Archive for the ‘Parenting’ Category
A six-year-old boy from Virginia, US, drove his parents Ford Taurus for 10km in major traffic in an attempt to get to school on time. He told police he’d learned to drive by playing video games.
The boy took the keys to the car after missing the school bus. The incident happened at 0740 on Monday, while the boy’s mother was still asleep.
He [was] weaving through traffic and overtaking slower cars, before losing control and going off the road.
His road trip came to an end only after he ran off the road several times before hitting an embankment and utility pole. He was not, police said, wearing a seat belt.
He was treated for minor injuries at a hospital before police took him to school.
The parents have been charged with neglect and child endangerment. The boy and his four-year-old brother are now in protective custody.
Don’t say video games never taught anyone anything…
More at BBC News.
Ford—the guys who make cars, not the guys who travel into space with towels—are introducing a brilliant new technology that makes me feel a lot better about handing the keys to the car over to a teenage driver. The technology, called MyKey, will debut in 2009 in new coupe models, enables the non-teenage owners of the car to program settings into the key that encourages safe driving and limits potentially harmful teen-driving behavior.
According to the article:
“Ford not only offers industry-leading crash protection and crash
avoidance systems, we also are committed to developing new technologies
such as MyKey that encourage safer driving behavior,” said Susan
Cischke, Ford group vice president of Sustainability, Environment and
Safety Engineering. “MyKey can help promote safer driving, particularly
among teens, by encouraging seat belt use, limiting speed and reducing
So how does the MyKey do all this? The new technology will enforce limitations such as: a seat belt reminder with audio muting on the radio until the belt is buckled, earlier low fuel warnings, driving and parking assistance, a top speed limitation of around 120kph (80mph), traction limiting to reduce tyre spin, and a limit of the audio volume to 44% of full volume.
Brilliant! I’m changing car brands as soon as my kid is old enough to drive!
Stumbled across this BBC article just now – a seven year old boy went on a rampage at an Australian zoo yesterday, killing 13 rare and mature reptiles in 30 minutes. He snuck into the in the early hours of the morning, and proceeded to bash the animals to death with rocks and hurl them into the crocodile penn. Children under the age of 10 cannot be held accountable for their actions in Australia’s Northern Territory so the zoo is considering suing the boys parents.
BBC news article: Woman hid dead baby in car boot.
A woman hid the body of her new born baby boy in her boot. But the story doesn’t end there:
… she kept the pregnancy from her partner of 11 years, convincing everyone she was putting on weight due to an allergy.
… she had in fact been leading a “double life” and had been having an affair with a work colleague, who she said was the baby’s father.
… she had told a number of lies to work colleagues including saying she had cancer and … her mother had suffered a stroke.
Then Christmas happened:
But Jones spent Christmas … with her own mother and saw a show on 27 December. On the same day, she sent Mr Bezerra (the assumed father) a text saying her mother had died and she was in a hospice in Pontypool.
And, guess what …
… some time in the morning of 28 December, Jones gave birth to a 7.5 lb (3.4 kg) baby boy in the ground floor toilet of Mr Stoneman’s (the partner) parents’ house. … Jones wrapped the baby’s body in paper towels and a black bag and put it in the boot of her car.
BTW – no-one knows how the baby died, or if it was a stillbirth.
So, how did they find out the truth?
She missed her delivery date at the hospital. And she sent this text to the father:
Our baby son has died, he did not survive the cancer.
The father eventually went to the police on the 5th Jan.
The baby has been in the boot since 28 Dec.
I am speechless …
Cracked.com has a post listing 20 publicly available products that would do wonders to traumatize your kids. It seems to me that most of the products listed are more for the amusement of the adults than the kids. But I think of posting pics in a newspaper upon your snowflake’s 21st birthday of them in a burger costume as a child. Entertaining, at the very least. Some products, like the manual snot sucker…well, no comment. Really.