Just for kids

May 27, 1999

iButtons: cool chips

Students at Celebration School in Florida aren't just using computers in their school -- they're wearing them. Students were issued iButtons, or computer chips encased in stainless steel, that they wear on key chain, ring or dog tag. With the tiny computer, students can access the school's intranet, store personal info, or pay for things in the school cafeteria. But sneaking in after the bell just got a lot tougher. Classroom doorknobs will have computer chips that read the students' iButton and forward the time and attendance record to the main office.

Millions uninsured

An estimated 11 million kids are without health insurance, and the government should do more to help them out, President Clinton said recently. Clinton kicked off the "Insure Kids Now" campaign, which seeks to educate families about a new Children's Health Insurance Program and about Medicaid, a federal health program. The goal is to enroll 5 million of the estimated 10 million eligible kids in Medicaid within five years.

Curfew stays

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a constitutional challenge to a curfew law. The law, passed two years ago in Charlottesville, Va., requires juveniles who are 16 or younger to be off the streets from midnight to 5 a.m. on weeknights and 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. on weekends. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the law, saying it discriminated against minors. The Supreme Court, however, sided with Charlottesville, which said it wanted to reduce crime.

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