In Loco Parentis

Couple Asks Reddit To Name Daughter, Reddit Does Surprisingly Great Job

Ah, the joy of not being named "Salad." (Wikimedia Commons)

Earlier this year, we reported on the possibly-insane husband and wife that asked the Internet — Redditors, in particularto vote on a name for their unborn daughter.

The husband set up Namemydaughter.com, and invited People of the Internet to submit and vote on ideas for baby names. With names like “Cthulu All-Spark,” “Ixtley” and “Slagathor” topping the list, we were seriously worried for a while about this poor, un-named baby’s future. Read More

Kids These Days

Thanks to iPads, Toddlers Are Totally Over Toy Blocks

Kids don't know how to do this anymore. (Wikimedia Commons)

Here’s a frightening thought regarding the future of humankind: according to The Telegraph, children born in the digital age are so addicted to technology, they’re forgoing playing with blocks, pens and paper.

Members of the UK’s Association of Teachers and Lecturers are warning that the addiction is leaving children as young as three with no dexterity in their fingers but the ability to swipe a touch screen with ease. Read More

Kids These Days

Kids Aren’t Reporting Cyberbullying Because They Don’t Want Their Phones Confiscated

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Today in really, really sad news, kids these days would apparently rather endure cyberbullying than not have a smartphone or laptop, Ireland’s Independent reports.

The theory belongs to Dr. Conor McGuckin, an assistant professor in education psychology at Trinity College, Dublin. According to Dr. McGuckin, who spoke at a recent Cyber-Ethics Public Forum, kids are often scared to report cases of cyberbullying to their parents because they don’t want them to confiscate their smartphones, tablets and laptops. Instead, they’d rather suffer the torment in silence. Read More

RAAAAAAAANDI!

Randi Zuckerberg Has Written a Picture Book About How Kids Should Step Away from the Internet

Cool dog. (Dot Complicated)

Start-ups: Silicon Valley didn’t exactly set the world on fire, but that doesn’t mean Randi Zuckerberg has limited her endeavors to blogging at her own site, Dot Complicated, and bumping into Rick Ross at launch parties. She announced today that she’ll be releasing a children’s book about how kids maybe shouldn’t spend all their time on the Internet.

Your signed copy is in the mail, Mark. Read More