Children and the Law News Round-Up: June 1, 2012

Jailed Honor Student: Was she in the wrong? Is the judge being too harsh? Is it her parents’ fault for leaving her? Her teachers’ fault for not motivating her to come to class? Could her employer or her older brother have stepped in? Tell us what you think about the Texas truancy law and difficult cases such as this. Here is the story covered by Fox News and KHOU.

Violence in State-Run Juvenile Lock-ups: Texas juvenile justice officials struggle to find a solution to violence in their institutions. The Austin-American Statesman covers the story.

Child Welfare Hearings: Pros and cons for open hearings for child welfare cases, focused on California’s procedure (but don’t worry–if you look closely, Texas is mentioned in the article once as well)


Status Update: From Children’s privacy rights to parental techniques, opinions have been circulating about children’s appropriate use of social media. See a CNN opinion here, or a Houston mom‘s opinion here.

Speaking of Privacy: Tracking devices in school I.D.s? This San Antonio school district thinks the $500k plan will save them a lot of money.

Satisfying Snack?: If you use laundry detergent and you have small children, read this. If you like to think everything tastes as good as it looks, you should probably read this too.

System Error: It may be difficult to imagine, but playing video games could be bad for you. Read these articles, then turn off your laptop and go read a book. From CNN or Fox News, if you prefer.

Nudist Colony Update of the Month: Children being raised in nudist communities and how they feel about it.

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