Sunday: Our Youth

Youngster reviews new video game

My last column was about how I love to make card games and board games. I’ve also written columns about Scratch, which is a programming software used to code video games. In case you couldn’t tell, I like games. A lot. I was like pretty much every other 21st century kid with access to ...

Voices of youth

What’s your favorite thing to do outdoors?

New anti-hunger program starts at Sawyer school

K.I. SAWYER — A typical day goes so much better for youngsters when they have full bellies instead of empty ones. To help alleviate hunger in the region, a new program called Paw Packs has been created to get foods in the hands of students at K.I. Sawyer Elementary School. Hannah ...

Milwaukee launches initiative to help kids save for college

By ANA MARTINEZ-ORTIZ Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service MILWAUKEE (AP) — For children from low-income families, the thought of attending college may not even cross their minds. Recent studies have shown that post-secondary education goals of black and Latino students are ...

Fresh Coast literacy

MARQUETTE — A lot was going on at the Marquette Commons during the opening night of the Fresh Coast Film Festival on Thursday, with movies, food trucks and campers filling the area. Just a short distance away at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, located at 123 W. Baraga Ave., ...

Even tech execs fret about their kids’ smartphone addictions

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO — Like a lot of parents, Mike Herrick occasionally sees his 13-year-old daughter getting lost in her smartphone and wonders: Is technology messing with children’s brains, even as it enlightens and empowers them in ways that ...

‘Girls on the Run’

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Sinking a free throw or hitting a home run are fine athletic accomplishments, to be sure. However, they can be even more gratifying when achieved with a good mental attitude. Girls on the Run Upper Peninsula is entering its second year ...

‘Laughing grandmother’ video makes picture book a big hit

By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK — The country’s hottest book isn’t a hit because of Oprah Winfrey or Donald Trump. It’s all because of a laughing Scottish grandmother. Thanks to a viral video of Janice Clark reading Craig Smith’s “The Wonky Donkey” to her baby ...

Voices of youth

If you could invent an app, what would it be?

Traveling abroad with your young kids?

By TRACEE M. HERBAUGH Associated Press Some questioned my sanity: I was taking young children on a vacation abroad, mostly alone. It was just the three of us — my infant daughter, 6-year-old son and me. We’d board a plane in Boston, fly to London and then take a train to Paris. ...

How to help your child with boredom

“I’m bored.” If you gave me a nickel for every time you heard someone say this, I would acquire quite a nice sum of money. Speaking of money, according to the article “The Surprising Benefits of Boredom,” written by Dr. Neel Burton for psychologytoday.com, in 2016 the entertainment ...

Child experts file FTC complaint against Facebook kids’ app

NEW YORK (AP) — Children’s and public health advocacy groups say Facebook’s kid-centric messaging app violates federal law by collecting kids’ personal information without getting verifiable consent from their parents. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and other groups ...

Iron ore & Civil War

NEGAUNEE — Where there’s smoke, there’s history. That was the case at least on Friday when Lakeview Elementary School fourth-graders visited the Michigan Iron Industry Museum to learn about “Iron Ore and the Civil War.” Things like blacksmithing, cannon-firing and medical ...

Voices of youth

What would you do if you were invisible for a day?

Fun times with figure skating

I started figure skating because I saw my friend do it in a show and that made me want to do it, but I had been thinking about it, though, throughout the years. I started figure skating when I was 6. I was having so much fun, too, that is until I found out my friend figure skated and that she ...

Reading rocks!

By TRINITY CAREY Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum was “All About Books” Thursday evening as families gathered for reading and activities as part of the museum’s Third Thursday Literacy Nights. The Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan ...

‘Hookup culture’

MARQUETTE — Incoming freshmen — and even upperclassmen with a few years of college already completed — have to deal with a lot during school. Grades, part- or full-time jobs and extracurricular activities take a lot of time and effort. Then there’s the “having fun” part of ...

Calling teen vaping ‘epidemic,’ officials weigh flavor ban

By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials are sounding the alarm about teenage use of e-cigarettes, calling the problem an “epidemic” and ordering manufacturers to reverse the trend or risk having their flavored vaping products pulled from the ...