July 24, 2020

On today's show, with most schools opting for remote learning this fall, Adrian and Ethan take on the discussion..."Print books versus electronic books?" Later in the show we highlight pediatric vehicular heatstroke and steps we can take to prevent these needless deaths and injuries.

With many school districts around the country opting for remote learning this fall, many parents question on screen versus paper books studying. And rightly so.

As an assistant professor of education at the University of North Dakota, Virginia Clinton had always encouraged her students to save money on textbooks and buy cheaper digital versions or use free materials online. According to theories she learned in graduate school, there should be no difference between reading on paper and reading on a screen.

But many of her education students told her they actually preferred paper. So she decided to compile results from 33 different high-quality studies that tested students’ comprehension and found that her students might be right.

The studies showed that students of all ages, from elementary school to college, tend to absorb more when they’re reading on paper than on screens, particularly when it comes to nonfiction material.

Sofia Reyes Designs Kid-Friendly Face Shield

Sofia Reyes, a 10-year-old girl from Los Angeles, has gone above and beyond to protect her peers. Sofia came up with the idea of making fun face shields as a school project. Her younger sister helped with the design.

"I know that some kids are afraid of masks. They don't feel secure with normal ones - I tried fun designs," said Reyes. She started out making shields for her family and her classmates. Her goal is to show the other kids that they can still protect themselves without stress.

In an interview with ABC 7, Sofia says…"There can be multiple kinds of designs on them. Like maybe some boys want sportsy thingies on them, maybe I can put a baseball or a basketball on the top. Or like girls also might want ponies or things like that. They can be different designs."

9-Year-Old and Friends Have Raised $100,000 for African American Businesses Selling Homemade Bracelets

Some unlikely heroes in Minneapolis have raised $100,000 to support black-owned businesses and neighborhoods—and they’re only 9-years-old.

9-year-old Kamryn Johnson and five of her friends decided to open a stand selling friendship bracelets. After a lot thinking about where the money would end up going, the group agreed that the proceeds would be donated to businesses and food banks in Minneapolis.

Kamryn & Friends: Bracelets for Unity and Justice” was born. Since setting up the stand on May 30, the kind they have raised more than $100,000 through sales of the bracelets online fundraising and donations. Their focus is on helping black business owners get back on their feet. A portion of the money raised will go towards providing food and household supplies to those in need.

Preventing Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke

860 children have died due to vehicular heatstroke since 1998. All of these deaths could have been prevented. As of July 21, 11 children have already died this year.

Orly Avitzur, M.D., former medical director for Consumer Reports, says "Temperatures that might seem comfortable for adults can quickly become dangerous for children".

Consumer Report testing shows it doesn't take hot weather for kids to wind up in danger. In some areas of the country, the threat is year-round.

The children that have died from vehicular heatstroke in the United States have ranged in age from 5 days to 14 years. More than half of the deaths (54%) are children under 2 years of age.