families & children
Underage sex trafficking is in the news again after Washington state enacted a law requiring websites like backpage.com to maintain documentation proving the age of escorts advertising on the site. Some argue that escort websites are better than the alternative, but, there does not yet appear to be a model for ending child prostitution.
After weeks of controversy, the film "Bully" finally obtained the PG-13 rating it coveted. The documentary about America's bullying problem and the young people whose lives are directly affected by it, was originally given an R rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, because of its harsh language and intense scenes.
Detention and suspension rates in Chicago increase during end of month period, may be related to food stamps
A recent study of public schools in Chicago shows an increase in the rate of detentions and suspensions at the end of the month among students whose families receive government assistance. The study has been linked to data showing lower caloric intake at the end of the month for recipients of food-stamps.
In a report released Thursday, the Center for Disease Control estimated 1 in 88 children in the United States has received a diagnosis of autism or a related disorder. The report has renewed the debate over the causes and diagnostic criteria for autism.
The new film, "The Lorax" has faced criticism from the left and right, with some claiming that it's environmentalist propaganda, and others claiming that it promotes capitalistic, corporate values.
The ads use kids who are overweight describing the problems they face in an effort to get parents to realize their children are overweight. The ads, which were designed in consultation with a local hospital, have caused critics to label them as just another example of fat-shaming.
As the year ends, movie houses are trying to get their end-of-year blockbusters out. Today, thousands will flock to movie theaters where they can take in a half a dozen major releases of all themes and plot lines.
Many of the products sold at Victoria's Secret are said to contain 'fair-trade' cotton. But a new report from Bloomberg News found that that cotton is often planted and picked by children 13 and younger, who are forced to work like slaves.
An 8-year-old Ohio boy was taken from his parents and his home because he's overweight. He weighs nearly 200 pounds when a typical third grader weighs 60 pounds. Now the state has put him in foster care, but many are wondering if it's going to help — and if it's even right.
A third person has stepped forward to accuse long-time Syracuse basketball assistant Bernie Fine, center, of sexual assault, leading the school to fire him. Also on Sunday, ESPN released audio of his wife seeming to acknowledge she knew of her husband molesting young boys.