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Warning! Graphic depiction of a Nobel laureate.

Now whatexactly were you expecting to see… Nelson Mandela in his underwear? I spent time recently at the United Nations with NobelLaureate Aung San Suu Kyi. She was famously placed under house arrest in Myanmar for 15 years. While cut off fromthe rest of the world, Aung San Suu Kyi was oblivious to the existence of the Internet. When I asked her what websites sheloves to surf now that she's free, she told me all she wants to know from the web is newsabout Myanmar. Check out the four websites she visits every day, including rfa.org, better known as Radio Free Asia.

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According to Aung San Suu Kyi's peeps, about 0.2% of the population in Myanmar has access to the Internet. That's compared to about 78% of Americans. I love to complain about how expensive my cable package is, but in Myanmar, it would cost me around $1,000 to get Internet installed and $300 in monthly fees! Don't think for a moment that buys you lightning-fast surfing. Oh no, you can probably make lunch while you wait for a page to load.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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