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

How to play Japanese Famicom games through Nintendo Switch Online

It’s worth it for the box art alone<p>Last night, Nintendo officially rolled out its online subscription service for the Nintendo Switch, and one of the big selling points is the inclusion of classic NES games. For $20 a year, you get access to a growing list of 8-bit titles; there are 20 available at …

Nintendo Switch

California's children fall behind before they start school, and some never catch up, study finds

When students enter school in California, they learn at a pace on par with — if not better than — those in other states.<p>The problem is that they arrive far behind their national peers, and they never catch up.<p>This conclusion, from a sweeping research project aimed at charting future education …

Child Care

Teens Are Over Face-to-Face Communication, Study Says

When Common Sense surveyed roughly a thousand teenagers about their habits back in 2012, most of them said that their favorite way to communicate …

Social Media

Teens know social media is manipulative, but they still use it more than ever

Whoa, the teens really are woke.<p>The organization Common Sense Media released a research report on Monday that aims to paint a picture of the role …

Social Media

The Problem With Parents and Social Media

“So much of parents’ fear around social media use comes from this fear that their kids’ lives will be ruined forever,” says Ana Homayoun in the latest episode of <i>Home School, The Atlantic</i>’sanimated video series about parenting. In episode five of the series, Homayoun, the author of <i>Social Media</i> …

Social Media

Too Many Chinese Children Need Glasses. Beijing Blames Video Games.

BEIJING — It started this week with a call to action from China’s leader, Xi Jinping. Too many of the country’s children need glasses, he said, and the government was going to do something about it.<p>It ended on Friday with billions of dollars being wiped from the market value of the world’s largest …

China

Here comes Gen Z and 'significant' shifts in buying trends

Get ready to hear more and more about Generation Z.<p>A Bloomberg analysis of UN data indicates that Gen Z, also called “centennials” because they were …

Generation Z

Video games earn more than double the entire U.S. box office in first half of 2018

The video game business is outpacing the movie business in direct-sales revenue in the U.S., and it’s not even close. In the first half of 2018, …

Box Office

The 50 best US colleges for your money

Deciding to attend a university is more than agreeing to learn and grow at an institution, it is a financial commitment than can stretch years after graduation.<p>Student debt is at an all time high in the US. Americans owe over $1.4 trillion of student loan debt in 2018, according to Student Loan …

College & University

Gen-Z Is About to Outnumber Millennials. Here's How That Will Affect the Business World

In 2019, Gen-Z will surpass Millennials as the largest generation, and early indicators show they are about to shake things up.<p>Generation Z (Gen-Z) is known mostly as the generation to follow Millennials and is currently classified as the demographic born after 1996. Over the past decades, …

Social Media

Fortnite isn’t addicting your kids — it’s just giving them what society won’t

Many parents are concerned with their child’s seemingly obsessive video game play. Fortnite, the most recent gaming phenomenon, has taken the world by storm and has parents asking whether the shooter game is OK for kids.<p>The short answer is yes, Fortnite is fine. Furthermore, parents can breathe …

Parenting

These Are the 25 Best Colleges in the U.S. Right Now

What makes a college the best deal? MONEY has developed a comprehensive analysis to help you determine just that. See our rankings.<p>Robin Schaad sat …

College & University

‘Fortnite’ phenomenon turns ‘workaholic’ game developer into billionaire

Tim Sweeney started Epic Games in his parents’ basement 27 years ago, and his astute business moves — including giving away its latest hit game — now …

Blue light from phone screens accelerates blindness, study finds

Light from digital devices triggers creation of toxic molecule in the retina that can cause macular degeneration<p>Scientists say they have found how blue light from smartphones, laptops and other digital devices damages vision and can speed up blindness.<p>Research by the University of Toledo in the US …

Macular Degeneration

Okami on Nintendo Switch review: “Blurring the line between player and game to an unmatched degree”

Okami on the Nintendo Switch doesn’t just put you in the paws of the sun-god-in-wolf-form Amaterasu. It makes you <i>feel</i> like a god. Whether you’re …

Limit screen time to protect your child's heart, American Heart Association says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Parents, there's yet another reason to limit screen time for your kids: It could contribute to future heart disease.<p>The latest advice comes from the American Heart Association, and reinforces existing recommendations to limit screen time for children and teens to no more than one to two …

High Blood Pressure

The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America

Family life looks very different across the country, depending when women first give birth.

