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Think of the Children

Think of the Children

Someone In Mexico Named Their Kid ‘Facebook’

Dramatization. (Photo: Brutal Gamer)

Baby names have been getting progressively dumber in past years (maybe because we’re now allowing Redditors to choose them). You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting four Olyvyrs and a Daxxon at the local park.

So officials in one state Mexican state have taken matters into their own hands by banning the 61 names they’ve deemed dumbest. Facebook is on the list — and that means at least one kid in Sonora, Mexico, is named after the social network, because the names were culled from actual civil registries. Read More

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‘MommyCoach’ Means Never Having to Call Your Smug Older Sister For Parenting Advice Again

Stock photo moms, they're just like us! (Screengrab: MommyCoach.com)

When it comes to child-rearing advice there’s a new sheriff in town, and its name is “the Internet.”

More specifically it’s a startup called MommyCoach, because shhh your father is busy right now. Despite the female-centric name, though, the site was founded by CEO Christophe Garnier, who is, you guessed it, a guy. What are the odds!

MommyCoach will help its users “learn from experts on a range of topics related to their new lives, sharing not only tested parenting advice, but also information on subjects like food and nutrition, health and fitness, life and work, and more,” TechCrunch reports. Read More

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McDonald’s Accused of Shadily Marketing to Kids via Online Games

Just hanging out, maybe collecting some emails. (Photo: flickr.com/paul_everett82

Ronald McDonald probably isn’t the first person who comes to mind when parents think “internet dangers,” but you probably don’t want your kids getting unsolicited emails about the glories of french fries, either.

Well, bad news: The New York Times reports that several advocacy organizations have filed a complaint with the FTC, alleging that Micky D’s and four other companies–Viacom, General Mills, Subway and Turner–are exploiting a legal loophole in their online marketing to kids.

In true corporate fashion, however, these companies aren’t doing anything so straightforward as simply asking for 9-year-olds’ email addresses. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act in fact requires sites to get parents’ “verifiable consent”  before they can collect the personal info of kids younger than 13. Read More

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Zach Klein On His New Startup: DIY, A Community and App For Kids Who Make

Mr. Klein sans cabin.

The last time we checked in on Vimeo cofounder Zach Klein, the self-described “proselytizer of country living” was adding listings to his upstate New York real estate blog and tending to his Cabin Porn tumblr. The New York native–who also cofounded Svpply and BustedTees, is a partner in Founder Collective, and has invested in Kickstarter–still has East Coast ties in the form of a dreamy cabin called Beaver Brook that he built using a salvaged barn frame.

But yesterday, Mr. Klein finally revealed what he’s been up to since moving to San Francisco last fall: an online community and app for kids called DIY. It’s a zeitgeisty idea that taps into both the Maker movement and the fact that children find themselves immersed in technology at a younger age. (Yes, a rugrat who grew up playing with iPads will soon make you feel obsolete.) Read More