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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Briefly: Got a kid who's ready to colonise to Mars? NASA has recently released a set of Martian survival activities, suitable for kindergarten, through to year 12. From touring the Red Planet's topography to building rovers and engineering artificial environments, it's everything a future Martian explorer needs to get a head start.
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.
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.
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.
You have no idea what your kids will grow up to be while they're still toddlers, but that doesn't mean you can't gently nudge them towards one vocation or another. And since those fancy computers aren't going away any time soon, perhaps a career in coding might be worthwhile, inspired by this alphabet book featuring popular programming languages.
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.
Unless you've opted for an antique carriage dating back to the 1920s, most modern strollers are able to collapse small enough to squeeze into a car's trunk. But the lightweight OmniO Rider actually folds small enough to be worn as a comfortable backpack, giving you an emergency means to transport a tired toddler without having to carry them.
Kids are already a pretty fantastic workout since they require constant attention, but if you find your fitness routine hindered by having to deal with a cumbersome stroller, you'll probably be intrigued by the KidRunner. It's a new take on the stroller that's pulled instead of pushed, letting you easily bring your kids along for a run or a jog by strapping a mini U-Haul trailer to your belt.
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.
Remember that time when you first realised that the universe was an incredibly gigantic place, when you felt humbled and fortunate at the mere thought of existing in this vast cosmic arena? Listen to Professor Tom Burns, of Ohio Wesleyan University and Director of Perkins Observatory. He still feels that way.
Video: Kids are cute and also hilariously picky eaters, so they're pretty perfect for this experiment by Cut Video that makes them eat different breakfast foods from all across the world. It's fun to see how they react and also interesting to see what different countries eat for breakfast.