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Why Kids Shouldn’t Be Playing Apps Like Star Girl

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Last week, I attended the Digital Kids Summit in San Francisco. The very last presentation of the conference was a panel in which Warren Buckleitner of Children’s Technology Review courageously called out the people who market and distribute mobile apps and games to kids. He wants parents to understand just how far some apps go to manipulate kids, and he wants app developers—as well as app distributors like Google Play, the App Store, and Amazon—to do something about it. Read More

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If your Tween Loves Fashion, Celebrities, and Beauty…They Still Shouldn’t Play Kim Kardashian Hollywood

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Kim Kardashian Hollywood is a free app available for OS and Android, and it kind of seems like everybody is playing it. It’s pretty much what it sounds like—you’re vying for fame in the wealthiest parts of Los Angeles, trying to make that A-List.

Disclaimer—I played this game for only about an hour. I’m pretty sure I got the gist of it, but who knows? Maybe at some point down the road, the story will take a turn and I’ll have to make some tough personal decisions involving the ethics of wealth and beauty.

(Shh, I can dream, right? Edit: apparently you do have to decide at one point whether to take nude photographs in order to earn more fame.) Read More