what kids eat at school lunch around the world. Needless to say, US trails behind

A typical school cafeteria serving contains fried food stuff like nuggets, mashed potatoes or peas. Kids’ nutritional uptake and diet could be a lot better, as proven elsewhere by schools all around the world. Sweetgreen, a restaurant the values local and organic produce, recently published on its Tumblr an amazing photo journal detailing what a typical cafeteria serving looks like in countries like South Korea, Brazil or Italy.

Play outside, kids! Sunlight reduces chances of myopia in children

You often hear people complaining that kids don’t play outside anymore – instead just hanging in the house all day long, playing on the computer (tablet/xbox/whatever). This is a pretty big problem, because there is a myriad of advantages to playing outside; this study has added yet another advantage to that list: playing outside reduces the risk of myopia in