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Some advice to help you keep your kids safe.
And, we'll share some of your responses to our facebook question about kids and smartphones.
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Scol'sac school's back in session.
And all those germs are moving up and down the hallways with your kids.
Several schools in the area reported illnesses the first of week of school.
We think it's a good time to talk to our pediatrician dr. keith watson about it.
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But carrying all that weight -- can actually hurt them.
Mandy gaither now -- with ways to keep your child pain free.
It's not a problem one expects in youth.
Dr. nicholas fletcher/orthopedic surgeon: "it's remarkable the amount o children i see in my practice for back pain" loaded backpacks don't help -- in fact -- at the beginning of every school year -- there's an uptick in young patients who come to see orthopedic surgeon dr. nicholas fletcher at childrens healthcare of atlanta.
The first thing he says can help -- make sure your child uses both straps.
Dr. nicholas fletcher/orthopedic surgeon: "if he even starts walking thi is going to fall off in order to prevent it from falling and in order to prevent it from falling off he's goin gto have to lean a lot to his left to hold that in place so that's why it's important to have both straps -- let me see your arm buddy -- and then he's evenly weighted again" how the bag is packed can also cause pain.
Fletcher says children should carry no more than 10 or 20 percent of their body weight.
Heaviest things -- like books -- should be closest to the back -- lighter items like notebooks or a pencil box go up front.
Dr. nicholas fletcher/orthopedic surgeon: "if you look here the botto of the bag is right at the waist level you don't want it sagging down and you don't want it too high up because it's goin to pitch him forward a little more but when you look at him from the side his head is nicely above his pelvis and waist" fletcher says parents should also go through backpacks -- to make sure they're not being overloaded.
I'm mandy gaither reporting.
--anchor tag-- if your child does develop back pain -- have them rest and take a day weight watchers has a new app.
But you may be surprised at who they are targeting.
That story next on mid morning.
New p, a a new app, aimed at kids, is leaving a bad taste in some expert's mouths.
Weight watchers just launched a healthy-eating program called "kurbo", wi users as young as eight.
Critics say the diet app could lead to lifelong problems with food.
Marielle mohs has more at a packed lunch at yum!
Kitchen and bakery, i showed mother isabel omolo kurbo.
A weight loss program for kids ages 8 to 17.
Isabel omolo: "my only proble would be for a child feeling like they're being shamed into losing weight."
16 years olds, alyia appelsies and laura pacala see the benefit.
Laura pacala: "feeling goo about yourself is something that teenagers struggle with."
They see it as a tool to help them deal with something that already exists laura pacala: "anything woul try and help diminsh that or get rid of that in any way, i think is a good thing."
Here's how kurbo works... they call it the traffic light system to promote portion control.
Kids can eat whatever they want, but categorize the veggies and fruits as green, meat and pasta as yellow and candy and pop as red.
Kurbo says it's proven to be a safe way for effective weight loss.
Standup: here at melrose center in st.
Louis park, they treat people with eating disorders of all ages and genders.
When i spoke to the medical professionals here, they said they were alarmed by the app kurbo and do not recommend it for kids or teens.
Heather gallivan: "w know that dieting for children is not healthy."
Heather gallivan is the clinical director at melrose center.
"i think it i challenging on how to approach that with children and adolescents.
You have to be very careful about how you talk about these things and the messages you're sending."
Showing "succes stories" o kurbo's website is one of those mixed messages gallivan is talking about.
There are before and after pictures of kids and how much weight they lost on the program this mom sees the benefit - but says she would not let her kids use it.
Isabel omolo: "like it feels s serious for a child to be thinking about that kind of complexity of how you eat, how you exercise, but at the same time it's necessary."
Louis park - marielle mohs wcco 4 news.
Kurbo responded to criticism saying, quote: "kurbo b weight watchers focuses on behavior change for healthier eating and more activity, not dieting or calorie counting."
Millions of kids are flocking to an app that allows them to create short lip syncing videos.
But there are some concerns.
Lisa mateo reports.
- 7:20:22 which one do you wanna do?
Umm that one?
:25 move over instagram and snapchat& one of the hottest apps right now is tik tok.
"i wish i was little bit taller" formerly known as musical.ly, the app re-launched in the u-s last year and allows users to record videos with popular music.
Sisters ella and riley love it.
7:09:21 its some way to relate to other people your age.
:23 7:09:26 its always funny, you're always find something that will make you laugh or make you feel happy 7:09:32 "how popular i it" tiktok is the fastest growing app of its kind right now.
