“Scientists have known about childhood amnesia for more than a century. But it’s only in the past decade that they have begun to figure out when childhood memories start to fade, which early memories are most likely to survive, and how we create a complete autobiography without direct memories of our earliest years.” An interesting article, courtesy of NPR, about the phenomenon known as childhood amnesia.
“What constitutes bullying, exactly? When does it become a crime? And how do you punish it when both the victim and the accused are sixth-grade girls?” The flip side of the Rebecca Sedwick case.
And in a timely addendum to the above link, the CDC has finally released a uniform definition of bullying. (pdf link) From the report: Bullying is any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths who are not siblings or current dating partners that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated. Bullying may inflict harm or distress on the targeted youth including physical, psychological, social, or educational harm.
“According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that surveyed teen girls between the ages of 15 and 17, most young women don’t receive formal sexual health instruction until after they’ve already become sexually active. Federal health researchers warn that “this represents a missed opportunity” to ensure teens are receiving the medically accurate information they need to prevent pregnancy and STDs.” Original report here. (pdf)