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Microsoft Kin Ad Promoting Risky Behavior?

Microsoft is clearly attempting to be edgy and appeal to teens in their advertisements for the Kin. Their latest ad, however, is drawing criticism for encouraging young people to engage in risky behavior.

sandyland 9 years ago

Newborns Learn While Sleeping

In what has got to be the cutest scientific experiment you’ll read about today, researchers at the University of Florida have found that when newborn babies are getting their daily 16 to 18 hours of shuteye, they are not as zoned out as they appear to be. In fact, under the right circumstances, they could actually be learning.

sandyland 9 years ago

Wii Gets Stamp of Approval from American Heart Association

People may scoff at the idea that playing games on Nintendo’s Wii Fit might actually improve one’s health, but there are lots of believers out there. Websites are dedicated to discussing Wii workouts and Wii Fit success stories abound. But even if you don’t use your Wii Fit on a regular basis, just having one puts the possibility of exercise close at hand, right?

sandyland 9 years ago

California Wants No Part of Texas Textbooks

In a move that many claim is nothing short of an attempt to rewrite history, Texas School Board members have approved changes to that state’s K-12 social studies curriculum. The proposed changes are sweeping and have a decidedly conservative bent that has drawn criticism from those find the content to be historically inaccurate and dismissive of the contributions of minorities.

sandyland 9 years ago

The Demise of Friendship in the Age of Social Networking

While some might insist that the proliferation of social networking sites, email and text messaging have allowed us all to have closer connections with more people than ever before, is it possible that just the opposite is true? Could all this technological interaction actually be turning our kids into a generation of anti-social creatures who someday might not even know how to have a real face-to-face relationship with another human being?

sandyland 9 years ago

School Lunches a National Security Threat

Everyone seems to agree: The food our kids eat at school is unhealthy and a major contributor to the rising rates of childhood obesity. But could bad school lunches also be threatening our national security?

sandyland 9 years ago

Unschooling: Taking Lazy Parenting to the Extreme?

It’s called unschooling and parents who subscribe to this unorthodox idea believe that by allowing their children the freedom to do as they please, they will find their passions and the learning will happen naturally. And if what they want to do involves watching television and playing video games all day, then so be it.

sandyland 9 years ago

District to Ban Student-Teacher Facebook Friends

The next time a teacher in the Granite School District in Salt Lake City receives a Facebook friend request from a student, he or she might do well to click “Ignore.”

sandyland 9 years ago

U.S. Parents Are Bad Sports

If your child participates in organized sports, there’s a good chance you’ve witnessed some bad behavior at a game. Not by the kids, of course. No, we are talking about the freak-outs, tantrums and abusive behavior of parents at kid’s sporting events.

sandyland 9 years ago

Breastfeeding Saves Lives and Money

Today, an updated study reveals not only how much money could be saved by breastfeeding, but how many lives as well.

sandyland 9 years ago

Dolls Going the Way of the Dinosaur?

When did you stop playing with dolls? Back in the day, my friends and I played with our Barbie dolls well into what is now called the tween years. Girls today? Not so much.

sandyland 9 years ago

Motherhood: Just Another Form of Oppression?

In her latest book, Elisabeth Badinter advances the theory that modern mothers have taken their sense of duty to the extreme and have essentially become slaves to their babies. Having fought the good fight for equal rights, she is disheartened to see feminism threatened by motherhood.

sandyland 9 years ago

Moms Who Work Are Child Abusers?

In what appears to be a deliberate attempt to fan the flames of the mommy wars, a psychologist has declared all working mothers to be child abusers.

sandyland 9 years ago

Toddler Mistakes Gun for Wii Controller

Police in Wilson County, Tennessee say 3-year-old Cheyenne Alexis McKeehan learned to play shooting games on the family’s Wii game console using a controller that is designed to look like a real gun. This familiarity with fake guns, they say, led the little girl to picked up a loaded .380 caliber pistol her stepfather had left on the living room table.

sandyland 9 years ago