Naming baby in the age of Google

Carolyn Moynihan | 28 November 2011
Besides the quest for novelty (which can go to truly bizarre lengths) there is now a new set of considerations in choosing a name for baby.

UK children now safer online?

Carolyn Moynihan | 12 October 2011
There is more action on the sexualization of children front in the UK this week. But the latest move -- involving the four leading internet service providers and porn filters -- may not be as radical as it first seemed.

Pathological play - not just a Japanese disease

Carolyn Moynihan | 23 September 2011
For an older generation of Japanese the defining occupational hazard was karoshi -- the salaryman’s death from overwork. For the post-1970 generation, however, it’s hikikomori -- severe social withdrawal, often linked with internet addiction and video games and marked by a strong aversion to work.

Cable TV losing porn profits

Carolyn Moynihan | 09 August 2011
A good news, or slightly better news, headline in the Wall Street Journal -- “TV Porn Doesn’t Sell Like It Used To” -- turns out to have a sting in the tail.

The people’s choice?

Mariette Ulrich | 22 November 2010
A Minneapolis couple are supposedly deciding whether to give birth or abort their unborn child on the basis of an online poll. This is the sort of story you wish would turn out to be a sick and tasteless hoax.

Does Big Media really care about child abuse?

Carolyn Moynihan | 30 March 2010
One would think, given the current red alert about clerical child abusers, that the safety and innocence of children was pretty well number one priority with the media. But is it?

Families gather around TV to do their own thing

Carolyn Moynihan | 06 August 2009
Electronic media, once a force for togetherness as whole families gathered around the radio or television, are now pulling families apart, according to a report from the UK’s communication’s regulator, Ofcom.

Young people quiz their peers on YouTube use and abuse

Carolyn Moynihan | 26 June 2009
A survey of teenage use of the popular video-sharing website YouTube confirms that it is very easy for minors to give their age as 18 or over when creating an account on the site, and therefore to access objectionable material. Parents need to advise their children against looking for R18 videos and YouTube needs to make its safety features more prominent, a new report suggests.

Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@

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