The UK is calling on social media to step up their child safety guidelines. Turning off reaction buttons and limiting data collection are among the 16 recommendations for age-appropriate design, released this week by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). “There has to be a balancing act: protecting people online while embracing the opportunities that digital innovation brings,” UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham wrote in a blog post. “And when it comes to children, that’s more important than ever,” she continued. “In an age when children learn how to use a tablet before they can ride a bike, making sure they have the freedom to play, learn, and explore in the digital world is of paramount importance.” Some proposed standards seem obvious: limit how children’s personal data is collected, used, and shared; disable geolocation tools and targeted advertising as standard. Others, as recommended by the ICO, may not be: … [Read more...] about UK Proposes Stricter Child Safety Rules for Social Media
Child allowance guidelines
Both federal and state laws support the strong policy that a parent’s first and principal obligation is to support his/her minor children. Each parent has equal responsibility to support the child. The court has the authority to order either or both parents to pay any amount necessary for the support and education of their child. The state has a mandatory uniform child support guideline to determine the amount of child support. The court cannot deviate from this guideline amount unless it finds ordering a different amount than the guideline amount is in the child’s best interest or the application of the guideline is unjust for reasons enumerated in the Family Code. The reasons, however, are very limited, giving the court very little discretion. FACTORS USED IN CALCULATING CHILD SUPPORT: (1) Gross Income: includes commissions, overtime, bonuses, rental income, pensions, or benefits: such as unemployment, disability, worker’s compensation, or social … [Read more...] about Child Support and the Case of Launa Morton v. David Morton (September 26, 2018)
As part of Child Passenger Safety Week, which begins Monday, AAA and other safety organizations are encouraging parents to take the time to ensure their children are in the correct seat for their age and size when riding in the car. AAA says 3 out of 4 car seats are not installed correctly, putting roughly 75% of children at a greater risk of injury or death. More Headlines Trade in car seat for 20% off at Target right now Mom's Nagging Text About Newborn's Car Seat May Have Saved His Life Day care owner drugged children, tied them to car seats for hours, police say AAA recommends following the car seat and child restraint guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which in August updated its recommendations to encourage children to stay in rear-facing seats until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the seat. Previous recommendations said children could graduate to a forward-facing seat after their second birthday. Cynthia … [Read more...] about AAA: Don’t move child to next car seat stage too soon
PUBLISHED: 15:20 06 September 2018 Stacey Turner An illustration created by Claire Spake with guidance from Stacey Turner to represent separation anxiety without the use of words. Archant Probably one of the biggest development’s in any young child’s life is the day they start school. Yet for many, the anxiety of being separated from parents means this is a traumatic time for all involved. Stacey Turner, a former teacher, children’s author and expert of separation anxiety, looks at how to cope with this experience in the second part of this feature. Separation anxiety expert Stacey Turner.Imagine your child learning self-care, soothing and survival skills in their formative years, skills which build confidence, trust and resilience they can carry forward and draw on when required in the future. For a child to learn it’s OK to feel the way they do and that it’s OK to reach out for help is vital to ensure they feel heard, understood and valued.Anxious … [Read more...] about Is the new school year causing your child to feel separation anxiety?
Which would be the more effective vehicle to invest a $40,000 inheritance for my 14-year-old son with a five to seven-year time frame while he builds his own savings towards a property purchase? Managed funds or insurance bonds? The problem for parents investing on behalf of children is that they can easily fall foul of the punitive children’s tax laws if they invest in their own name, or as trustee for the child. This is because income is taxed at the top marginal rate once it exceeds $416 a year. This is why I prefer insurance bonds. Because the bond earnings accrue in the form of bonuses that are added to the bond’s value, there is nothing to declare on anybody’s tax return each year. When the child reaches 18, the bond can be transferred to them tax-free, or just left alone until the parent or grandparents feels it is appropriate to transfer all or the part of the money to them. It’s important to take advice before investing in insurance bonds to ensure … [Read more...] about Ask Noel: What’s the best way to invest a child’s inheritance?