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Chicago Catholic Church Warns Parents About Facebook

While some outlets may bash Chicago's St. John Cantius Roman Catholic church for warning its parishioners of Facebook's moral dangers, we won't. After all, the church's clergy didn't forbid Facebook; they just declared that it facilitates vanity and dishonesty (specifically in children), allowing them to concoct their own identities and social realities with less risk of real-world consequence....

Facebook Kicks Out 20,000 Underage Users Every Day, Privacy Chief Claims

It's no secret that Facebook has plenty of underage users, but, according to a report from the Daily Telegraph, the social network is doing its best to keep them out. Facebook's chief privacy adviser, Mozelle Thompson, confirmed yesterday that the site bans about 20,000 underage users every day, as part of its campaign to tighten its 13-and-older age limit. Speaking to a Parliamentary cyber-...

School Bus Driver Arrested After Sending Over 1,000 Texts While Driving

Just about everyone in the world knows that texting while driving puts motorists and passengers in serious danger, especially if school buses are involved. Evelyn Guzman, however, apparently didn't think it was that big of a deal. Guzman, 47, was recently arrested in Connecticut after police found video footage showing the woman sending text messages while driving a school bus. The surveillance...

'Exergames' Can Actually Help Keep Kids in Shape, Study Finds

Looking for a legitimate excuse to play video games instead of going to the gym? Bill Bailey has it. Bailey, a professor of Exercise Science at BYU, recently discovered that kids who play physically intensive video games can actually get enough exercise to meet federally recommended requirements for physical activity. In his study, Bailey examined 39 middle school-aged children, of various b...

If You Take a Photo of Your Breakfast, Kellogg Will Donate Food to Needy Kids

What better way to help those who can't afford to eat breakfast than by celebrating the processed trash that the rest of America scarfs down every morning? That seems to be the impetus behind Share Your Breakfast, a new campaign launched by the Kellogg Company. For every image uploaded to the campaign's site, Kellogg will donate a breakfast to a child in need, in the hopes of handing out a mill...

Underage Facebooking: Half of All 12-year-olds Use Social Networks, Study Says

Lying about your age is a time-honored Internet tradition, which is why it should come as no real surprise that plenty of preteens are on Facebook nowadays. Facebook officially forbids children under the age of 13 from using the site but, according to a study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, there are plenty that do. About 46-percent of all American 12-year-olds use social netwo...

Teen's Hacked Facebook Account Invites 4,000 to House Party

An Australian teen's Facebook account was hacked and used to invite more than 4,000 people to a party at his parents' house. According to an AAP report, the unnamed South Brisbane boy, who apparently had planned on having a small party with friends before his account was compromised, told his dad what had happened when the number of people who RSVPd climbed into the thousands. "The first thing ...

'Doodle-4-Google' Collected Kids' Art, Social Security Numbers

In a recent piece for the Huffington Post, filmmaker Bob Bowdon accused Google of harvesting social security numbers and other personal information from children "under the guise of an art contest." The annual contest, called 'Doodle-4-Google,' was launched as a campaign to celebrate "the creativity of young people," and asked students to send in illustrations adhering to a simple theme: "Wh...

Dorky Dad Bakes Son 'Angry Birds' Birthday Cake, Lazy Parents Roll Eyes

If your kids are currently in the room, it's probably in your best interest to refrain from watching this video. No, it's not because of bad language or nudity or violence. It's because, if they see this monstrosity of a birthday cake (and working model of 'Angry Birds'), they will not rest until you construct it. And that would take us months....

Bieber the Face (and Hairdo) of MTV and Facebook's Anti-Cyber-Bullying Campaign

MTV, Facebook and Justin "The Beebs" Bieber have launched Draw Your Line, a campaign to track and discourage acts of cyberbullying. While we hate cyberbullying as much as the next blog, we have to question the inclusion of Justin Bieber, as it reminds us of those old anti-drug specials featuring the Ninja Turtles. Young dope fiends didn't care about masked reptiles back then, and we'd wager youn...

'A' Is for ADD: 'Sesame Street' Coming to Microsoft Kinect

Perhaps you're the type of parent that hates to see a child become ADD-addled and glassy-eyed in front of the TV. Well, thanks to 'Sesame Street' and Microsoft's motion-control Kinect gaming system, you can soon have your little tyke unresponsive and rambunctious. According to the Xbox PR folk, the multiple 'Sesame Street'-themed games encourage "dancing, jumping, flying and more." We would rathe...

8-Year-Old Girl Racks Up $1,400 Bill After Playing 'Smurfs' Village' iPad Game

What do you get when you give an iPad to an 8-year-old girl? A bunch of Smurfberries, and a $1,400 bill from iTunes. That's what Stephanie Kay received, after her daughter Madison spent her winter break playing the 'Smurfs' Village' game on her family's iPad. The second-grader from Maryland apparently wasn't aware that the Smurfberries she collected cost real money -- a detail that, according ...

The Kid in VW's Darth Vader Commercial Is as Cute as You'd Expect Him to Be

Meet Max Page, the 6-year-old boy who plays a bite-sized Darth Vader in Volkswagen's latest Super Bowl commercial. Max, who was unmasked on the 'Today Show' this morning, has a congenital heart defect that forced him to get a pacemaker at an early age. But that hasn't stopped him from pursuing his dreams in Hollywood. He's already appeared on 'The Young and the Restless,' starred in a handful of...

Absorbed by His PSP, Italian Boy Falls Onto Train Tracks, Avoids Tragedy

A 10-year-old Italian boy is lucky to be in one piece today, after falling on to a railway line in Milan. The boy, who was on his way home from school, was engrossed with whatever game he was playing on his Sony PSP, and apparently didn't notice the ledge toward which he kept walking. Luckily, an off-duty policeman named Alessandro Micalizzi immediately jumped in to rescue the boy, and, perhap...

French Hacker Targets Little Kid With Facebook Prank

Whenever you choose to block or report a person on Facebook, the social network prompts you to choose from an automatically generated list of reasons for your action. On the English version of the site, you'll see options like "Inappropriate profile picture," or "Inappropriate Wall post." On the French site, however, recent visitors may have noticed an additional option, concerning not fake profi...