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Web Game Creator: Buying Condoms, Adopting Orphans is 'Stylish' Fun

The controversial new My Minx Web craze has outraged parents' groups. Credit: Tim Stewart News / Rex USA
An online game designed to let young girls create a character based on breast size, adopt orphans from developing countries, a la Angelina...

'TextEd' Website Launched to Combat Teen Sexting

Texting is ubiquitous in Canada, and growing every day. In September 2009, Canadians sent approximately 100 million text messages per day, and text message volumes have been doubling every year since text messaging was introduced in 2002. But when it...

Noah Cyrus, 9, Caught On Tape Being Provocative - Again

Nine-year-old Noah Cyrus, sister of tween sensation Miley, filmed herself covering the provocative lyrics to "Tik Tok" by pop star Ke$ha. Noah has been in the news a lot this year, thanks to her hair-raising displays of sexuality in...

Hollywood's Hottest Young Stars in 2010

As a parent, it can be tricky to keep up with the latest band or celeb that your child has become obsessed with. Sure, we've heard of Miley Cyrus and Zac Efron... But The Carter Twins? Owl City? If you're feeling overwhelmed by all the names being...

Middle Schoolers Face Suspension For Alleged Facebook Threats

Students at a Massachusetts middle school are under investigation after officials discovered a Facebook group threatening a teacher. The group is called "If 1,000 People Join This Group, I'll Slap Mrs. Meyer," referring to Ann Meyer, assistant...

Tween Sings on Street to Help Cancer-Stricken Preschool Pal

An unusual relationship between a 12-year-old musician and a cancer-stricken 4-year-old is helping to raise awareness of a rare form of childhood cancer. Anyone who's lived in or visited a big city knows that street performers, or buskers, can be...

Kansas Schools Ban Hooded Sweatshirts

The new rule at two schools in Kansas is "no hoodies." Cellphones are banned in the Renwick School district. The ban appears not to be enough, however, so two schools in the area decided to bar students from wearing hooded sweatshirts. Why?...

Getting Real About Body Image

Is maintaining a positive body image even possible anymore? Image: sxc.hu
A few days ago, as we drove to gymnastics class, my eight-year-old said something I had hoped to never hear from her: "I don't like my legs." My heart sank as I realized...

Saying No to StarTrek - How Bad?

"Okay so YOU can see 101 Dalmations, but not YOU. You're too sensitive." Photo from stockxpert.com.
Hanging out with several other moms-of-boys, the conversation of course turned to the movie "Star Trek," and some moms were saying they weren't...

Those Dreamy Jonas Brothers Names

If I had three boys I would name them after the Jonas Brothers! Is that wrong? I love those names and what they mean, even their last name, Jonas. -j.n. If you're wrong, you're certainly not alone. In fact, I can almost hear the voices of...

Helping Tweens Cope With the Death of a Parent

The deep grief of losing a beloved parent is difficult at any age, but it can be especially traumatic for tweens, whose personal identities are just beginning form, and who -- even if they deny it -- still desperately need their moms and dads. ...

Why Does Dora Have To Grow Up?

Nickelodeon and Mattel have released an image of their all-new older Dora. She won't be replacing the original "Dora the Explorer," but what will this new "tween" Dora be called? Dora the Mall Shopper? Dora the Texter? By releasing the image, the...

5 Reasons Why I Truly, Madly, Deeply Love the Jonas Brothers

Unlike some parents, when my 8-year-old pops in her Jonas Brothers CD, I don't breathe a heavy sigh and grit my teeth. I smile and sing along. Not only do I know all the words to the songs, I actually like them. I am not saying this as a parent...

Dora the Explorer Grows Up and Gets a Makeover

Dora the Explorer is a spunky, kind-hearted, bilingual kid who spends all of her time outdoors having adventures with her dearly loved friends. Until she grows up, that is. Nickelodeon and Mattel announced their new Dora Explorer Girls line...

Texting - Kids Can't Walk and Talk at the Same Time

We already know that teens, texting, and driving don't mix. (My van was rear-ended by a texting teen last year, who claimed he "didn't see me there." Or, apparently, the 20 cars who were also stopped at the red light in front of me.) But a new...

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