Claim: Children learn aggressive ways of thinking and behaving from violent video games

Children who repeatedly play violent video games are learning thought patterns that will stick with them and influence behaviors as they grow older, according to a new study by Iowa State University researchers. The effect is the same regardless of age, gender or culture. Douglas Gentile, an associate professor of psychology and lead author of the study published in JAMA Pediatrics, says it is really no different than learning math or to play the piano.

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Shooting themselves in the foot?

In what would be a masterly stroke of self-parody, if it weren't all too true, the National Rifle Association has launched a shoot-em-up game aimed at children as young as four, exactly one month after the Newtown school massacre.

Polaroid launches 7-in Android tablet for kids

As part of its effort to rebrand and rebuild, Polaroid has launched an Android tablet aimed specifically at children.

FTC tightens up child privacy rules

Apps and websites will have to jump through more hoops before gathering personal information on children, thanks to a set of amendments to the creaking Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Amazon launches all-you-can-eat kids' service

Amazon's launched a new subscription service for children, offering an all-you-can-eat menu of books, games, apps, movies and TV programming.

Home security camera feeds posted to web

Images of children in their bedrooms have been freely available on the web, following a security breach by webcam company Trendnet.

Parents stumped by children's science questions

More than half of parents are filled with fear when asked scientific questions by their kids, a British survey has found.

Spammers target childrens' games

With adults wising up to the dangers of clicking unknown links, spammers are increasingly targeting children.

Kids safer from online sexual predators

Fewer children are being exposed to unwanted sexual approaches and porn online - probably thanks to publicity and improvements in social networks' privacy policies, a new report finds.

Kids who play video games are more creative

Both boys and girls who play video games tend to be more creative - even if the games they're playing are violent.

Children absorb more cellphone radiation

A new study from the Environmental Health Trust has found that  children absorb twice as much microwave radiation from phones as do adults.

FTC wants stricter rules on children's privacy online

The Federal Trade Commission is proposing changes to online privacy rules designed to give parents control over the information gathered by websites on their children.

App maker hit with fine for collecting kids' data

Kids' app maker W3 Innovations has paid the Federal Trade Commission $50,000 to settle charges that it collected personal information about children without their parents' consent.

Defcon trains child hackers

At the ripe old age of 19, Ryan Clearly, arrested in the UK last week over a series of high-profile hacks associated with LulzSec, is positively long in the tooth.

Study: Violence doesn't add to children's enjoyment of TV shows, movies

There is has always been a concern about what will happen to children who are exposed to media violence.

Computer use 'damages children's reading skills'

Reading ability in the US has fallen sharply in the last decade as computer use has increased.

Conference hears 'overpowering' evidence on cellphone dangers

Cellphones disrupt DNA, impair brain function and lower sperm count, say scientists from Turkey, Russia and Israel, who present their results at a conference today in Turkey.

Bill would let parents control kids' Facebook pages

A new bill under consideration in California would force Facebook and other social networking sites to remove personal information on childrens' accounts at their parents' request.

Apple alters in-app purchasing policy to protect parents' wallets

After a number of high-profile cases in which children have run up massive bills through in-app purchases, Apple is reportedly tweaking its purchasing policy to help parents stay in control.