11 Reasons Kids Are People Too

Posted Jun 29, by Val Liarikos [+]

A kid hacked his grades and changed them to be salutatorian!

In a Nevada high school, high school Senior Tyler Coyner decided that he would change his grades to be Salutatorian of his school! Supposedly, Coyner was also charging other students to change their grades as well, but it was never made clear whether he actually changed grades other than his own. 

Coyner was a good student as it was, so he didn’t have to change many grades to become salutatorian. He was just barely behind the actual salutatorian, and just needed to change a B+ to an A- to get the award. 

Administrators didn’t even notice because the change in his grades was so small. He ended up giving the speech as salutatorian, and spoke about how he learned what it meant to be a good student at his school. 

In another school, Palos Verdes High School, three kids were running a grade-changing business. The three students were Juniors and charged other students around $300 to change their grades. In order to hack the computers, they installed keystroke loggers on teacher computers to learn their teachers’ usernames and passwords. 

They used this information to help many other students cheat and make a huge profit!

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American kids think they outperform other countries in tests. In reality? they're almost dead last!

There are many things wrong in the American public school system (we covered cafeteria meals here), and the film Waiting for Superman brought light to a lot of the issues facing schools. 

One of the most shocking ones is that, on international math and science tests, American schoolchildren rank 25th in Math and 21st in Science among the 30 most developed countries. However, they also ranked 1st in thinking they outperformed everyone else. Some experts think that this is a combination of a high focus on self-esteem and low expectations. If true, this might put the US in an educational disadvantage in the future. 

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Praising kids for their intelligence may actually stifle their progress!

When a child of a young age is especially intelligent, it is common for them to receive praise from nearly everyone they come in contact with. While most people would assume this would help the child and make them want to become more intelligent, it often has the reverse effect. Kids who are constantly told they are intelligent eventually become accustomed to it. They are so used to people praising aspects of schoolwork that they excel at, that they will often refuse to even try things that are more difficult for them.

This is one reason why kids who are good at math and initially struggle with English or spelling will continue to completely disregard language classes because they never put in the initial effort to learn the basics and fear the criticism of not being labeled intelligent.

Research suggests that instead of constantly telling children how intelligent they are, it is more useful to praise their effort. Intelligence in young children is impressive, yet if a child is constantly reminded of the fact they will think they do not need to work as hard because it comes naturally. Instead, emphasize the fact that it was a child’s effort, not their intelligence, that brought them to success and they will go much further in the long run!

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Flamin' Hot Cheetos are sending kids to the ER!

Doctors are seeing an alarming increase in ER visits from kids who are eating a lot of the popular Flamin' Hot Cheetos. Already several schools in New Mexico, California and Illinois have banned the snacks from their campuses because of their poor nutritional value. However, they're not just making kids fat. They're driving them to the ER. 

Fortunately, they're not going for a real medical problem. Instead, the ER visits are driven by parents mistakenly assuming that their kids are pooping blood. These particular Cheetos contain a lot of red food dye, which has been known to turn consumers' stools red or orange. Parents see this, panic, and take them to the ER. 

Now you know. If you wanna fake sick, just eat a lot of red dye and you're set. 

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Teddy bears and other toys kill more people than REAL bears.

In the last 89 years 82 Americans have been killed by bears. Compare that to the 22 deaths caused by toys like teddy bears EVERY YEAR.

Children are at most risk from death from their toys. For instance, small parts in a teddy bear can be a choking hazard (like its eyes). Also, children can trip on teddy bears and fall down a flight of stairs or hit their head on a sharp corner of a table.

Also, a teddy bear once killed 2,500 fish! A teddy bear fell into a pool at a trout hatchery, clogging the pipes. The fish all suffocated and died.
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Bob Marley had 3 children born in 4 weeks to 3 different women!

Marley married Rita Anderson in 1966, but he had children by several other women. He had three children in late April and the first half of May. The first was born in April on the 20th in 1972. His name was Stephen Marley and he was the child of Bob Marley’s wife Rita. 

