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October 27, 2009 | Matea Gold
More than an entire day -- that's how long children sit in front of the television in an average week, according to new findings released Monday by Nielsen. The amount of television usage by children reached an eight-year high, with kids ages 2 to 5 watching the screen for more than 32 hours a week on average and those ages 6 to 11 watching more than 28 hours. The analysis, based on the fourth quarter of 2008, measured children's consumption of live and recorded TV, as well as VCR and game console usage.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
The storm rages over Scientology and Tom Cruise, as a Vanity Fair article makes further allegations that the religion and its star frontman alienated Cruise's kids from their adoptive mother, Nicole Kidman. A much-discussed October cover story from the magazine claims that in the wake of Cruise and Kidman's 2001 split, the church held auditions seeking a replacement bride for the "Top Gun" actor, and further more marked his ex Kidman as a detractor. A "suppressive person," as the organization calls it, is an "antisocial" personality with a goal to block the mission of Scientology.
NEWS
December 24, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, For the Los Angeles Times
Here's a holiday classic likely going on in your house right now: Johnny is misbehaving, Mommy is having none of it, Mommy tells Johnny that she's going to tell Santa on him right now . Jen Weigel of the Chicago Tribune writes in this story how it recently played out for her: "Getting my son to be motivated for school in the morning is always a challenge. (He's only 4, so I cringe at my future.) But the other morning, he gave me so much trouble that I did what any mother would do when pressed for time and patience: I played the Santa card.
TRAVEL
May 20, 2007 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Amsterdam When considering Amsterdam, its famous red-light district and the coffee shops where cannabis is smoked, you may assume it's less than an ideal city to visit with young children. But you would be wrong. On a visit here last summer with Danny, 8, and Fiona, 6, we had a few, um, educational moments. Fiona wanted to know why all the women in the windows looked "like they were getting ready for a party. " (I guess because they were wearing lipstick and underwear and that's all.)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2001
Re "60 Pills Divided by 6 Youths Equals a Trip to the Hospital," April 22. People say that kids do that sort of thing because they don't know the side effects, but to tell you the truth, it's because they just want to take them and see what happens. It's curiosity not stupidity that drives kids to take drugs in the first place. . . . Medication of that sort should not be sold to minors for their own safety. Kids like these make other kids look stupid and inexperienced. These kind of actions are what scares parents into not letting the responsible kids have fun. HANNAH YANKELEVICH Granada Hills
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 1995
In a recent film review, Kenneth Turan expresses his regrets for not being able to save us from "Kids," the film (" 'Kids': Grossing Out the Old Squares," Calendar, July 28). Turan wants to save us not only from seeing our own tragic social realities, but also from facing the complexities of our own individual existence, which he does not seem to be able to understand any better than the kids he likes to reject. The purity of kids like those in "Kids" is to be seen only by those who actually still have it deep in their own hearts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2011 | Sandy Banks
As if parents don't have enough to worry about, with cyber-bullying and online perverts, now the nation's pediatricians are adding "Facebook depression" to the list of maladies stalking our kids. According to a report released this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics, doctors may add a new trio of cringe-inducing questions to their screening checklist for teenage patients: "Are you on Facebook? How many friends do you have? And how does that make you feel?" Apparently, kids with poor self-esteem can be pitched into depression by the perception that everyone on Facebook is having more fun that they are. They become obsessed with others' status updates and friend tallies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1996
Re "Woodworkers Donate 100 Handmade Toys," Dec. 10. Just wanted to say thanks for the story on the Winnetka woodworkers and their cool bulldozers. They didn't just make Christmas brighter for kids, they made it brighter for me! It's cheery just to think about those well-made little trucks and the kids who will invent games with them for years to come. CYNTHIA WISEHART Burbank
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1997
The irony is stunning. Taxpayers just put $373 million into building a new jailhouse, the Twin Towers, while at Charles Maclay Middle School in Pacoima, "you could have seen it raining inside the classroom," according to Assistant Principal Dan Rodriguez (Jan. 25). Why do we wait until kids become inmates to invest in them? AMY ALKON Venice
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