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New Emojis Give Kids a Unique Language to Speak Out Against Abuse

Featuring images of abuse, alcohol use, and self-harm, Abused Emoji offers children a means to express their complex realities.

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Love them or hate them, emojis have become one of the most widely used pseudo-languages of our smartphone-based world. From sex to racial diversity, emojis have grown and adapted to fit the needs of those digital natives for whom a picture might very well be worth a thousand words. And for some children, emojis may soon become a powerful tool to express ideas and emotions too complex and overwhelming to put into words.

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The First-Ever Design Week Dedicated to Children Begins Today in Milan

Kids will be the number-one priority at this design convention.

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The French philosopher Roland Barthes, in his famous book of essays, Mythologies, once grumpily criticized the world of children’s toys, lambasting them as unimaginative and banal reproductions of the adult world. “Faced with this world of faithful and complicated objects, the child can only identify himself as owner, as user, never as creator,” wrote Barthes. “He does not invent the world, he uses it: there are, prepared for him, actions without adventure, without wonder, without joy.”

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Seven-Year-Old Faith Lennox’s 3D Printed Arm Cost $50

3D printing may take bionic limbs from clunky and expensive to accessible and affordable.

An early version of Lennox's arm. Photo via Build It Workspace

Seven-year-old Faith Lennox’s favorite colors are blue, purple, and pink—the same colors used to design her 3D-printed prosthetic arm, hand, and fingers that her parents purchased for a mere $50.

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Roona Begum is a one-and-a-half-year-old girl born in a tiny village in the state of Tripura, a neglected corner of north-eastern India. She suffers from hydrocephalus, a birth defect caused by a build-up of fluid in the brain leading to massive swelling of the head. Her parents, Abdul and Fatema, struggle to take care of their daughter. Abdul is a laborer who earns 150 rupees a day (less than three U.S. dollars), and the family could not afford proper medical care. After being told by doctors that there was nothing that could be done for Roona, they had almost given up hope.

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I grew up as an older brother in a family of nine kids. This meant entertaining my siblings with drawings and stories I came up with. I found out what children enjoyed in a good story, which led me to becoming a children’s book author. I learned early on that without engaging characters, and valuable lessons, a story couldn’t stick with a child into adulthood.

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WATCH: Congolese Children Meet The Great White Sasquatch

Justin Wren, who calls himself the "White Sasquatch," volunteers in the Congo to help people in need. He shot this amazing video on his iPhone of a g

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MMA fighter Justin Wren, who calls himself the "White Sasquatch," volunteers in the Congo to help people in need. He shot this video on his iPhone of a group of children experiencing the thrill of touching his arm hair and beard.

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