Mykidstime News Roundup August 2012
As parents, the Mykidstime team is always on the lookout for news items of interest to parents, so welcome to our news round up of items that caught our attention this month from impulsiveness giving boys an edge in Maths to slapping kids....
Impulsiveness may give boys an edge in Maths - Approaching maths problems impulsively, by guessing at answers from memory rather than carefully calculating their responses, may give boys an edge over girls in the subject. LiveScience.com reports on the study, which concludes that parents of boys and girls alike can help their children by encouraging them to “shout out the answers” in maths class. From www.parents.com.
Dad Poses on Facebook as 13 Year Old Girl, Nabs Predators - Dany Lacerte has two young daughters – ones that he’d like to keep away from online predators. So, oftentimes you can find Lacerte on Facebook – but not on his own profile.
You can find the father from Quebec using the fake profile he started – one which Lacerte uses to pose as a 13 year old girl, luring in and exposing creeps. Lacerte has a Facebook page called “Contre les cyber-predateurs du Quebec” (Against cyber predators in Quebec) where he exposes the predators that he finds. He says he catches about five men per day. From www.8bitdad.com.
Teenager creates breast-cancer detecting app - 17 year-old Brittany Wenger of Lakewood Ranch, Florida has created a breast-cancer detecting app for a science fair project. The app that diagnoses with an incredible 99.11 percent sensitivity is called Cloud4Cancer and doctors can enter in their own data online to add to it. Given more data, it should work even better, according to Brittany. She also thinks her approach can be used to make neural networks that diagnose other diseases, including prostate cancer and ovarian cancer. From blogs.babble.com.
Half of Irish people believe it is acceptable to slap a child - A new survey, commissioned by Newstalk, has revealed that almost half of Irish people believe it is acceptable to slap a child. The survey found that 49 per cent of people thought it was acceptable to slap a child at least under some circumstances, with 49 per cent saying they had actually done so. From thejournal.ie.
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