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Because the outdoors is no place for kids!

Of Course Kids Can’t Play Outside Unsupervised!

. Mom’s too busy to go outside with you, kid? Then clearly the only option is a $159.95 indoor play system. Because you couldn’t possibly go outside UNSUPERVISED and play with FRIENDS, or even even ENTERTAIN YOURSELF, right? Mom must be right there! Always! And so we present: . . As commenter Judy C. wrote […]

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It's like having mommy next to you all night long, and all day long, and all week long...

Again with the Fever Thingy?

. This video for Fever Scout, one of several new temperature trackers, is right: When your kid is sick, you do feel bad. But the idea that “dragging things across their forehead” — i.e., using a non-invasive, swipe the forehead thermometer — is insanely cruel, and that doing this at night can feel like “torture,” […]

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Oh my God, did I just post a photo of my child on Facebook???

Facebook Will…Wait. What?

. The Evening Standard announced that Facebook will “automatically warn parents if they share pictures of their children with the public by accident.” Thank goodness! Imagine if the public saw a photo of my child at the park! All bets are off! Here’s how Jay Parikh, Facebook’s vice president of Engineering, explained the new feature: “If […]

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Do you get the creepy feeling we're being...followed?

Track or Treat! This Halloween, Treat Your Kid Like a Felon!

. Halloween is the ultimate Free-Range holiday — the one day of the year kids are  encouraged to go out in the world, on their own, and make things happen. They: *Dress up like adults (or at least not like the kids they are) *Take to the streets *Interact with strangers. Repeatedly! *Work and get […]

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You're going to walk across campus without a virtual bodyguard? Mwa ha ha ha! GREAT!

An App That Lets Friends “Virtually” Walk You Home

.“ A new app lets folks walking home alert their friends and family until someone among them agrees to “virtually” walk the app-activator home. Somehow this is supposed to make the walker feel safer, because if they drop their phone, or start running from a bee, or veer off course because they smell french fries, […]

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