In defense of screen time

Siri Fiske It’s not the screen itself that’s good or bad — but what’s on it. These studies show that it’s not the screen itself that’s good or bad — but what’s on it. Watching two hours of Cartoon Network is much different than watching a National Geographic documentary. Parents simply need to create straightforward rules for their kids. Regulating non-educational screen time or having a social media curfew are both good options. At school, educators can use tech gadgets and apps to speed up the learning process while tailoring their lessons to support each student. Consider DreamBox, a platform…

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Texas Haunted Forts by Elaine Coleman

Everybody loves a good ghost story, and Texas is full of them. But if you’re looking for a haunting with a truly rough-and-tumble story to match, you need to investigate the numerous forts, bases, and camps that littered the Texas countryside from the 1800s onward. Texas Haunted Forts chronicles the often-bloody history of many historical spots in Texas, detailing not only the military history of each fort but the urban legends, ghost stories, and spooky anecdotes that populate many of them. Whether the base is still standing or simply a bit of rubble on the landscape, there’s usually some interesting…

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Drag act for children sparks outrage

Another, Louise Paine, wrote: “Drag is adult entertainment, an over-sexualised, misogynistic portrayal of women, usually by gay men. “This is not suitable for young children, especially when they are reading them stories which tell them they may have been born in the wrong body, an impossibility.” The tour has been running for two years, performing some 50 shows around the UK and reaching about 8,000 children. “They love it – there’s glitter, feather boas and they think it’s amazing,” said Mr Canham. Related Topics Somerset County Council Drag queens Taunton LGBT Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-46753018

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Homeless deaths ‘up 24%’ over five years

more than half of the deaths were because of drug poisoning, liver disease or suicide deaths increased throughout England but fell in Wales London and north-west England had the highest proportion of deaths the average age of death was 44 for men and 42 for women, compared with 76 for men and 81 for women among the rest of the population Mark Urmston, who visited the centre for some lunch, says his brother Luke, 31, a rough sleeper, was found dead on a bench earlier this year after a suspected drugs overdose. They were in and out of care as…

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Butterfly Hill by Brendan le Grange

Book Summary: A psychopath with mother issues. A policeman with his career on the line. A beautiful agent with unclear allegiances. And an ancient organisation guarding a secret that could get them all killed. Hiko Shimizu is not a nice man, but he is ingenious. Ingenious enough to find a lost artefact capable of catalysing a revolution in China? Maybe. And that’s close enough to draw the attention of powerful forces that won’t hesitate to kill to keep their secrets safe. Meanwhile, Matthys Rossouw is in hot pursuit, unaware of the full scale of the danger he faces. Butterfly Hill…

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Silencing Facebook rants, health device hackers and more: Tech Q&A

A: This kind of cyber-attack is the stuff of nightmares – to have your pacemaker deliver an unexpected shock, or to be deprived of insulin at a critical moment, and all of it is carried out remotely, by some stranger with a laptop. If you doubt that such a thing is possible, just listen to my podcast, where skilled hackers reveal precisely how they pulled this off. Tap or click here to hear from hackers who actually took control of pacemakers and other medical devices. Upgrade Regular TV Q: I have an old dumb TV. How do I make it…

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The judgmental mom is little more than a stereotype

(CNN)It’s quite possible that, by the time I had my first child, I had read more articles about navigating relationships with other moms than ones about navigating my relationship with my baby. Parent media is full of stories about moms who “judge,” “shame,” “clap back” and are at “war” with other mothers. Of course, total seclusion wasn’t a possibility, and I did leave the house with my child now and then. As my exposure increased over time, so did my sense of surprise and, ultimately, bewilderment. Six years, two kids and three cities later, and I have never once felt…

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New Hot Toy Lists for 2018 from SproutScout.co

Looking for toys for kids both young and old? SproutScout.co has put together 30 guides for parents and grandparents to find the *perfect* gift this Christmas. Each list has ten options to help you find exactly what your child/grandchild will want to find under the tree. The Top 10 Best Current Marvel Toys The Top 10 Best Current Toy Cars And Trucks The Top 10 Best Disney Toys The Top 10 Best Dolls For Kids The Top 10 Best Learning Toys For Toddlers And Young Children The Top 10 Best Drones For Kids The Top 10 Best Ride On Toys…

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How Tumblr’s adult content crackdown could alienate users

San Francisco (CNN Business)Tumblr says it is banning images and videos that feature “adult content,” including pornography, from its platform. The change, which will start December 17, threatens to alienate some of the blogging website’s most active communities. By expanding its list of banned material, Tumblr said it wants to make more people “feel comfortable expressing themselves” on the platform. Tumblr will still allow written adult content, including erotica, fan fiction and other creative writing. The company will enforce the new rules through a combination of automated detection, human moderation and assistance from community members who flag objectionable posts they…

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