The Cinnamon Challenge is KILLING OUR KIDS

Or maybe it isn’t. Who the hell knows? Sometime around last September there was a media query looking for parents whose teens had tried the cinnamon challenge. I responded that my kid had and a producer from the Dr. Oz show wanted to know if she had any bad experiences from it? I stated that she hadn’t and asked why they were looking for teens and the reply was: BECAUSE KIDS ARE DYING. Well, no. They actually aren’t but that was a nice try. Is the cinnamon challenge good for you? Probably …

KQED Forum Tomorrow Morning

I’ll be on The Forum with Michael Krasny at 9 tomorrow morning. We’ll be talking about kids and media. The show is on KQED the Bay Area’s NPR affiliate. You may or may not be aware that the AAP has recommended zero screen time for children under two. I suppose I’m invited to add a little color as I cannot comprehend why the AAP would think taking such an extreme stance would support new parents. I’m pretty sure this Washington Post article led them to me. If you don’t live …

Faux Research Harms Everyone

Last week I told y’all that The University of Washington had settled part of a lawsuit with the founders of Baby Einstein. In paying $175,000 of legal fees they admit that they violated the public records act. This may seem like a ho hum piece of news, but it’s really important for families to understand how research at places like the University of Washington affects our daily lives. Dr. Dimitri Christakis has a website (and a lecture business) where he promotes himself as an International Expert on Media and Child …