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In The News 04-10-15

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 by | Filed Under: In The News

School Says It Will Report Parents Whose Kids Play Violent Games

A school district in Cheshire, England is making news after informing parents that they’ll turn them over to both the police and social workers if they find out their kids are playing games that are rated 18 and over.


The school told parents such games can lead to over-sexualized behavior and other issues. This would include popular games such as Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty. Parents were also warned against letting children have access to social media. The school did not mention what steps it would take if children were found to be watching unsuitable movies, listening to explicit music or reading age-inappropriate books.

Amazon Offers Home Services

Amazon is adding home services to the long list of things they sell online. Need a house cleaner? A handy man? A plumber? Well, you can now order them up online.  Put in your ZIP code, add the service to your cart and then schedule a time that works for you.


Amazon will then dispatch the provider to your house.  In addition to  things like wiring and home theater installation, you can also arrange music and exercise lessons, local moving and most intriguingly, a goat grazing service.

I cannot help but imagine the goats being delivered to graze on my lawn by the Amazon drones.

 Police: Man Follows GPS Off Closed Bridge

Police say a Chicago man was injured and his wife killed after he followed GPS instructions off  ramp leading to a long-demolished bridge and their car fell 38 feet and exploded. Even though the long-closed ramp was marked by signs and barriers, the Lake County Sheriff’s  Department says he followed old GPS instructions and ignored the road signs around him.

Officers believe the couple was unfamiliar with the area.

~ Cynthia

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5 Responses to “In The News 04-10-15”

  1. John says:

    Man Follows GPS Off Closed Bridge – Darwinism at work. :-)

  2. Martha Kitzmann says:

    I don’t usually answer questions such as these, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. To put my answers both succinctly and bluntly: Yes, schools are going too far; a shame the parents are not parenting. No, I would NOT willy-nilly invite strangers into my home to do necessary work; rely on word-of-mouth and local companies whose people are close and in line-of-sight. And finally, we do not use GPS; we stick to the old method, namely, M-A-P!!!!!!

  3. Dave says:

    This school has the right idea, but may be prematurely responding too aggressively…..Notifying the parents in the first instance is fine, then notifying Childrens’ Services if this behavior persists might be more appropriate…..the link between overexposure to such violent games and the viewers’ antisocial behavior has already been observed in many publicized cases….I respond from the perspective of a retired public school educator……

  4. Papa Franku says:

    Ok,the school in the article is going way too far and they are crossing a line here. If I was a parent and my kids school called social services on my child for playing a Video Game, I would lose my s*%#. Its a video game, its not real life. All the studies that state exposure to violence in video games is some how connected with violent behavior have been debunked and deemed pseudo science. I played tons of gore filled games in my youth, and iv never even so much as thrown a punch at some one. Its totally insane what there proposing. Why stop there, why not call child services if they spot an item in my child’s lunch bag they don’t like? Or call child services if my child has a strange hair cut? Or call child services if they don’t like the car I pick my kids up in? This is too far, and I hope they aren’t serious.

  5. Ernie White says:

    A lot of parents are not aware of what the kids play & don’t care as long as it keep them happy & out of their hair….

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