Here's A First Look At RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures' Screenshots And Box Art

Atari has released the first screenshots and box art for RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures, coming to Nintendo Switch this holiday season.<p>The company …

Lifetime Sales For The Nintendo Switch And Nintendo 3DS

Photo: Nintendo<p>Wonder how Nintendo’s current gen game machines are doing? The Kyoto-based company just released life-to-date tallies for both the …

Parents Hiring Fortnite Coaches to Improve Play, Help Children Level Up

As Fortnite Battle Royale continues to dominate the world of video games, parents are starting to invest in coaches in the same way they would for sports or academics.<p>On Tuesday, Sarah E. Needleman of the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reported parents are throwing down between $10 and $20 per hour so their …

Forget the PS5, it's the Nintendo Switch 2 that could launch sooner than we all thought – here's why

By Robert Jones<p>The Nintendo Switch has been a phenomenal success story for the Japanese game meister over the last 16 months, blowing critics and …

Solo Showdown returns to Fortnite Battle Royale

The closest most casual Fortnite Battle Royale players will get to a competitive game mode is Solo Showdown. The limited time competition style solo …

America's Colleges And Universities Are Just Like 'Fantasy Island'

For those of you too young to remember the ABC television series <i>Fantasy Island,</i> Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban) and Tattoo (Hervé Villechaize) were the overseers of a mysterious island where guests – B-list stars of the period – were granted their fantasies, which were bizarre enough to capture the …

Self-awareness

Fortnite Update Nerfs The Overpowered SMG And Compact SMG

Epic Games recently added the SMG and Compact SMG to Fortnite: Battle Royale but, following feedback from its community, has pushed out a hotfix tweaking how effective they are. In a post on the Fortnite: Battle Royale subreddit, Epic said that SMGs were "stronger than we would like at the moment" …

Fortnite Season 5 Challenge Guide: Birthday Cakes, Basketball Hoops, Search Between Oasis, And More

Season 5 of Fortnite: Battle Royale has kicked off on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and iOS. As before, the new season brings with it an assortment of new challenges to complete, as well as a variety of Battle Pass rewards to unlock. This time, however, Epic has made a few notable changes to …

Where to find all 10 cakes for Fortnite's birthday challenge

It's officially been one year since Fortnite launched into Early Access, and even though Battle Royale came a few months later, Epic is giving …

Why 'getting lost in a book' is so good for you, according to science

Wellness<p>“Transportation” — or the act of losing yourself in a book — makes you more empathetic, more creative and (hello!) it’s an escape.<p>Whether you’re the reader who rips through a new book each week or the one still slogging through that bestseller your friend recommended months ago, …

Northwestern University

Fortnite has hit over $1 billion in revenue with in-app purchases

Fortnite has become an insanely popular game and we heard last month that the title’s debut on iOS generated $100 million in revenue in just three months. Now, a new report says that the battle royale blockbuster has hit over $1 billion in sales across all platforms.<p>Whoosh! Screen Cleaner<p>Detailed …

In-App Purchases

Fortnite Season 5 Challenge Guide: Where To Search Between An Oasis, Rock Archway, And Dinosaurs (Week 2)

We're into the second week of Fortnite Season 5, which means there's a fresh set of challenges to take on. If you're new to the game, this means that you can score some extra XP and Battle Stars for successfully completing specific objectives in-game. For the latest season, challenges are separated …