After years of free-range kids campaigning, a state legislature has taken heed: Utah just passed the Child Neglect Amendments, affirming that common activities like letting your kid walk to school or leaving them in the car while you duck into a shop are not neglect or child abuse.
Rep. Brad Daw, who sponsoredRead More
A little boy creeped out while sitting on Santa’s lap used baby sign language to tell his parents he was not feeling safe with Old Saint Nick. Kerry Spencer shared an old photo of her son hanging out with a pretty convincing looking mall Santa when he was just 1 year old. “We taught ourRead More
When Context Labs teamed up with UK consumer group Which? to produce an outstanding report on the surveillance, privacy and security risks of kids’ “connected toys,” it undertook the reverse-engineering of Hasbro’s new Furby Connect, a device that works with a mobile app to listen and watch the people around it and interact withRead More
Two leading European consumer groups — the UK’s Which? and Germany’s Stiftung Warentest — have published an advisory with the results of their lab tests on the security of kids’ connected toys, warning that these toys are insecure and could allow strangers to listen in and talk to your kids over the internet.
Homeolab USA is a Canadian company that makes “homeopathic” remedies for kids; in a warning letter sent to the company earlier this month, the US FTC warned the company that it had discovered dangerous levels of belladonna (AKA deadly nightshade) in its infant teething products, and advised the company that its manufacturing process wasRead More
The Monster Scouts are a wonderful thing: monster-obsessed makers who have created a collaborative, detailed, LARP-ish world in which monsters are real and an imaginary scouting organization called the Crow Scouts, founded in 1907, has operated for more than a century to help our monster friends.
Monster Scouts are a real society thatRead More
A majority of the Rhode Island school districts with “1-1” programs where each student is issued a laptop have a blanket policy of spying on the students and everything they do on their laptops, during, before and after school hours, on or off school premises, without any evidence (or even suspicion ) of wrongdoing.