Being vulnerable and honest on the internet is difficult enough for most of us, but for kids, living a life online can be hellish. Grown-ass adults love to bully naive kids online, and it happens all the time.
As if they hadn’t already grafted themselves onto a significant portion of your own childhood memories (damn your catchy classics, Elton John and Phil Collins), the rise of more screens in the household has only meant more of The Mouse for your kids.
Game of Thrones returns on Sunday. You’ve got your ingredients to make a Crows’ Old Fashioned, your bowl of dire wolf chow for snacking, and your cheat sheet for who wants to kill whose family and for what reason. Now all you need is for your kids to go to sleep so you can find out what winter brings in peace.
Friday, June 2, was National Doughnut Day in the States, the day we celebrate fried sweet dough, torus-shaped and otherwise. Nabisco celebrated this joyous holiday by reminding us that there’s nothing quite like a warm jelly doughnut, especially not a creme-filled sandwich cookie.
There was no happy ending, no neat resolution, when Moe bullied Calvin out of his toy truck. But during that two week stretch of Calvin & Hobbes strips from 1989, cartoonist Bill Watterson made a dark but salient point about how unfair life can be. It was a gutsy move, and it resonated with anyone who had a less than…
When your kid shows interest in a popular phenomenon, usually there’s not much to understand—you just help them turn on the videos, and put the toys on their birthday wish list. But it’s a little trickier when your kid comes home and insists that they need to play Minecraft. You have some learning to do.
Mike Lanza, a dad and tech entrepreneur from Menlo Park, California, thinks we’re experiencing a crisis in child-rearing: Boys aren’t allowed to play rough or run free, and moms hover nervously at the margins of children’s social worlds, chirping reminders about sharing and playing nice. The result, he explains in a…
While Pokémon Go is geared toward adults and teens, a lot of parents are playing it with their children too. I helped my kindergartener install it yesterday, and we spent an afternoon at a park looking for Pikachu. There are some safety concerns, but lots of potential for exercise and learning, too.
Look at this little boy’s face. He is the saddest little gamer who ever gamed. What sort of video game does this to a child?
I went to my local video game store on Friday to pick up a copy of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, and I walk out with an entire generation’s worth of Nintendo console goodness. Thanks, random game store guy.
I knew this game was trouble. I just knew it.
On Jan. 13, 2014, a person with the Twitter handle @BeatinOff2Night—his current handle is @ChickenColeman2—tweeted a three-panel shot of him and a kid playing what appeared to be NBA 2K14. The game was evidently one-sided, but the caption was the best part:
Comic-Con 2014 had a lot of great cosplay, but what really stole the show for me was all the adorable kid attendees in their cosplay outfits. It's almost too much.
When I was 12 I didn't like school much — who did? But if someone told me I didn't have to go to school and could use the spare time to do whatever I wanted? I'd probably just spend it trying to break my speed records on Super Punch Out!! I tell you what I wouldn't have done: worked my ass off to create a critically…
One of the most dreaded things for me in childhood was pulling out teeth—but this kid? This kid is PUMPED to pull out his teeth. Dang.
Some kids in Pennsylvania made a prop bomb they were using when they played a real-life game of Call of Duty out in the yard. This is why you don't leave your toys laying around outside, boys. A neighbor found it, didn't know what the hell it was, and a very real bomb squad evacuated several people.
Bless children and their earnest, trusting hearts. Without kids, who would keep the idea of Santa Claus alive?
Adults talking about which video game machine is better can be annoying and downright stupid. Grade-schoolers doing it, though, is adorable.
By now, most adults are used to the idea that the software and services they use—including video games—record what they do to send feedback to the companies that make them. But when some third-graders found out that games they love have some kind of data-mining, it was a heartbreaking combination of funny and sad.