The next two children Marley fathered that were born in 1972 were born in May. On May 16th, Marley had a child named Robert, nicknamed Robbie, with Pat Williams. 

On May 19th, just days later, Marley had a child named Rohan with Janet Hunt. Marley had eleven children that are included on his official website. Of those eleven children, five were Rita’s children and the other 6 were children by different women. Unofficially, he also had a child named Makeda with Yvette Crichton.

Makeda was born just after Marley died. Imani Carole may also have been one of Marley’s children. Bob Marley had many women in his life. Besides his wife, he had children with as many as eight women!

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Babies have a number of innate instincts that are lost as they grow up

They’re called a primitive reflexes, and they are reflex actions within the central nervous system that are exhibited by babies, yet not part of the neurological makeup of adults.

In response to different stimuli, different reflexes will occur mostly for the purpose of survival. For example babies when hungry and touched by another person will display what is known as the "rooting reflex" which helps them instinctively find the mother’s nipple to breastfeed.

The "Moro reflex" results when a baby’s head is moved. The reaction all children will have is unconsciously extending their head and legs, their arms will jerk up and out with palms up and thumbs flexed and the baby will cry loudly.

These reflexes disappear as we age because the frontal lobes slowly faze them out. Unfortunately, those with atypical neurology retain some primitive reflexes such as cerebral palsy, and improper fazing out can lead to dementia, traumatic lesions, and strokes.

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The heaviest baby ever born weighed 23 pounds, 12 ounces.

Part of the reason he was so large had to due with the fact that his mother was 7 feet, 5 inches tall! Unfortunately, this baby boy passed away just 11 hours after his birth. The heaviest baby to survive, however, was born in Aversa, Italy in 1955 and weighed 22 pounds, 8 ounces! And the lightest surviving baby ever? Well, that would be Amillia Taylor of Miami, Florida. She was delivered in February 2007 after only 21 weeks and 6 days in the womb at an astounding weight of only 10 ounces!
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Jay-Z and Beyonce's Baby entered the Billboard Charts at 1 week old!

Blue Ivy Carter is the youngest person to enter the Billboard charts which also possibly makes her the youngest person to make music history. Jay-Z released the song, Glory, about Ivy Blue with his wife Beyonce on January 9th 2012. 

It featured the sound of Blue's cries at the end, for which she is credited. The song immediately became a viral hit, and entered the Billboard chart at No.74. 

Its refrain is "The most amazing feeling I feel/Words can't describe what I'm feeling for real/ Maybe I paint the sky blue/My greatest creation was you. You. Glory." 

This did stir a quite a bit outrage, however, it should be noted that this record in itself doesn't give Ivy any sort of head start in the music business, it isn't exactly something she can put on her resume. It's simply a loving gesture from parents, that they can guilt her with every time she doesn't want to clean her room. 

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There was a child prodigy who spoke his first words at 4-months old and graduate college at the age of 10!

His name is Michael Kearney and for a while he had the youngest postgraduate ever. Michael was diagnosed with ADHD but his parents refused the medication. He spoke his first words when he was 4 months old. At 6 months, he told his pediatrician "I have a left ear infection," and learned how to read at 10 months.

When he was 4, he was given a multiple choice diagnostic test for the Johns Hopkins precocious math program. He didn't study for it, and got a perfect score.

He graduated high school when he was 6, and then enrolled in Junior college, where he graduated with an Associate of Science in Geology at the age of 8. He then went on to the University of Alabama, where he got a bachelor's in anthropology at the age of 10. Then, at the age of 14, he got a masters in biochemistry.

He's been a contestant in some game shows, including Gold Rush, where he won $1,000,000. He was also on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, but there he only won $25,000.

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A rare condition means this boy can't ever stop smiling.

A UK baby boy was born with a rare genetic condition called Angelman syndrome. It's a chromosome disorder that generates severe learning hurdles. However, one of the side effects is a permanent smile.

The condition is pretty serious however. The boy may never be able to speak or even walk. However, the family is hopeful that he'll be able to learn how to sign. They say that the boy can understand what they're saying, he just can't communicate back. There's less than 1000 people in the UK with the condition.

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