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July 18, 2016

Last week’s family-related news coverage included a discussion of the effect of early bedtimes on weight gain, the benefits and drawbacks of screen time, teaching friendship in school, the Pokemon Go craze, and tips on talking to kids about racial violence.

An Early Bedtime for Kids May Fight Weight Gain Roni Caryn Rabin, The New York Times, July 14, 2016 Preschool children who are in bed by 8 p.m. are far less likely to be obese during adolescence than children who stay up late, a study has found.

On Kids and Screens, A Middle Way Between Fear and Hype Anya Kamenetz, NPR News, July 13, 2016 School’s out and it’s tempting to use digital devices to fill long summer days, but should we feel conflicted about handing our kids’ a screen to fill their time?

Is Friendship a Skill that Can be Taught In Schools? Cari Romm, New York Magazine, July 13, 2016 After interviewing school children about their friendships researchers found that children’s relationships governed by rules invisible to adults,

Pokemon Has Kids on the Move, And on Their Phones KJ Dell’Antonia, The New York Times, July 12, 2016 Pokemon GO is sweeping the nation and getting kids up and moving. “Phil LeClare of Salem, Mass., said that after three days of Pokémon Go while on vacation in Maine, his 11-year-old son proudly said that he’d walked 30 miles.”

Talking to Kids About Racial Violence Haig Chahinian, The New York Times, July 12, 2016 Eight useful tips to employ when talking to your children about racial violence.

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