iKids

By Craig Kennet Miller | Curated by Craig Kennet Miller, learn about the digital life of children and teens, those born from 2000 to 2017.

Burbank’s Blizzard Arena aims to take esports to the next level

On Wednesday, video-game company Blizzard Entertainment launched the inaugural season of its competitive Overwatch League, the first major test of its dedicated esports broadcast facility in Burbank since it opened last year.<p>Blizzard Arena Los Angeles is a roughly 450-seat, 50,000-square-foot, …

Activision Blizzard

Apple should study how iPhone use might hurt kids, two big investors say

Two big shareholders of Apple Inc. are concerned that the entrancing qualities of the iPhone have fostered a public health crisis that could hurt children — and the company as well.<p>In a letter to the smartphone maker dated Jan. 6, activist investor Jana Partners LLC and the California State …

Andy Rubin

Even One Of The iPhone’s Co-Creators Thinks Apple Should Own Up To Teen Cell Phone Addiction

Fadell responded on Twitter to news that two large institutional investors believe kids are being harmed by too much time on their phones.<p>The co-creator of the iPhone is speaking out about the need to limit the use of the iconic device by kids.<p>On Sunday, Tony Fadell unloaded in a tweet storm …

Teens

Nintendo's Switch is proving to be a home run for the company — in more ways than one

Nintendo clearly has a hit on its hands with its new Switch console. As we can see in this chart from Statista, initial sales of the video game machine, which the Japanese company launched in March, are not only outpacing its last console, the woeful Wii-U, but also the fabled Wii, its last big …

Gaming

Feature

Well, 2017 has been an incredible year for Nintendo, and in years to come will likely be remembered as a vital comeback for the company. The 3DS kept …

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch was 2017's best gadget. What does it mean for 2018?

The most amazing gadget I used this year played Zelda and Mario, fit into my bag and points to where tablets, phones and PCs could go next.<p>I've seen VR, AR, iPhones, smartwatches, laptops and robots. But the gadget that impressed me the most, by a longshot, was the Nintendo Switch.<p>It was a familiar …

Gaming Consoles

Why Teens Aren’t Partying Anymore

<b>Kevin and I sit down</b> at two desks just outside his third period class at a high school in northern San Diego. He is 17 years old and Asian American, …

Teens

10 Surprising Things You Can Do With Your Nintendo Switch

Hey, congrats on getting a Nintendo Switch! It’s fun to see Nintendo back on its game. Hopefully, you’re already playing <i>The Legend of Zelda: Breath</i> …

Nintendo Switch

The uncertain future of handwriting

Computers and tablets are changing how we write – will the ability and need to wield a pen die out altogether?<p>We're told that writing is dying. Typing on keyboards and screens dominates written communication today. Even scribbling a signature has become rarer due to the prevalence of chip-and-pin …

Homeschooling

VRChat is a bizarre phenomenon that has Twitch, YouTube obsessed

Think Habbo Hotel or Second Life, but in VR<p>New game obsessions are commonplace, but phenomenons that can only be described as platform or industry changing are rare occurrences; <i>VRChat</i> is shaping up to be one of those rarities.<p>Developed by Graham Gaylor and Jesse Joudrey, <i>VRChat</i> is an amalgamation …

Virtual Reality

Smartphones aren't a smart choice in middle school

<b>(CNN) —</b> Not too long ago, one of my daughter's middle-school teachers told me that my daughter was spending a lot of time on her phone during class. As a mother, this was concerning. But I was not surprised. I am a physician and filmmaker who dedicated my time to make the documentary "Screenagers: …

Digital Age

Kids Don’t Have Parents Anymore—They Have ‘Sharents’

Your kid could be your ticket to likes, fame, and money. Or your kid could be your kid.<p>Who and what is a “sharent” exactly? If you have both a child …

Parenting

The very real health dangers of virtual reality

<b>(CNN) —</b> Is the magical world of virtual reality arriving in your home this holiday season?<p>You're not alone. Statistics show that more than a million VR headsets were shipped during the third quarter of 2017. That number is expected to rise rapidly in 2018 as more manufacturers enter the market.<p>But …

