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We Were Wrong About Limiting Children's Screen Time

How much time should kids be allowed to stare into their screens like zombies? New guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics upturns conventional thinking on the matter, showing that a sweeping one-size-fits-all approach is not the right way for parents to go about limiting their children’s screen time.

Toyota Made A Robot Baby To Replace Actual Babies

Japan’s birth rate has been on the decline for some time now, so engineers at Toyota have come up with an ingenious solution to help people apparently feel the companionship of kids: An annoying robot.

Teens Know The Internet Is Dark And Full Of Terrors, Just Not For Them

There’s a common refrain among people of a certain age: “Wow, I’m really glad I wasn’t a teenager in the age of smartphones and Snapchat.” They’re not wrong. After polling over 10,000 18-year-olds from 25 different countries, a new UNICEF study confirms that being a teen online these days is fraught with risk, danger and the potential for abuse.

Making Your Kid Charge Your Phone Will Not Make Her The Next Zuckerberg

The Wall Street Journal has a new pair of articles about how to make your kid the next Mark Zuckerberg. One of the articles is literally titled “How to Raise the Next Mark Zuckerberg”. However, following their advice will not put your kid on the fast-track to VentureCapitalLand.

This Adorable Robot Can Help Children To Program

Getting kids to code is a great idea — but it’s not always easy. Now a team of researchers from Harvard has developed this little robot, called Root, that’s designed to make writing code a more tangible experience.

How To Set Up Accounts For Your Kids On Any Computer

Kids are great, aren’t they? But you don’t necessarily want them using all of the apps, viewing all of the websites, and tweaking all of the system settings that a grown-up has access to. Windows, OS X, and Chrome OS each have tools for creating child-friendly accounts — here’s how to set them up.

That iPad App Will Not Fry Your Baby's Brain If You Follow These Rules

The “NO SCREENS UNTIL 2” guideline issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2011 has practically inscribed itself onto the foreheads of new parents. Now, the AAP says its position has “evolved,” and released a more nuanced set of guidelines when it comes to babies and screen-based media.

The Case For Unlimited Tablet Time For Toddlers

This sounds extreme, but first let me ask: how many parents do you think actually keep track of their kids’ screen time? If the TV is on but one of the children wanders out of the room, does that count? What if they’re following along to a yoga video? What if the kid borrows mum’s phone at dinner to ask Google what snails eat?

Can Technology Help Us Raise Independent, Free-Range Kids?

One of my most vivid childhood memories is of a county park behind our house which was so vast to my eight-year-old mind that it might as well have been the Arctic tundra. We were constructing some kind of vine-swing over a creek, which I believe we planned to test on bikes. There were no parents anywhere.

Awesomely Cute Baby Surfs With His Dad For The First Time

Before you stick the No Fun Federation of Parenting onto Jorge Tirado, an awesome dad and surfer, just look at how much fun his nine-month-old baby who was apparently born for the thirst of the ocean is having. And just think about how awesome he’s going to be when he grows up after having such crazy experiences.

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