8th grader fundraises for school trip with minicomics instead of hustling chocolate bars


Erik writes, "My daughter is raising money to go on her school's 8th grade trip to DC. She tried doing the school-sponsored chocolate thing, butit's lot of work for a little pay-off, so now she's creating minicomics and presidential portraits on Etsy and an Indiegogo campaign...and having way more success."

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Mechwarrior dad/baby costume

Ryan Bowen and his baby son Geraint dressed as a mech warrior for Hallowe'en in an awesome effort that turns the child into a brave mecha-pilot.

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Gender-swapped father-daughter Han-Leia costume


Tom's daughter was bummed that she couldn't be Han Solo for Hallowe'en, so Tom rose to the challenge and offered to accompany her as Princess Leia.

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This Hallowe'en, why not dress your baby as a burning cigarette?

Stay classy, Brands on sale. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

Animation explains the dangers of Computercop, the malware that US police agencies distribute to the public

Dave from EFF writes, "Here's a funny, easy-to-understand animation explaining why ComputerCOP parental monitoring software is actually dangerous to kids. More than 245 local law enforcement agencies have purchased this software in bulk and handed it out to families for free."

Using an imaginary kid named Timmy, who gets "pantsed" by ComputerCOP, the animation by Fusion also ties ComputerCOP to the unnecessary equipment locals cops have obtained, like mine-resistant trucks. Fusion's cartoon is based on an EFF investigation published on Wednesday.

Who needs the NSA? Anyone could spy on your kids thanks to ComputerCop

(Thanks, Dave!)

Hundreds of US police forces have distributed malware as "Internet safety software"

Law enforcement agencies have been buying and distributing Computercop, advising citizens that the software is the "first step" for protecting their kids; one sheriff bought copies for every family in the county.

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Kidscomic Shakespeare: The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth

Adapting Shakespeare for kids is an age-old tradition stretching back almost to the time of Shakespeare itself. But as Cory Doctorow discovered, The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth brings The Scottish Play to life for audiences young and old in kids-comic form with a lot of broad humor and some grisly murder besides.

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Kickstarting A is for Zebra, subversive alphabets by Crap Hound's Sean Tejaratchi


It's a twisted, genius alphabet book in the style of Tejaratchi's (more) wonderful found-art collage zine Crap Hound, and published by the brilliant Portland zine store Reading Frenzy; $20 gets you your own copy.

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Short film: THANKS

Tom Patterson's short film "Thanks" sets a deep hook, then yanks it loose with a sharp tug. Beautiful and moving and only 12:37 (and they made it in less than 24h!). (Thanks, Tom!)

Supporting a son who wants to wear pink shoes


Todd, who made an appearance here last year, pondering how to support his little boy who'd been scared off wearing pink; now he's back with the latest chapter in his son's life.

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MC Frontalot's Question Bedtime: nerdcore fairy tales for kids and parents


If you know anything about nerdcore superstar MC Frontalot, then you know he's not just about ice-cold flow and deep rhymes: he's also funny as hell. Now, with Question Bedtime, Frontalot brings us an album for kids, 40 minutes' of hip-hop fairy tales.

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Taking an active role in our kids' digital lives

Sarah Granger offers some important, clear and commonsense advice for protecting your kids online by teaching them to use the net wisely and welcome all it has to give — not by scaring them into furtive, disastrous Internet experimentation.

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Little girl recites Shakespeare: All the world's a stage

Iain writes, "Over about 18 months, I recorded my daughter reciting a famous monologue by William Shakespeare, one line at a time. If you've got a child (or a whole class of them) why not make your own version? (Inspired by the wonderful 'Oh, The Places You'll Go' video recorded at Burning Man." (Thanks, Iain!)

Spirographic pancakes

Pancake pioneer Saipancakes has combined a spirograph with a pancake-batter dispenser -- the Pangraph -- and it makes gorgeous fairy-pancakes with many nested symmetries.