Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Several of the watches had even more severe vulnerabilities, allowing hackers to send voice and text messages to children that appear to come from their parents, to intercept communications between parents and children, and even to record audio from a child's surroundings and eavesdrop on them.

Congress Needs to Make Silicon Valley EARN IT

Congress Needs to Make Silicon Valley EARN IT

In its original form, this act would have established a commission tasked with outlining best practices for responding to the global pandemic of the online sexual exploitation of children.

Should I Send My Kid Back to Day Care?

Should I Send My Kid Back to Day Care?

In many ways, MIS-C is similar to other known conditions like Kawasaki’s and toxic shock, as Hayes Bakken, a pediatrician and the lead on outpatient pediatric Covid-19 response at Oregon Health and Sciences University’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, pointed out to me.

Fantastical Plans Are on Hold, and More Car News This Week

Fantastical Plans Are on Hold, and More Car News This Week

It turns out OK !WIRED contributor Eric Adams checks in on some of the 250 or so companies working to build flying cars and sees dark days ahead .Au revoir to Alphabet company Sidewalk Labs’ ambitious plans to develop a small slice of Toronto in its tech-y image, which were canceled this week .As US cities begin to consider reopening, some restaurants wonder : Would it be safer for people to eat out in the street.

Whales Help Explain the Evolutionary Mystery of Menopause

Whales Help Explain the Evolutionary Mystery of Menopause

A paper in PNAS reports evidence that supports this explanation, showing that killer whale grandmas who have stopped reproducing do a better job of helping their grandchildren to survive than grandmothers who are still having babies of their own.

Anti-Vape Laws Could Do More Harm Than Good

Anti-Vape Laws Could Do More Harm Than Good

Author Amy Fairchild, dean of Ohio State University’s College of Public Health, and coauthors argue that policymakers, in their rush to address the surge in lung illnesses and teen vaping, may be depriving millions of adult smokers of a safer alternative to combustible cigarettes.

Top 3 Computers for Introducing Your Kids to Comp Sci

Top 3 Computers for Introducing Your Kids to Comp Sci

The 14-inch laptop is powerful enough for academic tasks, but there's more: Under the guidance of playful characters and cheery challenges, kids can click a Flip-to-Hack button and directly manipulate the source code behind all their favorite apps and games.

How to Share Books and Movies Through Amazon Household

How to Share Books and Movies Through Amazon Household

Amazon’s first step in its plan for world domination seems to be making sure that every single person alive is a shopper with an Amazon Prime account. Sign someone else up and they can share access to Amazon's media services, as well as free Prime delivery.

What Happens When Reproductive Tech Like IVF Goes Awry?

What Happens When Reproductive Tech Like IVF Goes Awry?

DNA testing confirmed that Baby A and Baby B (as court documents called them) weren’t genetically related to either of the birth parents, or to each other—they were related to two other couples who had been seeking fertility treatments at the same clinic.

Social Media Could Make It Impossible to Grow Up

Social Media Could Make It Impossible to Grow Up

Jenkins argued that the real problem was not the new media, but rather the myth of childhood innocence itself: The myth of “childhood innocence” “empties” children of any thoughts of their own, stripping them of their own political agency and social agendas so that they may become vehicles for adult needs, desires, and politics .

How to Protect Our Kids' Data and Privacy

How to Protect Our Kids' Data and Privacy

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) requires operators of websites and online services to obtain parents' explicit consent before collecting the personal information of children under 13.

Fear, Misinformation, and Measles Spread in Brooklyn

Fear, Misinformation, and Measles Spread in Brooklyn

“If your child just got a vaccine and now he doesn’t speak anymore, your doctor’s not going to answer that.” Since some Hasidic sects frown on internet use, ultra-­Orthodox women often receive community news, inspirational talks, and other information by way of the phone.

How Facial Recognition Is Fighting Child Sex Trafficking

How Facial Recognition Is Fighting Child Sex Trafficking

Tom Simonite covers artificial intelligence for WIRED.Using Amazon’s facial recognition technology, Spotlight quickly returned a list of online sex ads featuring the girl’s photo. Thorn has previously built language processing tools to help law enforcement officers find child abuse content on the dark web.

How DNA Testing at the US-Mexico Border Will Actually Work

How DNA Testing at the US-Mexico Border Will Actually Work

Megan Molteni covers biotechnology, medicine, and genetic privacy for WIRED.DHS officials say the pilot is just a small-scale evaluation to see if the technology can help root out cases of criminal fraud, including human trafficking and “child recycling.” Last month, former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a congressional committee that the agency had discovered multiple incidences of young people being passed around, or “recycled,” to help migrants gain illegal entry.

The Evolution of Stereotypical Color-Coded Childhoods

The Evolution of Stereotypical Color-Coded Childhoods

Project I of the series, shot in 2005 as part of Yoon's MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, featured young girls with their pink belongings and boys with the blue.

How to Keep Parents From Fleeing STEM Careers

How to Keep Parents From Fleeing STEM Careers

“For professionals like these it typically costs the company between 1 to 1.5 times their annual salary to be able to replace that person and train a new person.” At that point, she argues it is far more cost-effective for companies to pay for policies that would support these families, things like paid family leave, flexible work hours, and subsidized child care.

How to Not Fall for Viral Scares

How to Not Fall for Viral Scares

The Momo challenge, according to breathless news reports and posts from worried parents and law enforcement , is a game circulating on social media that encourages kids to engage in increasingly harmful behavior until, eventually, they’re supposed to commit suicide and upload the video to the internet.

Marlon James' 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf' Topples Fantasy Tropes

Marlon James' 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf' Topples Fantasy Tropes

By now, the person I created in New York was the only one I wanted to be." It is the naked totality, the intense desire for personal truth, that makes Black Leopard, Red Wolf such a worthy read.

5 Tips and Tricks for the Amazon Kids Tablet and Echo Dot

5 Tips and Tricks for the Amazon Kids Tablet and Echo Dot

Call Santa on the Echo Dot!I found that the Echo Dot for Kids was less useful than the Fire tablet for a closely supervised 3-year-old, but one of Amazon's latest features may make me reconsider.

The Collector Who Finds Startling Objects in Plain Sight

The Collector Who Finds Startling Objects in Plain Sight

I didn’t know English, but a linguist is not afraid to pick up another language.After a while, I said, “This is what I want to do.” I resigned from my job and went to Princeton to get a Ph.D.It’s an unusual path into mathematics.I don’t think I’ve had an unusual life, but it would be regarded as unusual if you take the standard sort of life people are supposed to have in a certain type of society and try to fit me in it.

If You Hate Traffic, Curb Your Love for Online Shopping

If You Hate Traffic, Curb Your Love for Online Shopping

The efficiency of the delivery depends on a whole host of factors, like the density of where you live, whether trucks stopping in your neighborhood have places to pull over out of traffic, and how many people near you are also ordering products.

Australian Magpies Are the Real Angry Birds

Australian Magpies Are the Real Angry Birds

But nowhere is the “swooping season” as scary as in Australia, where cyclists and pedestrians alike live in sheer terror of one very angry bird: the Australian magpie.