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Archive: December 7, 2008 - December 13, 2008

Sony Violates Children's Privacy Act

Sony BMG Music Entertainment has a privacy notice on its Web sites that users under the age of 13 can't participate in Web page activities. But, in reality, the site accepted registrations from children who entered a date of birth indicating that they were under 13, the Federal Trade Commission...

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 12, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

Lesson Plan for Parents: How to Play

Good Morning America parenting correspondent Annie Pleshette Murphy sat on the GMA show stage earlier this week surrounded by toys -- a Sorry game, a magic kit, blocks, a little people truck, a pasta maker ... Yes, I said that right, a pasta maker, which she said her son loved...

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 12, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (15)

Chuck E. Cheese, Beer and Violence

By Rebeldad Brian Reid There are a lot of reasons to avoid Chuck E. Cheese. I’m no fan of the pizza, the animatronic show is still straight out of 1978 and I’ve had too many tokens swallowed by broken Skee-Ball machines. But, according to the Wall Street Journal, I should...

By Brian Reid | December 11, 2008; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (46)

Sex + Texting = Sexting

Sending nude photos via cellphone now has a name. It's called "sexting" and it's the latest talking point for parents of teens. In Seattle, sexting moved to the forefront in June when school officials at Bothell High School heard rumors of naked pictures of two cheerleaders circulating among football players....

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 10, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (40)

The Teasing of Christmas

Charlie Brown gets mocked for choosing a sickly pine tree for Christmas. Flick gets his tongue stuck on a telephone pole in response to boys daring him. Rudolph's red nose is the butt of the reindeer jokes until it proves useful. Ah, it's time for the Christmas specials. And that...

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 9, 2008; 7:10 AM ET | Comments (23)

Take It Once, Take It Twice ...

The College Board's new Score Choice policy was supposed to make it more alluring to take the SAT test multiple times. The premise is that students can decide which scores to send to colleges. Many high school juniors have already taken the bait, according to Newsweek, and are taking the...

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 8, 2008; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Are You Done?

In January, one of America's most famous large families is expected to add baby No. 18. The Duggars -- led by dad Jim Bob and mom Michelle will know when they are done having kids when she stops getting pregnant. For those of us of different faiths and beliefs than...

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 8, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (41)

 

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