Cnet's joan solsman says the app has about a billion users, but parents need to be tuned-in.
Many of the popular songs have explicit lyrics.
"beep there are instances of offensive content, of offensive language, like any social media app, you have to be concerned about the possibility of predators being able to find you child - kids 7:05:57 have you ever been approached by someone you don't know on tik tok?
Yes, i block them though 7:06:03 7:06:08 they requested to follow me and it's like some weird guy, so i was like um no 7:06:13 track 7: and some users have found mean and offensive comments posted for everyone to see.
- family in kitchen 7:31:43 - 7:35:13 track 8: but there are safety settings in the app.
Making an account private allows only approved users to follow your child.
You can also stop certain people from interacting with the account.
And parents can block comments that use offensive words.
7:14:29 i have told them that they need to have it on private, that they not allowed to have it public 7:14:33 7:16:02 they show me their video before they put anything out there.
:05 track 9: that helps kids stay safe while they're having fun.
Lisa mateo cbs news york.
Earlier this year the company that owns tiktok paid a $5.7 million dollar fine for illegally gathering personal information from children.
We could be overloading our kids-- school social workers say they're seeing burn-out at younger ages.
Many parents want their kids to be well rounded -- so they enroll them in multiple activities.
But experts say sometimes, it can be too much.
Shawn wheat talked to a specialist at topeka public schools about what we can do to help.
Leslie carr - coordinator of social work, topeka public schools - "there's real value i kids being board."
Many students feel pressure in excel inside the classroom - and in activities outside.
But topeka public schools coordinator of social work, leslie carr says all that pressure has children losing out on being kids.
Carr - "i think when w program and structure every minute of every day, kids are staying really busy doing lots of things.
But they're not exercising all those parts of their brain that are so important."
Carr says children doing too much after school, could affect their academics.
Carr - "you feel like th priority is going to soccer practice or dance 3 or 4 hours at a time, academics do take a back seat."
She warns children's brains are still developing, and overloading them could be harmful in the long run.
She says watch for warning signs.
Worryin about things.
Being really stressed about things.
Feeling sad and not wanting to engage in the things that they normally would want to do."
When you see those signs -- listen.
Hear what your children have to say and if it becomes too much, it's time to make a change.
Carr - 'we don't want to just do a couple of practices and then quit everything.
We want to teach them commitment, but when kids say this is miserable, we should listen to them."
Carr says it's okay if kids aren't the best at everything... she suggests focusing on their special talents and skills --- it will reduce what's on their plate, and help them excel at what they enjoy.
No more fumbling.
No more searching at the bottom of a purse.
Your driver's license with just one swipe.
That story next on mid morning.
Drer'sic driver's licenses are going digital.
At least in oklahoma.
Drivers there won't need a wallet to keep their i-ds -- all they will need a phone.
Chase horn reports.
The company testing mobile id in oklahoma says it will actually be more secure than a physical license.
Matt thompson/idemia senior vp of identity: "we're taking all this data an checking it real time against the system of record.
When i show you a physical license, you might be able to see that it's still active, but you don't know if any of information on that has changed."
Idemia makes hard-copy id's for oklahoma and 34 other states and for decades these plastic cards has been our sole form of id, but now it can be as simple as pulling out your smart phone.
When singing up through the app you take a picture of our license, front and back, to make the digital copy.
Matt thompson/idemia senior vp of identity: "we're going to verify all th security features that are embedded into that physical license, and then we are going to have the citizen take a selfie of themselves."
Dps will use that selfie and information on your license to validate your id on your phone and only your phone.
Your picture on the license will actually move, and there's a digital water mark on the mobile id to make sure it's legit.
And just in case you're worried about if your phone is lost or stolen.
Matt thompson/idemia senior vp of identity: "we can match you back to th system of record and re- provision you to another device and revoke the credential that exists on the other device that you lost."
With the beta program underway ideamia says everyone has a lot to learn before the public roll-out in october.
Matt thompson/idemia senior vp of identity: "we're also in the process o educating local law enforcement, and meeting with different business owners to educate them on how to accept it and work with them to get their requirements before the public launch in october."
The app and service is free for one year, then it will cost less than five bucks annually.
Up to 10 thousand users are taking part in oklahoma's beta testing of the mobile i-ds.
The ice is melting.
And scientists want to know why.
That storyis next on mid morning.
