A children’s toy company exposed data on 4.8 million parents and 200,000 kids

As millions of Americans head to online stores for Black Friday, one company is having a problem keeping its customers’ information safe. An unidentified hacker was able to extract nearly 5 million credentials from the website of children’s toy manufacturer Vtech, according to an exclusive report from Motherboard. The hacker, who obtained the data through a SQL injection attack, says […]

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The astonishing amount of data being collected about your children

Remember that ominous threat from your childhood, “This will go down on your permanent record?” Well, your children’s permanent record is a whole lot bigger today and it may be permanent. Information about your children’s behavior and nearly everything else that a school or state agency knows about them is being tracked, profiled and potentially shared. During a February 2015 […]

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Hillary Clinton Outlines College Plan for Students With Children

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlined plans Friday to make it easier for students with children to complete a college degree. In a town hall in Dubuque, Iowa, the Democratic presidential candidate continued her week-long focus on college affordability, what she terms a “new college compact,” announcing she would seek to dramatically increase in federal funding for college child-care […]

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France Investigates Accusations That Soldiers Raped Children

Accusations have surfaced that French soldiers in Central African Republic sexually abused children they were sent to protect (PARIS) — French prosecutors and military authorities are investigating accusations that French soldiers in Central African Republic sexually abused children they were sent to protect. The French probes follow an initial United Nations investigation into the allegations a year ago — all […]

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Nigeria Hails the Freeing of 200 Women and Children but Regrets Continued Captivity of Chibok Girls

When a Nigerian military spokesman claimed on Tuesday to have rescued some 200 women and girls held captive by members of the Boko Haram, hopes soared that they might be the schoolgirls kidnapped a year ago from a dormitory that put the name of their small town, Chibok, in the global spotlight. The kidnapping, which took place on April 14, […]

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Obama Says No Talks While GOP ‘Threatening To Harm Women and Children’

Taking a hard line against congressional Republicans on the eve of a government shutdown, President Barack Obama said he won’t negotiate over budget issues while Republicans are “threatening” a shutdown that will harm voters. “I am not only open to, but eager to have negotiations around a long term budget,” Obama told reporters in the Oval Office after meeting with […]

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Guns, Cities and the Death of Hadiya Pendleton

Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton became the Windy City’s 42nd homicide this year when she was gunned down by an unknown attacker near her high school on Jan. 29. But the 15-year-old honor student’s death has had reverberations beyond her hometown — she had performed in President Obama’s inauguration parade just a week before, and her tragic end was mourned by celebrities and […]

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Mississippi Learning: Why the State’s Students Start Behind — and Stay Behind

When school begins next month in Mississippi, Akeeleon Lewis will head to kindergarten for the second time. He started school last fall not knowing his colors or numbers. “He couldn’t even hold a pencil,” says Judy Packer, his kindergarten teacher at McNeal Elementary School in Canton, a city of 13,000 about 30 miles northeast of the state capital in Jackson. […]

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