Scary Stories Are Actually Pretty Beneficial for Kids

In an effort to protect their kids, some parents will keep them away from books, TV shows, and movies that might be too scary. But to a certain extent, scary stories help children learn how to deal with fear in real life.

As Cari Romm at Science of Us explains, scary stories, and even nightmares, are dress rehearsals for real-life fear. And according to sociologist Margee Kerr, scary stories are a helpful tool for developing confidence. Think about it. When you make it through a scary movie, haunted house, or roller coaster ride, you end up feeling accomplished—like you made it through something. This little self-esteem boost carries over and teaches kids that, while things might be scary sometimes, it’s possible to make it through and they’ll be better off for it.

No, you shouldn’t be trying to scare the crap out of your kids, but it’s okay for them to read some ghost stories or get scared of the boogeyman every once in a while. They’ll learn how to cope with fear in a low-stakes setting and be more prepared for the many real obstacles they’ll face in life. Kids develop bravery and confidence, they’re not born with it.

Braille LEGO-Style Bricks Help Blind Children Learn To Read While Playing

Co-founded by the non-profit initiative Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind, and the agency  Lew’Lara\TBWA, The Braille Bricks project aids blind children to learn how to read through play. Each block features a braille letter, for blind and sighted children to use as a toy and learning tool.

Take a look at the first ever braille lego bricks below and how they are used. The simple but brilliant design used the Braille alphabet & six-dot figures to help the visually learn to read, while stimulating creativity. The blocks showcase the 26 letters of the alphabet in braille in a fun and exciting way.

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Clearwater School Which Was First in World ‘to Replace Textbooks’ with Kindles Now ‘Never Uses Them’, Students Say

A Clearwater school which bought a brand new Kindle for each of its students five years ago has still not paid for many of them – and most have never been used.

In 2010 Clearwater High School became the first school in the world to buy a Kindle e-reader for each of its 1,750 students because it thought Kindles would replace textbooks.

A promotional video made by Amazon back in 2012 shows students at the school using the Kindles.

But current students have revealed the Kindles are rarely – if ever – used.

Student Raymani Hill, a Clearwater High School junior, told ABC Action News most of the students do not take the Kindles home and claims she did not check one out at all during her first two years at the school.

The channel reports Clearwater High borrowed against six years of the school’s technology funds to buy 2,300 Kindles for $177.66 – and the loan is still being repaid.

Then in 2012 the school’s principal, Keith Mastorides, requested that the Pinellas County Board of Education allow him to buy another 1,000 Kindle Fires at a cost of $169 each, using ‘grants and internal accounts.’

In an email to the news channel he said they needed that number because 20 per cent of the devices are broken each year and are replaced by warranties or student-purchased insurance.

‘They were Frisbees in school. They would break and kids would test their durability by throwing them across the school,’ he said.

The school claims to offer 27 English, math and science textbooks on Kindle – but Raymani maintains she has never had any of her textbooks on Kindle.

Records show only 44 Clearwater high students actually checked out a Kindle last year.