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Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 05/31/2011

Kids’ reading ability drops as they use computers more

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As computer leisure time increased for 9 and 10-year-old kids in the U.S. and Sweden, their reading skills declined, says new research. The report from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden followed the reading skills and computer use of children in three countries since 1970. (Parentables)

After a gun fight occurred outside her classroom, Mexican teacher Rivera Alanis distracted her primary school students with a song from the children’s show “Barney.” Rivera was commended for the way she kept her students calm by Mexican Gov. Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz. The children sang about chocolate rain drops while lying on the floor faced down. (USA Today)

American Airlines will no longer allow large, jogging and non-collapsible strollers to be checked at the gate starting June 1. The new policy was made partly because large and non-collapsible strollers were not easily handled at gates and on the jet bridges for airplanes, says an American Airlines spokesman. (

By On Parenting  |  02:20 PM ET, 05/31/2011

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