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Is This App Appropriate?

Is This App Appropriate?

During a recent night out with some girlfriends, one woman brought up Pinterest. Most of us in the group have an account—and love it. But this mom raised concern about her 12-year-old daughter getting an account.

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Making Some Great Summer Television

Making Some Great Summer Television

Television is a tempting distraction during the lazy hazy crazy days of summer… especially when the kids are lounging about with nothing to do. Rather than succumbing to a smorgasbord of reruns intermixed with situation comedies deemed unworthy of the fall schedule, take control and become your own program ...

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Alien in This Summer’s Movies (2012)

Alien in This Summer’s Movies (2012)

It is a sure sign the summer movie season has arrived when aliens attack the box office. In Men In Black III Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones don their shades once again to keep Earth safe from the extraterrestrials that live among us.

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Too Many Underage Facebook Users

Too Many Underage Facebook Users

Consumer Reports recent released the results of a survey that indicate of the 20 million minors who actively used Facebook this past year, more than one-third were younger than 13—the supposed minimum age one must be to use Facebook. Obviously there is a problem, both with the age verification process and ...

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Film & History

Film & History

Nov 15, 2010: This week in the movies: Mickey Mouse celebrates a birthday on November 18.

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Celebrating Medical Achievement

Celebrating Medical Achievement

Scottish researcher Sir Alexander Fleming discovered a bacteria-killing mold that would later be developed into penicillin on September 28, 1928.

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Can We Trust Internet Information Sources?

Can We Trust Internet Information Sources?

Does the Internet influence personal decisions you make about the products you buy, who you spend time with or what medical procedures you may select? According to PR firm Fleishman-Hillard who contracted Harris Interactive to update their ongoing Digital Influence Index, the trust we have in information on the Internet ...

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Are 3D Movies and TV Bad For Your Eyes?

Are 3D Movies and TV Bad For Your Eyes?

A recent article in the New York Times references research done by Gifu University in Japan that indicates viewing 3D televisions (and movies) can cause unnatural eye movements which account for reports of some people feeling motion sick or having blurred vision afterward.

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Media In The Lives of 8 to 18 Year Olds

Media In The Lives of 8 to 18 Year Olds

In January 2010, the Kaiser Family Foundation released the third edition in a series of reports covering how children aged 8 to 18 use media in their lives. As usual, this KFF report is eye opening and a must-read for parents and anyone interested in the use of media by children.

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How do I filter the Internet on my iPhone / iTouch?

How do I filter the Internet on my iPhone / iTouch?

A while back I noticed there was little in the way of filters parents could use on the iPhone or iTouch—and virtually nothing for other phones that aren’t considered smart phones, yet still have web browsers. However, last week I discovered a company that is offering a replacement ...

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Sharing Grief on Facebook

Sharing Grief on Facebook

The movie tribute Michael Jackson’s This Is It made roughly $103.9 million worldwide on opening weekend.

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Little Kids Still Big On TV

Little Kids Still Big On TV

If you think children are doing other things besides watching good ‘ol TV, think again. Yesterday, the TV ratings giant Nielsen released a survey that shows kids are at an eight-year-high for the amount of time they are spending in front of the glowing screen.

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Video Games Not Recession Proof

Video Games Not Recession Proof

When the big economic unraveling began last fall, I was impressed to see video game figures not only holding steady but actually increasing in sales. However the latest numbers are showing that even this robust industry is losing points in the battle.

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Apple Yanks Pornographic iPhone App

Apple Yanks Pornographic iPhone App

After clamping down on the Baby Shaker application that hit iPhones a few months ago (the “game” encouraged you to shake an image of a baby until it died), Apple is continuing to police its popular portable device after telling the creator of an app called Hottest Girls that they ...

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Chinese Government Insists Parents Have Internet Filters

Chinese Government Insists Parents Have Internet Filters

I know it makes the skin of any card carrying ACLU member crawl, but the Chinese government announced this week that all new computers being sold in the country need to have parental filtering software installed by July 1 of this year.

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