Celebrities visiting a hospital has been a cool thing to do for a while now: Christian Bale and Chris Pratt have been known to stop by to cheer up kids. The latest feel-good story comes with the new cast of Ghostbusters, who stopped by Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston yesterday.
Is the third Divergent movie actually a child snuff film? No, but not, apparently, for lack of trying.
For generations, parents and teachers have turned to fables to inspire moral behavior among children. Some of the most popular stories teach the importance of telling the truth. A recent study, however, finds that fables that punish the main character for lying are less effective than those that reward honesty.
For most adults, talking to kids can be daunting. And not just in the "watch what you say" way but in the "they won't say anything to me" way. Luckily, science has stepped in to find the best methods for getting actual responses from kids.
We've been thoroughly enjoying Orphan Black, BBC America's show about a young woman who discovers, to her shock, that she's a clone. But what if, instead of being an orphan with no knowledge of her genetic heritage, Sarah was raised by loving parents? How might they try to ensure she grew up to be a happy and fully…
We like to think that children are born scientists. Because Neil deGrasse Tyson says so. Because The National Science Foundation proclaims it on its website. Because when Mark Twain warned that school should not "interfere with [one's] education," he clearly meant it as a prophetic indictment of No Child Left Behind…
Umberto Eco is best known for his novels, like Foucault's Pendulum and The Name of the Rose, but he also wrote a handful of children's books. In his marvelous book The Three Astronauts, Eco offered children a lesson on tolerance, while also training their brains in basic semiotics.
Sure, when it comes to making calculations and accumulating knowledge, computers have long since left most of us in the dust. But for tasks involving even a little nuance and uncertainty, computers can't even compete with your average preschooler.
The amazing inscriptions on ancient cave walls represent some of humanity's first known creative work, but it wasn't just master artists who were allowed to paint. Kids as young as two or three were cave-painting 13,000 years ago.
Creepy children who can see the future are a mainstay of movies and television — and a surprising number of them are artistically gifted. Put a crayon or magic marker in the hands of a little prophet, and he/she will draw you a deathly masterpiece every time.
Filler words like "um" and "er" may seem like the enemy of good speech - just ask anyone about to do a bit of public speaking - but they actually play a crucial role in helping children learn the language.
If you give a kid a choice between a healthy and a sugary cereal, the kid will tend to choose the healthy option. But what if you stick a beloved cartoon character on the box? Then all bets are off.
China launched its first crewed space mission in 2003, but its dreams of people in space stretch back much farther. A recurring image of that interplanetary future: chubby-cheeked toddlers cruising through space with puppies and bunnies.
Anybody hoping to sneak some withering sarcasm past an unsuspecting little brat is going to be sorely disappointed. Even the littlest of children can understand irony. Turns out children really aren't so different from us after all.
As we get older, our senses actually "fuse" together, and we lose the ability to focus on isolated pieces of sensory information. This means adults perceive certain events far more accurately than children can... and vice versa.
Star Wars: Luke Skywalker's Amazing Story looks innocent enough — an easy-reader take on the Star Wars saga — but inside these pages is the father of all spoilers. Literally.
A new study shows that children who are spanked are more likely to be violent later in life. With that in mind, check out this map of the World Anti-Spanking League. Is there a correlation between slapping heinies and warfare?
This device, called the PediSedate, was invented to calm kids down before a scary medical procedure. The helmet connects to a GameBoy that the child can play while a mouthpiece slowly blows nitrous oxide gas into the child's face.