health
Kids are Fat and on the Scrapheap by the Age of Seven

The children start showing the telltale signs of the decay and dissatisfaction of modern life as early as the age of seven nowadays, as their diets, screen time and lack of exercise see their bodies start to hit the buffers before they're old enough to ride the scariest of fairground rides. Read More >>

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Childcare Interrupts A Man’s Career For A Change

The viral video of the day today is undoubtedly this brilliant clip from BBC World News, in which a discussion on the impeachment of South Korea's president with political scientist Robert E Kelly rapidly spirals into hilarity: Read More >>

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Turning the Random Things That Kids Think Into Animation Is Silly Fun

You know those weird things you thought as a kid that make absolutely no sense now? The thoughts that were weirder and more personal than thinking Santa Claus was real, or that there were monsters under your bed. Those ones. Hearing them now is obviously silly, but seeing those wonderfully wonky ideas come alive through animation is even more embarrassing. Read More >>

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How the Rhymes of Dr. Seuss Taught Us Language

Kaptain Kristian’s latest explainer video is a fun one: he explains how the anapestic tetrameter rhyming style of Dr. Seuss helped us better understand language as kids, all while rhyming in the video himself. It’s stupidly catchy (obviously, because it’s done in the style of Dr. Seuss) and so easy to listen to, which is the point because that catchiness and fun is basically a trick Dr. Seuss books used to make us all want to read on our own. Read More >>

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Why Stephen King Wants Adults To Remember How They Thought As Kids

Stephen King’s dark imagination as an adult always makes people wonder what the hell happened to him as a kid. But King didn’t have that unusual of a childhood. He’s more interested in everyone else’s curiosity about how he grew up and their assumption that something horrific must have happened for him to write about such dark things. Read More >>

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How to Track Your Kids Without Freaking Them Out

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. Read More >>

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How is This Kid So Damn Good at Freeline Skating?

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. Read More >>

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CIA-Backed Startup Palantir Is Coming For Your Kids

Palantir, a secretive startup funded in part by the CIA’s investment arm In-Q-Tel, had a booth at Google’s “Geek Street” fair in New York City’s Union Square today. Read More >>

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The Piggyback Driver Helmet Is a Great Reason to Put Off Having Kids

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 they don’t have to walk? Read More >>

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We Built a Bose Speaker (Kind Of)

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 $150 (around £115) it could be a bit of a hard sell. Read More >>

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This 5-Year-Old Scientist Knows More About Tornadoes Than You

When I was five, I was repeatedly falling off my bike and making my Barbies do weird things to each other. Oliver here puts my five-year-old self to shame, because he’s over here making cool YouTube videos about tornadoes. Read More >>

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BBC Launches Kids-only iPlayer App

The BBC has released its iPlayer Kids app for a range of mobile operating systems, one that takes all the tantrums out of finding CBeebies and CBBC content. All a child has to do now is prise the phone/tablet out of mum or dad's hand for long enough to boot it up. Read More >>

health
How Should We Get Children to Turn Off Their Fun Machines?

We are, as a nation, finding it difficult to say "no" to children when it comes to them staring at screens, with a survey finding that a substantial proportion of mums and dads are having a nightmare of controlling the amount of time their kids spend basking in the comforting blue light of technology. Read More >>

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14-Year-Old Amateur Becomes Scalextric World Champion

Ted Trim, from Theydon Bois in Essex, is the new Scalextric World Champion, having beaten 200 other contenders in a year-long standardised lap time free for all. The tear-jerking clickbait catch is that it was his first go. He was born to depress a trigger. Read More >>