gaming
NHS Opens Child Gambling Clinics for the Loot Box Generation

The NHS is preparing to open a nationwide set of gambling clinics for young people this year, to combat the "scourge" of problem gambling driven by gaming sites and targeted adverts. Read More >>

science
Shampoos, Perfumes, and Other Cosmetics Send Thousands of Kids to A&E Every Year

Nail polish removers and other personal care products are sending a shocking number of young kids in the U.S. to A&E, according to a new study out Monday. Nearly 65,000 children under the age of five have been treated for “cosmetic-related injuries” in hospital in the 15 years leading up to 2016, the study found. Read More >>

movies
The Real Reason Chucky is a Robot Now

The first trailer for the reboot of Child’s Play came with a surprise. The original was about a serial killer who possessed a doll and killed a bunch of people. Now, Chucky’s a smart toy who finds autonomy... and then kills a bunch of people. It seemed odd for a reboot to change the premise of its own story this much but it actually makes perfect sense. Read More >>

headphones
These Noise-Cancelling Headphones for Kids Will Stop Your Little Cherubs From Deafening Themselves

If you're raising kids in this fast-paced, tech saturated world, then god speed and good luck to you, but your struggle just got a little easier thanks to these snazzy new noise-cancelling wireless headphones from Puro Sound Labs, with volume control to stop your kids from deafening themselves. Those tiny brains are still forming and they don't know what's good for them. Read More >>

science
No Screen Time for Kids Under 2, WHO Says

The World Health Organisation is coming out strong against letting young kids watch TV or play with smartphones, and is pushing parents to help their kids stay active and get enough sleep. Read More >>

star wars
The Original Star Wars Films Have Been Turned Into Animated Shorts

Star Wars fans who have kids that aren’t quite ready to sit down for multiple two-hour movies can rejoice today. Disney has announced Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures, a series of animated YouTube shorts using original dialogue and sounds from the Star Wars films to introduce the franchise to a new generation. Read More >>

smartphones
Tesco Is Launching A Smartphone For Kids

When a supermarket chain announces it's releasing a new smartphone for kids, we imagine a low-cost, high-colour handset with squishy edges and a catchy name. Read More >>

wtf
These Unique Maternity Photos Took a Decidedly Dark, Alien Twist

Two fans of the Alien franchise took their maternity pictures to a whole other level. We just had to find out more. Read More >>

halloween
Just Give This Kid Wearing a Hand-Crocheted Full Predator Costume All the Halloween Sweets

The month of October is always a fun online parade of inventive Halloween costumes, but it’s only October 1st and already we have a top contender for best getup of 2018. The recent sequel might have not been memorable, but this kid-sized, hand-crocheted Predator costume deserves all the sweeties in your bowl should he stop by your house on Halloween night. Read More >>

kids
Parents Want Their Kids to Tell Them About Homework and Tidying Up

As reported by the BBC, communications app ClassDojo has carried out research to determine the top 10 phrases parents most want to hear come out of their darling children's mouths. ClassDojo surveyed a panel of 1,000 parents to find out the things they'd most like to hear from their school-age children – and the results are mostly about being tidy, doing schoolwork, and generally being perfect little angels. Of course, practically no child in the history of the world has ever uttered any of these sentences. Read More >>

war
Weapons Manufacturers Routinely Sponsor School Lessons

Companies that make a living selling bombs at least on the side are the target of an investigation by the Campaign Against Arms Trade, which says the likes of BAE, Raytheon and Thales are sponsoring learning sessions for primary school children in what would appear to be an attempt to groom kids for careers as warhead assemblers. Read More >>

ebay
Parents Are Buying Kids More Jigsaws and Tents in Futile Battle Against Screens

A pathetic attempt is being made by the parents of the nation to wean their pale and listless children off the screens they've been using to keep them quiet, with shopping portal eBay saying it's seeing sales of outdoorsy items like tents and fishing rods rocket – because mum read something on the Daily Mail that says spending 14 hours a day looking at an iPad Mini might not be the best developmental strategy for a child. Read More >>

lego
Lego Puts Money into Pretending Lego is Proper Engineering

Lego has joined in with government initiative the Year of Engineering to promote Lego to kids -- like they need any more encouragement -- with the dangled carrot of a glamorous future career in engineering if your child actually understands how the electronics behind the educational sets work. Read More >>

health
Media MP Rules Out Screen-Time Laws for Kids

Law-facilitating culture node Matt Hancock MP has ruled out interfering with our current tablet and smartphone babysitting system, with the culture secretary saying there's no need for formal legislation to limit, or attempt to limit, the percentage of their lives that children fritter away watching braying cocks pretending to be excited about unwrapping a Twix on YouTube. Read More >>

tv
Goodbye, Peppa Pig

My seven-year-old daughter has gotten into some straight-up terrible TV shows of late. While I’m glad one of them is a magical-girl show like Sailor Moon, which organically extends her genre palette, it’s absolutely awful. I long for simpler times — times when I’d watch Peppa Pig with her. Read More >>