Kids These Days
Meanwhile in Canada
Josh Correira will start his freshman year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this fall, but already the 18-year-old is raking in up to $4,000 a month — all because he programmed an online video game.
Mr. Correira has been making money through ROBLOX, an online platform where users — typically kids and teens — create and play games featuring blocks of different shapes, sizes and colors. ROBLOX launched its Developer Exchange program last October, wherein creators can convert the virtual currency earned through their games — called ROBUX — into real live cash.
We Canadians might not all live in igloos and wear beaver pelts, but some of us are really as ridiculously polite as the rumors say.
A pair of 14-year-old boys from Winnipeg managed to hack a Bank of Montreal ATM on their school lunch break, the Winnipeg Sun reports. But once they broke into the system, instead of pocketing heaps of cash, they politely informed the bank about the ATM’s vulnerability.
Go Home Science You're Drunk
When we opened Google’s homepage this morning, we noticed today’s Doodle was one of the most colorful and intricate we’d ever seen. Then we learned it was designed by an 11-year-old.
For the past seven years, Google has hosted an annual Doodle 4 Google competition, which asks kids from kindergarden to 12th grade to design an invention that would make the world a better place. This year’s winner — chosen from more than 100,000 submissions — was 11-year-old Audrey Zhang from New York.
Sometimes, when there’s nothing on TV and all its friends are busy, Science gets really bored and comes up with experiments like this: do kids act more aggressively when they bite chunks out of their food with their front teeth, or when their food is cut up?
Apparently, kids who use their teeth to tear off bites of food tend to behave twice as aggressively as those who eat food cut up with a knife and fork, the Daily Mail reports.
Kids These Days
If you go looking for any info about “teens” and “social media,” you’ll likely find a collection of alarmism and guesswork that will make your head spin. Luckily, there’s now a book that isn’t just well researched, but insightful, accessible and makes no attempt to box away your concerns with easy answers.
It’s Read More
In Loco Parentis
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.
App for That
In what’s sure to be the first in a couple’s long line of fabulous parenting decisions, two soon-to-be parents have asked the Internet for help naming their daughter.
With the approval of his (probably long suffering) wife, the husband set up namemydaughter.com, where users can vote for their favorite first and middle names for the unborn baby girl.
The husband explained himself and appealed to potential voters on Reddit, because obviously:
Kids These Days
Yuppie parents thought they had it all when the iPad came out. Fill it with some Real Simple-approved apps, plop it down in front of the bored toddler, and presto, all those brain-building programs would transform their kids into the next Jack Dorsey. One problem, though: Those apps are likely not making their children any smarter.
The Way We Live Now
Oh no, our world’s children are succumbing to the perils of the World Wide Web. A new survey of 19,000 parents worldwide said their kids browse porn as early as age six and begin e-flirting at eight years old. The news comes from Bitdefender, a Bucharest-based antivirus company, that compiled the results from talking with parents and monitoring which sites parents block.
Do you hate your own children and wish they would just stop being so freakin’ annoying? Do you pray that they’d just go the fuck to sleep for once so you can watch The X Factor in peace? Luckily, a new pair of high tech pajamas called “Smart Pajamas” will do your parenting for you. Ain’t the future grand?