If y're if you're hoping to pick up a áplasticá bottle of water at one of the nation's busiest airports, you will soon be out of luck.
Starting this week, san francisco international is rolling out a ban to áendá their sale at its shops, restaurants and vending machines.
It's part of the airport's latest effort to become the world's áfirstá zero waste airport by 2021.
John blackstone reports.
San francisco international airport says áthisá could be the ticket... to a greener future.
An for an airport that sells about 10,000 bottles of water per day, generates about 28 million pounds of waste per year.
This is a really big thing that we can impact in terms of having waste not going into landfills.
Beginning today, the airport will gradually begin phasing out plastic water bottles.
First, they'll sell off what's currently on store shelves.
Once that inventory dries up - passengers will bwill be encouraged to refill their own reusable containers at any of about a hundred "hydratio stations"&.
O buy water in glass or aluminum containers.
Jb: you're trying to encourage people to do the right thing, forcing them to do the right thing in some ways?
Dy: we'd like to say encouraging.
For the most part, people seemed to be on board with the change.
If you know about it it's great.
If you don't know about it, it's going to be inconvenient.
But it's headed in the right direction i think.
Jb: you wouldn't buy a plastic bottle?
Km: even if it's offered to me, i come fully prepared.
The airport is following a 2014 ordinance banning the sale of plastic water bottles on city- owned property.
Nationwide, americans discard more than 30 million tons of plastic every year.
Only eight percent of it gets recycled.
Much of it ends up in landfills... where it can take up to a thousand years to decompose... potentially leaching toxins into our soil and water.
But you'll still see plastic bottles at s-f-o.
The ban does ánotá apply to flavored drinks like soda and juice.
They want to do something good and yet they don't tackle the whole problem.
Jb: can't buy bottled water in a plastic bottle.
You can buy a soda in a plastic bottle.
Does that make sense?
Dy: so the - our hope is that the industry continues to expand.
// there's really not a lot of good alternatives yet for teas, juices and sodas but we're hoping that changes over time.
Blackstone tag: as of now, the policy only applies to the airport and not to the carriers that fly in and out of here.
S-f-o says it's the first airport to ban the water bottles, but it's hoping the idea will take off at other airports.
John blackstone, cbs news, san francisco.
Greenland is the focus of scientists right now, and we're learning more about the challenges facing the huge island.
Its ice sheet is melting six times faster now than in the 1980s.
This month, it lost 11 billion tons of surface ice in just one day, enough to fill more than four million olympic- sized swimming pools.
Seth doane is there.
Nats - on-board radio nats ánasaá built its reputation on exploring the unknown.
But its scientists on this mission fly at an altitude of just hundreds of feet& probing the depths - not of space& but the áseaá.
Ch of each one of these has an instrument that tell us the temperature and the saltiness of the water - from the surface all the way down to the sea floor.
Josh willis - of nasa's 'jet propulsion laboratory' - is in year 4 of a 5-year research project he designed.
We joined saturday on a nearly 7- hour flight covering more than 8-hundred miles& criss- crossing glaciers and icebergs.
Nats - "drop, drop drop!"
They're dropping probes into the ocean& to understand how the waters around greenland are warming and contibuting the melting of glaciers.
We usually think of greenland's ice as a sort of ice cube with a hairdryer on it - but in fact that ice cube is sitting in a pot of water too - and the water is warming up as well and the two things together can combine to create sea level rise that happens much more rapidly than what we initially anticipated.
Nats - mission / flight willis named his program "ocean melting greenland".
It acronym "o-m-g was no mistake.
He saids humankind should be surprised - and pay attention.
Big picture - what does all of this mean?
Well, it means greenland is melting.
There's enough ice in greenland to raise sea levels by 25 feet worldwide.
Now, we don't think it'll happen right away - but just how fast it does - is something we're trying to figure out with omg.
Nats - pilots áááthe icy enviornment makes it tough to drop the probes& nats - radio "it's quite ic here" ááábut does offer some perks: stunning scenery.
When you look out the window - this feels like a remote place - but what happens here has a real impact on the average american& well, that's right - we all live with one ocean.
Even though it has a bunch of different names - it's all connected - so a billion tons of ice lost here in greenland means higher sea levels in florida, california, new york, even as far as australia.
So far, these missions have shown them how sensitive glaciers are to the ocean& and they've also produced a better map of the sea floor - allowing them to gauge which glaciers are threatened - the answer: more than they thought.
We'll be right back to wrap things up.
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