Children

Telemedicine Tied to More Antibiotics for Kids, Study Finds

NEW YORK – A new study finds coughing kids seen via telemedicine visits are more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than children who went to a doctor’s office or clinic. The study, released Monday, found the drugs should not have been given in many cases. The researchers looked at more than 340,000 insured children who had respiratory illness visits in…

3 Takeaways for Parents from “Momo Challenge”

Some call it a concerning “Challenge” targeting our children. Others say the only ones falling for it are overprotective adults and there’s really nothing to it. Regardless, the Momo Challenge continues to appear on countless social media feeds worldwide, and it has a lot of our little ones very scared. If there are any sincere takeaways from the viral hoax,…

Protecting Your Children From the Rise in Online Porn

As concern grows over not only the amount of time our children may be spending online, but as well the access to potentially harmful materials such as porn, cyber experts want to remind parents they have more control over the situation than they realize. Pam Rowland, an assistant professor of cyber security at Dakota State University and co-founder of CYBHER,…

Kids Practice STEM Skills through FIRST LEGO League

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Students are using Legos to put their science, technology, engineering and math skills to the test. For the last 20 years nationally and 10 years in South Dakota, kids have been participating in the “FIRST LEGO League.” It’s a robotics program for kids ages 9 to 14. Kids design and program Lego robots. As a team, they build…

Pop Up Breakfast Raises Money for a Good Cause

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Sanaa’s 8th Street Gourmet, a popular Downtown Sioux Falls restaurant is usually closed on Sundays, but Sanaa opened up her doors this morning for a good cause. The restaurant held its first ever pop up breakfast. Sanaa’s usually serves Mediterranean food, but people were in for a treat today, as a traditional syrian breakfast was on the…

How to Cope with Back-to-School Stress

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The start of the school year can be a stressful time for kids and parents, especially for those starting school for the first time. Amy Marschall, a Psychologist at Sioux Falls Psychological Services wants parents to know if you or your child are having back-to-school anxiety, it’s completely normal. “It is a very stressful time of year….

South Dakota Schools Celebrate ‘School Lunch Hero Day’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-   Lunch is an important part of a child’s school day. School districts across South Dakota strive to serve nutritious meals, but they aren’t able to do this without the help of all their school nutrition professionals. This is why today they are honoring these people as a part of ‘School Lunch Hero Day.’ Lunch time at John…

Students Inspired by STEM Related Careers During Raven AeroStar Balloon Day

BALTIC, S.D.- Raven Industries is a major manufacturer in the Sioux Empire. Their unique tech company, “Raven Aerostar,” put on a special event today to inspire the next generation of workers. 200 middle and high schoolers weren’t at school today, instead they were playing with balloons at the Raven Innovation Campus in Baltic. Through observation and hands-on activities, students learned about…

Empire Mall Has “Caring Bunny” For Children With Disabilities

Sioux Falls, S.D.- The Caring Bunny was on hand at the empire mall this morning meeting children with special needs. It’s an opportunity for children with disabilities to take pictures with the Easter Bunny in a quiet environment before the busy hours of the mall begin. There was activities like coloring and playing with play-doh to keep their emotions calm…

8 People, Including Young Children, Escape House Fire

8 People, Including Young Children, Escape House Fire

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Eight people, including five children, escaped from a house fire in Rapid City. Fire officials say the family had an escape plan and the children, ages 3 to 13, following the route to safety Sunday afternoon. The fire apparently started in a garage below the home and spread to the living area. The cause is…

Child Psychiatrists Write Letter to Facebook CEO

The group has concerns with the new messaging app for kids

BOSTON – Some child development experts say a Facebook messaging app designed for kids is not the best thing for kids. A group including psychiatrists, pediatricians and educators has sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, arguing that children under 13 aren’t ready to have social media accounts, navigate the complexities of online relationships or protect their own privacy….

Flu Season Taking Off in South Dakota

Sanford physician confirms clinics are seeing an uptick in cases

This year’s deadly flu outbreak is expanding and is said to be widespread now in every state except Hawaii. Overall, national health experts say this year’s impact is shaping up to be three times worse than last year. Dr. Kayla Norenberg, a family medicine physician at 69th and Minnesota Sanford clinic, explains when it’s important to seek medical attention when you or…

Apple Investors Urge Action To Curb Child Gadget Addiction

NEW YORK (AP) – Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to help curb smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters. New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System said in open letter to Apple that the company must offer more choices and tools…

The Importance of Giving Kids a Break from Technology

Boys & Girls Club launches new social media detox program, "Around the Table"

Billy Mawhiney and Caitlin Hoffman, both with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire, talk about a new initiative for 2018 called “Around the Table”. Club officials say it’s become all too apparent how addicted to their phones kids have become and there are definitely downsides to the trend. Their goal is to help teach them the interpersonal…

Firefighters Buy Christmas Gifts for Hospitalized Children

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Dozens of firefighters filled Lewis Drug Saturday morning buy toys for children in the hospital. Many children provided a wish list, with everything from sports equipment to baking supplies. The firefighters spent roughly $3,500 buying holiday gifts for roughly 100 kids. One firefighter says this experience is one of the best parts of Christmas this year….

Mattel Launching Hijab Barbie

It’s modeled after a U.S. Olympic athlete Ibtihaji Muhammad

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-It won’t hit stores this holiday season, but soon parents can buy a gift for their kids that breaks barriers. Mattel has released plans for its newest Barbie that will wear a hijab. It’s modeled after a U.S. Olympic athlete. One South Dakota mom is thrilled with this meaningful addition to the popular doll line. “I even called…

Drug Epidemic Impacting Children

SIOUX FALLS ,S.D.- The drug epidemic in the United States is something that every community has become familiar with, even here in the Sioux Empire. The Sioux Falls Police Department made more than 7,600 drug-related arrests last year with a majority of the cases being meth-related. As the issue continues to be a growing problem, the epidemic is driving an…

South Dakota Inmates Helping Build Wheelchairs for Children and Adults Overseas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A non-profit ministry organization has become a hope haven for South Dakota prison inmates by giving them a chance to make a difference overseas, while they serve their time. Inside of the men’s state prison sits Hope Haven wheelchair shop. The inside of the walls are rarely quiet from sewing to cleaning parts, these men work. “I clean…

Family Health & Safety Event Planned

Many resources available for families at weekend event in Sioux Falls

Making health and fitness fun is the goal for an upcoming event in Sioux Falls. Health Connect of South Dakota is again hosting its fall Health & Safety Festival this Saturday, September 23. There will be opportunities to check your child’s oral health and physical health, get them a haircut, get them fingerprinted so that you have that record, you…

SF Man Creates Group For Stay-At-Home Dads

"This is not me just babysitting"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – When thinking about a parent staying home and taking care of the kids, you might picture a mom in this role. But these days, more men are taking a hands-on approach to parenting, becoming stay-at-home dads. And one Sioux Falls father is making sure those who choose this path, aren’t doing it alone. During the hours…