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    The Blue Whale Challenge. What is it? Is it real? To the first question, put simply, it's a game where the curator, also known as a "whale," gives a teen fifty tasks, one per day. At the end of the fifty tasks, the teen is told to commit suicide. Suicide is the only way to complete the Blue Whale Challenge.

    Blue Whale Challenge: Real or Hoax?

    It's unclear if the Blue Whale Challenge is real or if it's just an urban legend, a hoax. The Blue Whale Challenge was believed to have begun on Russian social media. A more>

    This piece is a rebuttal to Should You Let Your Children Have Candy I’ve been a dietitian long enough to have lived through the low-fat craze, and now, much to my dismay, the era of sugar-phobia. Thanks to fear-mongering headlines that overstate what science actually knows, myriads of parents are freaking out over sugar—the key ingredient of lollipops, cotton candy, and pie that kids have been eating for decades. Now it’s suddenly toxic, poisonous, and the cause of every major disease. Look, I’m a mom and I […]  more>

    BCAUSEICAN mentors children in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, teaching them financial and computer literacy and how to eat healthy and live healthier lives. The nonprofit was founded by three men who were born and raised in this community and believe they have something to give back. This is exactly the kind of mission we can get behind at Kars4Kids and we were thrilled to be able to help BCAUSEICAN with a small grant, to the tune of $750. Because anything for the kids, right? That's how we f […]  more>

    Should you let your children have candy? You know it's bad for them. There's no question you know that. But candy is out there. It's everywhere. If some parents give their kids candy in moderation, and you do not, won't that tend to cause some sort of psychological damage to your child? And let's say you're willing to risk that—won't they just sneak it on the sly, at every opportunity? And if so, by setting up this situation, aren't you really just teaching your children to keep secrets from you, not to mention lie? Yup. Parents are between a rock (candy) and a hard (candy) plac […]  more>

    Fidget spinners have been wildly popular since they burst on the scene in December 2016. Touted as a way to alleviate anxiety and the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism, spinners have also created not a little controversy. Teachers have had to ban them from the classroom, since the toys tend to distract, well, anyone who isn't using one. And that would include the teachers. Imagine a classroom filled with kids turning these things around in their hands all day long, and you begin to get a picture of what today's classroom looks like. Unless the t […]  more>

    Infant and toddler hot car deaths which we have, in the past, called "Forgotten Baby Syndrome," is a topic that isn't going away anytime soon. We've tried to raise awareness of these tragedies here at Kars4Kids with postings (here, here, here, here, and more>

    Choking is the fourth leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of 5. Choking occurs when children swallow something large enough to block their airways. When a child's airways are blocked, the child will either find it difficult or impossible to breathe. Choking may seem a simple problem for parents to understand and deal with. Parents know, for instance, that hotdogs pose a choking hazard to children. But how many parents think they solve the problem by slicing a hotdog into thin rounds? The diameter of a child's airway is around the same size as the child's pinky fin […]  more>

    Professor Leon James is the go-to guy for anything you want to know about driving psychology—so much so that he's known as Dr. Driving. A professor of psychology at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, James has given 1,500 interviews to the media since 1997. That being the case, those of us at Kars4Kids figured there'd be no harm in requesting one more.more>

    Energy drinks and bars attract teenagers by holding out twin promises of increased strength and ability on the playing field, and better concentration in the classroom. These food products are especially appealing to teenagers, since they never get enough sleep. When teens wake up late for school, they don’t have time for breakfast. Even when teens have the time to sit and eat breakfast, energy drinks and bars attract, because they need no preparation. Teens don’t even need to sit down to eat or drink them. You open them up and hold them in one hand. Teens can eat or drink them as  they wal […]  more>

    Toddlers have all sorts of fears. While we feel for them in their terrors, it’s important to realize that fear is a good thing. It’s an emotion that protects us when facing new situations that could be dangerous. Fear tells us to be careful, to go slow, not to get too close. A toddler’s fear is no different. His fear is a reaction to something that feels like a threat. Our job as parents is to provide support and security as our children work through their fears. One way to do this is to acknowledge a toddler’s fears, even when being afraid of the vacuum cleaner, for instance, seems silly o […]  more>