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‘StarCraft’ gets the cartoon makeover nobody asked for

Sponsored Links Indigo Pearl When you think of kid-friendly video games, StarCraft might not top the list. But that could change. A new version, StarCraft: Cartooned, reimagines every unit, structure, map, menu and mission with art by CarBot Animations. The usually dark game is swapping its Warhammer-like visual style for a complete makeover with cute …

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FTC reportedly investigating YouTube over children’s privacy

Sponsored Links Olly Curtis/Future Publishing via Getty Images YouTube may have a particularly strong incentive to change how it handles kids’ videos — it appears to be under government scrutiny for its behavior. Sources for both the New York Times and Washington Post assert that the FTC is in the “late stages” of an investigation …

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Juul faces House investigation over teen e-cigarette use

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Julio Cortez Juul is facing even more heat over concerns that it’s contributing to teen vaping. The House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy has opened an investigation into the “youth e-cigarette epidemic” that could determine if Juul had marketed its e-cigarettes to kids. Committee Chairman Raja Krishnamoorthi has asked the company …

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The best blended STEM kits for kids

This incredibly affordable 30-piece kit has enough tools to turn bits of cardboard into anything from a space station to an Italian villa. It’s affordable, versatile, fun, safe, encourages creative thinking and problem solving, and requires only every kid’s favorite toy — a cardboard box. Makedo is heavy on the “EM” part of STEM, with …

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A parent’s guide to teaching internet common sense

“Do you know what you’re looking at?” I ask my five-year-old and seven-year-old when we’re on the iPad. “Yeah, yeah,” they grumble as they swipe and tap during their 10-minute dip into deviceland. While we peruse pictures of dinosaurs or exploding volcanoes on YouTube or whatever it is that piques their interest, I ask a …

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UK bans gambling ads from sites and games that target kids

s0ulsurfing – Jason Swain via Getty Images The UK will prohibit child-friendly websites and video games from running gambling ads, a move that poses potential ramifications for app developers, soccer stars and social media influencers alike. Starting April 1st, gambling companies will be banned from targeting ads at under-18s on social media and across the …

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Tools and tricks to make the most out of Halloween

It’s no secret, Halloween is our favorite holiday. Whether you’re looking to up your pumpkin-carving game, scare the neighboorhood kids away from the candy bowl, or just make sure your whole family is safe on one of the most trafficked nights of the year, we have some personal recommendations to help you out. Level up …

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Rainbocorns, the hot holiday toy of 2018

Every year it seems like a new must-have toy comes to market. The early leader in this year’s race appears to be the new Rainbocorns. If you haven’t heard of Rainbocorns yet, trust me, you will. As the father of a 5-year-old unicorn-obsessed daughter, I can already see these flying off the shelves. The difficulty …

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