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YouTube Says It Will Crack Down on All Those Creepy Videos Targeted at or Featuring Kids

Google, along with fellow tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter has drawn increasing scrutiny this year over concerns that its “concentrated authority resembles the divine right of kings,” as the New York Times put it. In recent months, it’s faced stumbling blocks when it returned misinformation and conspiracy theories during crises like mass shootings and became embroiled in the ever-expanding Russian electoral interference scandal. But one particularly disturbing note concerned Google subsidiary YouTube and its YouTube Kids section, which everyone seems to have recently realised was promoting weird-ass, creepy content to children via algorithmically suggested videos and a seeming lack of moderation. Read More >>

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Don’t Let YouTube Babysit Your Children

Maybe it’s happened to you. You’re cruising around YouTube and then boom: a video of Spiderman hanging out with girls in bikinis trying to make Elsa from Frozen jealous and then the Joker appears, ready to fight. This would seem like a weird video to any sane adult. But the weirdest thing is that it’s actually made for kids. Read More >>

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TalkTalk’s Releasing a Simple TV Remote Designed for Kids

When I was a child I wasn't allowed the remote. This was before the days of parental locks on everything, and because my parents paid for satellite TV I would've been able to watch whatever the hell I liked if left unsupervised. These days that's not exactly a problem, and the latest company to join the kid-friendly-TV services bandwagon is TalkTalk. Read More >>

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Junk Food Ads Banned From Sites Aimed at Children

New advertising rules come into place this weekend, designed to stem the flow of aspirational burgers and carbohydrate juices into the mouths of a generation. Read More >>

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8-Year-Old Hero Steals Car to Buy McDonald’s After Learning to Drive on YouTube

You might think you’re a good driver. But you’ve got nothing on a nameless 8-year-old hero from Ohio. This past weekend he and his 4-year-old sister waited for their parents to fall asleep, stole their car, and then drove to McDonald’s to chow down on some McMeats. Read More >>

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Kids are Parroting Fake News in Their Schoolwork

Fake news, or bollocks made-up stuff to give it its proper title -- has become so entrenched in society that the children are inserting nonsense learned off the internet into their schoolwork. Read More >>

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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 >>

startups
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 >>