FTC investigates Apple's in-app purchases

The Federal Trade Commission has confirmed that it's looking into Apple's controversial app marketing policies - but not because of their effect on content providers.

Three types of online groomer, study finds

There are at least three different types of online sexual predator, a European study of convicted online groomers has found.

Parental controls work poorly with Web 2.0 sites

A European Commission study has found that parental control programs function poorly when filtering Web 2.0 content such as social networking sites or blogs.

Gaming brings families together, survey shows

Computer games - often cited as destroyers of family life - are in fact encouraging more 'we-time', a new survey shows.

3DS could damage children's eyes, warns Nintendo

Nintendo is warning that children under six years old shouldn't use its upcoming 3DS in 3D mode.

Mobile phones could lead to bad behavior in kids

Pregnant women who regularly use mobile phones may be more likely to have kids with behavioral problems, especially if those children start using a phone early themselves, new research shows.

Almost all US kids have photos online before their second birthday

There's no privacy nowadays for even the tiniest members of society, with a survey revealing that eight out of ten children have some sort of online presence before they reach two years old.

Mother half-starves children to play Small World

A British woman has been given a suspended sentence and banned from using a computer after failing to cook for her children for six months and allowing her dogs to starve to death. The 33-year-old widow has been playing Small World, in which dwarves and giants battle to dominate a too-small area - for up to 22 hours a day, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Living near a cellphone mast doesn't give babies cancer

Pregnant women who live near a cell phone mast are no more likely to have a baby that later develops cancer, says a study in the British Medical Journal.

Claim: Online gaming puts children at risk

A recent TV report from Denver, Colorado station KDVR has gamers on the virtual rampage, as its hysterical sensationalism blocks out all common sense in a report which appears to deliver the message that gaming will lead to child molestation and death.