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Too Much Screen Time Linked to Psychological Problems

Make sure your kid isn't getting too much screen time. Credit: Corbis
And you thought too much IM-ing was your biggest concern when you bought your child that laptop? Turns out you've got bigger things to worry about. Playing video games and w...
Another reason to limit your kid's video game playing and TV watching: Research finds that too much screen time still has negative emotional effects.

Tips for Keeping Your Sick Child Entertained at Home

The child is grumpy. Way beyond grumpy. Grumpy is a distant planet in another solar system past which she's shot in her misery-fuelled rocket ship. She refuses to eat supper. She's lethargic, moping, upset over nothing. Uh oh. She's fallen asleep o...

High School Secretary Changes Daughter's Grades Electronically

A mom takes her daughter's grades into her own hands. Photo: Marja Flick-Buijs/sxc.hu
How do you know when you've become a little too entangled in your teen's life? Changing her grades to improve her class standing on a school computer is prob...

Gene Linked to Dad's Ability to Father Sons, Daughters

Do men determine the sex of their babies? This question is a little more complicated than the old "XX, XY" scenario. We've long known that the father supplies the sex of the baby to be in his sperm by providing either an additional X or Y chromosome....

Photo Cards or Traditional Cards?

One of the most fun things I used to do every holiday season was head to Barnes and Noble (or wherever) and pick out holiday cards to send to friends and family. More often than not we choose "Holiday Greetings" instead of "Merry Christmas" since ...

Video game design for kids

Video games and kids -- you can argue about whether or not they make a good combination, but there's no question that the latter loves the former. But even if you don't approve of playing video games, writing them is certainly a different story. Only...

Less screen time = lower BMI

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have found that limiting the amount of time overweight kids spend watching TV and playing video games can help them lose pounds. The study involved 70 children ages 4-7 whose body mass index (BMI) w...

Autistic teen speaks out via computer

Imagine having so much you want to say, but being unable to get it out for the first dozen or so years of your life due to severe autism. That's what thirteen-year-old Carly Fleischmann was up against. It must have been incredibly frustrating. Now, h...

Cyber baby shower?

Haven't you heard? Cyber baby showers are all the rage. Ok, well, not yet they aren't--but after I have one they will be! The woman who threw me my baby shower, the loveliest in all of Brooklyn, moved to the West Coast after she became pregnant. ...

Babyproof your computer

"Let me type, daddy! Let me type!" Sound familiar? My daughter has recently discovered that the computer is more than just a mini TV that can produce Sesame Street clips on demand. Now she wants to use the computer. When I'm sitting there with her, i...

Scratch: Programming for kids

In my day, there was BASIC -- the Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, a purportedly easy-to-learn, general purpose programming language. When microcomputers started to become available, it was often included as a way to let new owners -...

John Lithgow narrates children's video game, inspires kids to write

When he wasn't splitting sides as an eccentric alien on "3rd Rock from the Sun," or threatening defenseless gingerbread men as Lord Farquaad in Shrek, John Lithgow was writing best-selling children's books like "The Remarkable Farkle McBride" or "Mic...

A very educational computer

When I got started in the computer industry, computers were big and expensive. They were kept in air conditioned rooms behind huge glass windows. I learned to write programs in COBOL and BASIC on a DEC PDP-11/70. It was a wonderful thing, to be able ...

Vintage computing on display

Are your kids used to hearing you start off a response with "Why, in my day..."? Are you into computers? Do you want to show your kids what real computers were like, back when all you had were ones and zeros and you were happy to have them? Well then...

One Laptop Per (Thai) Child

You may remember the ambitious One Laptop Per Child project spearheaded by Nicholas Negroponte, founder and former director of MIT's famous Media Lab -- the idea was to be able to make a $100 laptop that could survive most children and would be made ...

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