Amber Hagerman is the reason we have the Amber alert or a child abduction emergency alert system. As of April 2019, 957 children rescued specifically because of AMBER Alert. To this day, the Amber behind Amber alert is still waiting for justice. (source 1, 2)
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In the remote Pilbara region of Australia, an aboriginal community built a “train” to carry their children to school. The train cars are made from metal barrels and the locomotive is a tractor. The train is meant to keep attendance rates on track by getting kids excited to go to school.
For 14 years nobody on Sesame Street would believe Big Bird when he would try to tell them about Mr. Snuffleupagus. After an increase in child abuse cases, producers decided to make him “real” so children could see that adults will believe them when they have something important to say.
Carl, a 5-year-old deaf boxer who is unbothered by court noises, accompanies kids during depositions and trials. He offers a sense of protection for children while they face their abusers in court.
Breaker boys between age 8-12 were employed to work 10 hours a day, 6 days a week to separate impurities from coal. Despite public disapproval, the practice of employing children in this line of work lasted for decades, only finally ending in the US in the 1920s.
Going down a slide with a young child in your lap puts them in danger. Their little feet can get caught on the way down as your weight keeps pushing forward, which causes their legs to twist. Experts who studied injury data advise against letting kids go down a slide with you, because the majority of sliding-on-lap injuries for children under 6 are fractures of the lower leg.
When an Israeli daycare started fining parents for late pickup of their children, the number of late pickups increased. The reason was that previously the daycare had a social contract, so the sense of guilt for being late motivated parents to be on time, but now the guilt went away as it was replaced by an affordable fine.
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The Aztec Empire is one of the first societies in which all the children irrespective of class or gender were required to have an education.
Some chimp infants have been observed caring for sticks like human children care for dolls. This implies that, like humans, chimpanzees are capable of imagination.
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Keanu Reeves runs a private charitable foundation to fund cancer research and children’s hospitals. In 2009, he told Ladies Home Journal: “I don’t like to attach my name to it, I just let the foundation do what it does.”
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