‘Hello Ruby’ – a children’s book that teaches programming to 4 – 7 year olds

Finnish programmer Linda Liukas had a major crush on Al Gore as a teenager. She wanted to share her passion for the then-vice president with a fan page. She didn’t have the pre-made templates that Tumblr and WordPress now place at our fingertips so built a site from scratch by teaching herself HTML and CSS.

 

 

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Why first-born children are smarter

First-borns around the world, it turns out, have higher IQ’s.

According to a new study “those born earlier perform better in school” and, it’s because of the parents. Parents simply go easy on their later-born kids, according to data analyzed by economists V. Joseph Hotz and Juan Pantano, and as a result, first-born children tend to receive both the best parenting and the best grades.

 

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What’s behind the increasing cost of raising a child in the U.S.

A child born in 2012 is estimated to cost $241,080 to raise.

It’s becoming increasingly expensive to have kids.  But it has never been cheaper to clothe and feed them, as well. The total cost of raising a child born in 2012 is estimated at $241,080 – and double that if your child attends college.  That’s a 23% increase from 1960. So what is getting more expensive?

 

 

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Play-i’s robot will teach your child to program

Play-i is making robots to encourage tangible play with technology.

The tech world has collectively decided that programming is an essential skill all kids should learn, perhaps even before they learn to read. The programming market has been saturated with tablet apps aimed at raising the next Zuckerburg.

 

 

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Google is working on new technology to eradicate child porn from the internet

Google is working on fighting child porn on the web with new technology.

Google, the search and mobile superpower, is working on new technology that would effectively purge all images of child pornography and abuse from most of the Web.

 

 

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How good fathers contribute to their kids’ lives

Men bring much more to the parenting enterprise than money, when many fathers are highly involved in childrearing.

Like many of her peers in Hollywood, Jennifer Aniston, not to mention scholars and writers opining on fatherhood these days, she has come to the conclusion that dads are dispensable: “Women are realizing it more and more knowing that they don’t have to settle with a man just to have that child,” she said at a press conference a few years ago.

 

 

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Up to 1 in 5 U.S. children have a mental health disorder: CDC

Only 21 percent of affected children actually get treatment.

About 7 million to 12 million children in the U.S., up to 1 in 5,  experience a mental-health disorder each year, according to a new report billed as the first comprehensive look at the mental-health status of American children.

 

 

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