For parents who are reticent to let their kids drive their cars, Ford has come up with MyKey. Available on the 2010 Focus Coupe to start, the option can limit the vehicle’s top speed to 80 mph, limit the stereo volume to only 44% max, and issue an annoying chime if the seat belts aren’t connected or if the car reaches 45, 55, or 65 mph. The system uses Ford’s SecuriLock anti-theft system that identifies which key is in the ignition.
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There really aren’t too many video games out there that are G-rated enough for parents. But the Tuttles Madcap Misadventures fills that bill and comes with a benefit. Purchase the $20.00 game and 50% of the proceeds go to the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation that assists critically ill children as well as their families. Download it and they will get 75%. The Tuttles are available for both PC and Mac.
The game is a sort of 40-level National Lampoon Vacation with three difficulty levels that finds the family on their way to the Alamo. Voices are provided by celebs such as Bob Saget, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ashley Tisdale, and William Shatner. The Commonsense Media game’s script was written by former SCTV alum Dave Thomas and his Animax Entertainment team.
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Studies show that more kids are becoming obese these days due to more emphasis on video games, TVs, and computers, rather than actually exercising. Big Macs only add to the problem. Leonard Epstein of the State University of New York and team came up with a monitoring device that cuts time in half, resulting in overweight kids being forced to do something else that would burn those calories. After 2 years, the study found that kids who were restricted by 17.5 hours a week ended up with lower BMIs. We think this would be a good idea for some of the adults we know.
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Last February we told you about iHearSafe Headphones, which protects the hearing of children (or, really, anyone) by limiting audio decibels to 80 or below, regardless of how high the volume is cranked on the device. The headphones are available for $20 USD. By chance we literally ran into iHearSafe inventor and mom, Christine Ingemi, at this year’s CES, getting the word out about her earbuds. Check the video for the full scoop.