Virtual Reality

9 Technology Mega Trends That Will Change The World In 2018

Some tech trends fizzle out and die a quiet death, while others are so significant that they transform our world and how we live in it. Here are the top nine tech mega-trends that I believe will define 2018 and beyond.<p><b>Trend 1: The increasing datafication of our lives</b><p>From chatting to friends in a …

Trends

How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Let’s face it: the internet can be a nasty place. Between predators, malware, explicit content, and other bad actors, parents can find themselves in …

Parenting

The best new game for the Nintendo Switch isn't made by Nintendo for once

A fantastic game just arrived on the Nintendo Switch, and there's a good chance you've never heard of it.<p>The game is "Battle Chef Brigade," and it's a true delight — charming, beautiful, and smart. Best of all, it's like no other game that's come out this year.<p>That's great news if you're playing …

Nintendo Switch

OK Google, why is YouTube still such a cesspool for kids?

Did you succumb to Cyber Monday deals and buy a smart speaker? If so, keep talking.<p>Over the Thanksgiving holidays, the most discounted and heavily promoted products we saw were smart speakers from Google and Amazon. We suspect the rivals sold hundreds of thousands of these products.<p>If you've got a …

Andy Rubin

Smartphone addiction could be changing your brain

<b>(CNN) —</b> You may be one of the growing number of Americans (or global citizens) who has a bit of nomophobia.<p>"Nomophobia?" you mutter as you read this on your ever-present smartphone. "Of course not."<p>"NO MObile PHOne phoBIA" is a 21st-century term for the fear of not being able to use your cell phone …

Nonprofits

The U.S. best selling product on Black Friday, Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday was the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo have much to be thankful for<p>There seems to be no stopping the good news for legendary game developers Nintendo. It is being reported that, …

Why Students Should Leave Their Laptops Closed During Class

Score one for the Luddites. Taking notes with pen and paper may be more effective than with a laptop or tablet, studies show.<p>In a <i>New York Times</i> …

Evidence mounts that laptops are terrible for students at lectures

Time to reconsider the notebook and pen<p>Do you use a laptop or tablet to take notes during school lectures or meetings? If so, you might want to reconsider pen and paper; there’s increasing evidence that using laptops during lectures decreases learning, which can result in lower grades, reports <i>The</i> …

Education

The number of young American girls turning to self-harm is skyrocketing

Suicide rates among American teens are rising, as are rates of depression and anxiety. A new study in JAMA shows the pattern is similar for self-harm, with alarmingly high rates among young girls.<p>Until 2008, the rate of self-inflicted injuries bad enough to land a young person in the emergency room …

Mental Health
Nintendo Switch

How Technology Is Leading Us Into the Imagination Age

In many ways, the future is unpredictable. A report by the World Economic Forum reveals that almost 65 percent of the jobs elementary school students …

Creativity

What Every Parent Needs To Understand About Teens' Mental Health

Data shows young people are struggling more than ever.<p>A new report is painting a bleak picture when it comes to teens’ mental health, as well as their access to professional support for those issues.<p>Data published by the nonprofit Mental Health America shows that rates of severe youth depression …

Mental Health

TIME Names Nintendo Switch as One of the Best Inventions of 2017

TIME magazine has a certain level of prestige, and so when it does its end-of-year lists they get circulated and seen a lot. It's a nice win for …

Gaming
Deutsche Bank

Hands On: Watching Hulu on the Nintendo Switch

One of the biggest criticisms early on with the Nintendo Switch was also admittedly one of the console’s greatest strengths: it just plays games. For …

Are video games bad for your kids? Not so much, experts now believe

Ask any parent how they feel about their kids’ video gaming and you’ll almost certainly hear concerns about all the hours spent in a virtual world and the possibility of antisocial or even violent behavior. But are these concerns valid?<p>My teenage son is a gamer — bigly — and I’ve wrestled with how …