Posts tagged ‘children’

November 21, 2009

Awesome children’s music

I’m a big fan of some children’s music that has emerged over the past few years. You have Yo Gabba Gabba, which was created by the singer of the Aquabats and features some awesome indie artists singing songs to help educate children and stimulate their imagination. There’s Milkshake, who paid their dues in other bands in the Baltimore music scene before forming this band. And They Might Be Giants, who have been around since the 1980s, but did not start out as a children’s band.

I purchased the Powerpuff Girls soundtrack that came out roughly ten years ago and I still listen to it sometimes. It’s not really educational, but it’s still good for children on a creative and imaginative level.

I like the way these recent songs have been written and performed. They don’t insult a child’s intelligence. Many adults enjoy these songs as well. The music is well-done. It’s catchy enough for kids to like, but it’s not dumbed down.

I could not find any music videos online for Milkshake, but here is their website:

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July 16, 2007

Dungeons and Dragon Players Neglect Their Children


Nev. couple blame Internet for neglect
Mon Jul 16, 8:09 AM ET
A couple who authorities say were so obsessed with the Internet and video games that they left their babies starving and suffering other health problems have pleaded guilty to child neglect.

The children of Michael and Iana Straw, a boy age 22 months and a girl age 11 months, were severely malnourished and near death last month when doctors saw them after social workers took them to a hospital, authorities said. Both children are doing well and gaining weight in foster care, prosecutor Kelli Ann Viloria told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Michael Straw, 25, and Iana Straw, 23, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts each of child neglect. Each faces a maximum 12-year prison sentence.

Viloria said the Reno couple were too distracted by online video games, mainly the fantasy role-playing “Dungeons & Dragons” series, to give their children proper care.

“They had food; they just chose not to give it to their kids because they were too busy playing video games,” Viloria told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Police said hospital staff had to shave the head of the girl because her hair was matted with cat urine. The 10-pound girl also had a mouth infection, dry skin and severe dehydration.

Her brother had to be treated for starvation and a genital infection. His lack of muscle development caused him difficulty in walking, investigators said.

The Straws have been given public defenders. Jeremy Bosler, head of the county public defender’s office, declined to comment to The Associated Press on Saturday.

Michael Straw is an unemployed cashier, and his wife worked for a temporary staffing agency doing warehouse work, according to court records. He received a $50,000 inheritance that he spent on computer equipment and a large plasma television, authorities said.

While child abuse because of drug addiction is common, abuse rooted in video game addiction is rare, Viloria said.

Last month, experts at an American Medical Association meeting backed away from a proposal to designate video game addiction as a mental disorder, saying it had to be studied further. Some said the issue is like alcoholism, while others said there was no concrete evidence it’s a psychological disease.

Patrick Killen, spokesman for Nevada Child Abuse Prevention, said video game addiction’s correlation to child abuse is “a new spin on an old problem.”

“As we become more technologically advanced, there’s more distractions,” Killen said. “It’s easy for someone to get addicted to something and neglect their children. Whether it’s video games or meth, it’s a serious issue, and (we) need to become more aware of it.”

My thoughts: It’s not the internet’s fault they were bad parents. It’s their own fault. Even if they are truly addicted to it, it didn’t make them do it. Many things have the potential to become addictive. Someone who was obsessed with playing baseball could blame the sport for why they were a bad parent and it would sound ridiculous as well. If this article is accurate, then these parents are horrible. No one is perfect, but to let your own children almost die is wrong.

May 27, 2007

Lullaby versions of rock songs

This may sound weird, but there are these Rockabye Baby!  CDs I discovered by accident on iTunes that are really good! They do lullaby versions of Radiohead, Coldplay, Smashing Pumpkins,  Nine Inch Nails,  Bjork, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, and more… and then traditional rock bands like the Beatles, U2, The Rolling Stones, etc. I haven’t heard all of it yet, but what I’ve heard so far is good. They seem to choose songs that really work. I am thinking about just buying some of these for myself to help me fall asleep at night. I like how the artwork looks like kid versions of the bands’ original artwork.

You can hear 30 second previews by going to iTunes. Type in “Rockabye Baby!” as the artist.