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App review: 'Lifeline: Whiteout,' teens will enjoy complex, riveting choose-your-own-adventure game

Parents need to know that Lifeline: Whiteout is the third storyline in the choose-your-own-adventure-style games of Lifeline. The protagonist's life is in peril throughout the story, and he kills another character in some scenarios, though all violence comes in the form of written descriptions. The game ends when the main character dies, but players can try again, choosing different options and testing different outcomes. During the first play-through, interactions come as notifications with long pauses between communications. After the character dies or the player reaches the end, kids can opt for "fast play," which eliminates the lag time. In settings, players can choose English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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How media and tech can help you raise a good human

As parents, we have many hopes for our kids. We want them to grow up to live happy, successful lives. We hope they'll find love, maybe have kids of their own, and pursue their dreams. But at the bottom of all these wishes is the hope that our kid turns into a decent human being - someone who is kind, respectful, and honest.

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TV: 8 Latina TV characters to inspire and entertain your kids

"Diversity" is a lot more than the latest buzzword in Hollywood. When kids see positive portrayals of people who share their background and culture on TV, it can be truly life-changing. It plants the seed of possibility. It bolsters self-esteem. It reinforces cultural touchstones. And it's really as simple as watching great characters with depth, dimension, and authenticity. Fortunately, Latina characters have come a long way from when American actress Natalie Wood played Latina, Maria in "West Side Story." Today's audiences are treated to Latina characters who are actually played by Latina actresses, reinforcing the message that you can be anything you imagine. Here are some of our favorite Latina characters:

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: 'Queen of Katwe,' inspiring true story about Ugandan chess champ will give families tons to talk about

Parents need to know that "Queen of Katwe" is the inspiring true story of a girl from the slums of Uganda who becomes a chess champion. It has strong themes of empathy, humility, integrity, perseverance, and teamwork. But there are also many hard scenes that little kids might not understand - or could be upset by - making it best for tweens and up. A boy who's run over by a motorcycle gets stitches without painkillers, another child is almost swept away in a flash flood, and a teen girl is lured from her family by an untrustworthy man who promises her a better life. The central family is homeless and must sleep on the street, and some scenes include background drinking and smoking. But in the end this is a beautifully told, entertaining drama about a strong, smart, loyal girl that will give families a lot to talk about.

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: 'Queen of Katwe,' inspiring true story about Ugandan chess champ will give families tons to talk about

Parents need to know that "Queen of Katwe" is the inspiring true story of a girl from the slums of Uganda who becomes a chess champion. It has strong themes of empathy, humility, integrity, perseverance, and teamwork. But there are also many hard scenes that little kids might not understand - or could be upset by - making it best for tweens and up. A boy who's run over by a motorcycle gets stitches without painkillers, another child is almost swept away in a flash flood, and a teen girl is lured from her family by an untrustworthy man who promises her a better life. The central family is homeless and must sleep on the street, and some scenes include background drinking and smoking. But in the end this is a beautifully told, entertaining drama about a strong, smart, loyal girl that will give families a lot to talk about.

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Game review: Ghost trains, boss battles add twists to 'PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2'

Parents need to know that "PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2" is a downloadable arcade game. There's no blood, gore, violence or language of any type. A ten level tutorial lays out new features of the game nicely, and the controls are easy to pick up and play. But hitting the highest scores or playing on pro level requires a ton of strategy and will challenge even the most seasoned "Pac-Man" players.

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Parents @ Play: Food and chocolate

We all know how crazy things can get when you're trying to get your kids and yourself out the door in time for school and work. If you're looking for some food ideas to shake things up a little, we've got you covered.

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