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Video: Freeline skates are a pair of skates that are completely separate from each other, and simply riding them seems impossible. A skateboard is one solid deck, and roller blades are attached to your feet. But freeline skates? Each part has two inline wheels, and somehow you have to somehow control both at the same time by doing a wave-like motion without losing your balance.

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There's a growing amount of tech out there, from apps to wearables, designed to help you keep tabs on your children: where they are, what they're up to, who they're talking with, and so on. Here's how to watch what your kids are up to without making them feel like they're constantly living in a surveillance state.

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They say parents will do anything for their kids, but surely there has to be a line that gets drawn somewhere after dressing up like Santa, but before having to wear this Piggyback Driver helmet. It lets kids steer where they want mum or dad to go while getting a piggyback ride, but shouldn't kids just be happy that they don't have to walk?

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Stockland's Robotics Challenge launches today, and calls on school children across Australia from 8 to 15 years to submit a creative idea on how robotics technology could improve their community. The winner will be flown to the Sunshine Coast to take part in the Stockland Young Innovators Day and meet Chip, a humanoid robot and the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Last Monday, I woke up to a series of strange, muffled noises next to me. "May-tah kuh!" My hand was caressing something furry. "Do you want to hear a song about a cheerleader?"

I blinked a few times and found myself staring into a pair of eyes illuminated by what I imagine is the kind of light you see right before you die.

What the f**k am I touching? Is someone talking to me? Did I accidentally smoke salvia in my sleep?

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Bose has a long history of making great-yet-pricey speakers. But its latest, the BoseBUILD Speaker Cube, is a first for the company — a build-your-own speaker, intended for kids. It's designed to help teach the basic concepts of sound and speaker design. It's a cool idea, with dead simple setup and instructions, but for $US150, it could be a bit of a hard sell.

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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.

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Video: OK, so he had a lot of help from his dad, but this Year 3 student's school project — a wooden model of the Steel Bridge in Portland — is totally awesome. It has all the moving parts of the real bridge; both the lower and upper decks can be lifted to make way for boats on the river.

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Video: Oh to be a kid again when even lawn work could be fun. This genius kid strapped himself up in a leaf blower and started spinning around in circles because the air blowing out was so powerful. He looks like he's having the time of his life! He looks like a superhero first learning the powers of his suit! He looks like he wants to spin forever! Curse the adult who jumps in and "saves" the day.

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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.

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This is absolutely one of the coolest and most fun videos I've seen in a while mostly because it's a time machine back to childhood in the 80's and 90's. The stop-motion video, directed by Marc Donahue, reveals the imagination of a kid and it's filled with everything we love coming to life: Back to the Future! Candy! Ghostbusters! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Where the Wild Things Are! Super Mario! And so much more. Imagination is a powerful thing.

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If you spend any time around young children you'll know what a soothing and calming influence a tablet can be, but it's potentially a pretty dangerous one too — there's plenty of unwholesome content out there on the internet and app store for your little friend to accidentally stumble across. Here are the best ways to make an iPad kid-proof before you hand it over.

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Taking the train is my favourite form of transportation. I don't have to drive, get stuck in traffic, nor do I have to go through security and be crammed in impossibly tiny spaces. But I only like it when I'm inside the train. This kid, who's completely nuts and probably has questionable taste in music, definitely has a lot of fun stories to tell, figured out a way to ride on the roof of a train. It's crazy.