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Most of us know our culture's classic myths and fairytales about Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Little Red Riding Hood: But how does it feel when a young person learns the truth about the stories handed down from generation to generation. This week on Dayton Youth Radio we'll find out from one teenager who has some strong feelings about how parents lovingly mislead their kids.

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Since 2001, the national high school graduation rate has increased from about 71 percent to 84 percent. In 2016 in Ohio, the graduation rate was slightly lower than the national average, at 83.5 percent. But while these numbers are showing improvement, millions of students nationwide still quit high school each year.

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When it comes to giving your child’s education a boost, it’s never too soon to start. Research has shown that early childhood education has significant long-term benefits for children.

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According to Fusion’'s 2015 documentary, “Prison Kids: A Crime Against America’'s Children,” there are roughly 60,000 children behind bars in America,– more than in any other nation. 

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For some kids, a visit to their grandparents is a special occasion, but an increasing number of children are now being raised by their grandparents. 

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Last month the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the poverty rate in Ohio fell one percentage point, to 14.8 percent. But poverty in Greater Cincinnati continues to be a real and growing concern. 

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Called the “invisible victims” of the heroin epidemic, children of addicts are suffering as their parents use and sometimes overdose. 

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It’'s normal for kids to experience some anxiety, such as before the first day of school or a big test. 

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Toxic stress occurs in children when they experience prolonged episodes of physical or emotional abuse, neglect, caregiver substance abuse or mental illness or economic hardship without adult support. 

The Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society is now known as the Cincy Music Series, and it's responsible for bringing a wide array of musical performers and genres to the city to raise funds for children's education and health efforts.

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While it may have been a more accepted practice in the past, spanking children can be a controversial topic nowadays. Some parents may think it is appropriate but an increasing number of parents are choosing to forgo the paddle. 

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With the internet, smart devices and social media, kids today have access to more information and opportunities to interact with more people than ever before. And that makes them more vulnerable than ever before to online predators, cyberbullying and  exposure to inappropriate material.

  At any given time, there is an average of 850 abused and neglected children, from newborns to age 17, in Hamilton County custody. The need for qualified foster families to care for these children is constant.  And between 1,000 and 1,300 Ohio foster youths age out of the system each year when they turn 18, agencies are trying to change that.

  Science camps, sports camps, history camps, etiquette camps, and good old-fashioned get-outside-and-play camps, there are hundreds of local day and overnight programs available for kids this summer. 4C for Children Education and Outreach Coordinator Shelly Nelson, JB Woodruff, co-founder of CampFinder.co, and psychologist Stephen Gray Wallace, director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education at Susquehanna U

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It’s easy for a parent to tell when a child has a fever or stomach ache, but a mental health problem may be much harder to detect. Millions of children in the United States suffer from depression, anxiety, ADHD or a host of other mental health issues, but many go undiagnosed or properly treated. We discuss recognizing and treating mental health issues in children with Lindner Center of HOPE, Staff Psychiatrist Dr. Leah Casuto, Clinical Director of Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Michael Sorter, and Director of Mental Health for The Children's Home of Cincinnati, Debbie Gingrich.

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Mental health experts say psychological disorders usually emerge before a child enters high school, but only 25% of children with problems see trained professionals for treatment.

News Director Maryanne Zeleznik, proud mother of a young girl, spoke recently with Ana Homayoun, author of the recently released book The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School and Life. The book makes the case that in our achievement driven, success at any cost lifestyle, even for junior high and high school girls, that the stresses of being the best, or seen as the best, is costing them to lose sight of their true identity. As author Susan Shapiro said of the book, "A smart, funny and engaging study on how to give girls the tools to figure out what they really want - and how to get it.  A must-read for girls, mothers, educators and anybody who wants to understand half the population."


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Now that the kids are off for a couple of weeks, and you’re done with opening presents and spending money on presents, what will you do until school starts again? How about a trip to the library? And not just to check out books, but to enjoy a couple of exhibitions that even adults will enjoy.

The Northside neighborhood is now home to WordPlay, a new children’s literacy non-profit, giving neighborhood kids a place to go to ready, write and find new ways to express themselves. Libby Hunter, co-founder and executive director, is in-studio with Mark Perzel to discuss how WordPlay came into being and the organization’s mission and goals.

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Cincinnati councilman PG Sittenfeld wants to know why young married couples tend to leave the city when they start having children.

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Mark Perzel welcomes Jeffrey Brown, who has written and illustrated a charming book, Darth Vader and Son, which takes an amusing look at what would happen if Darth Vader took an active parenting role with 4 year old Luke Skywalker