Catherine Zeta-Jones has revealed that her kids have expressed a deep interest in kickstarting their own acting careers. The Mask of Zorro star, 51, shares son Dylan, 20, and 17-year-old daughter Carys with husband Michael Douglas , 76, and it's safe to say the aspiring actors couldn't have better mentors guiding them onto the silver screen. Appearing on TODAY via video chat, Catherine admitted: "The journey I've had as an actor has been extraordinary, so I can only encourage them to do what they love. "They're both extremely bright and they're both studying history and politics. And they get all their brains from me," she joked. But despite her encouragement for Dylan and Carys to follow in their famous parents' footsteps, Catherine revealed Michael was first to suggest other career paths to them. Recalling Michael highlight the pressures of stardom to them, Catherine said: "But that said, Michael and I would be the first parents to say, 'You know, maybe you … [Read more...] about Catherine Zeta-Jones says ‘it’s in the cards’ for her lookalike kids to become actors
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Microsoft is launching a new Kids Mode for its Edge browser today. It’s built directly into Microsoft Edge on Windows and macOS as a free option that’s simple to enable and doesn’t require much work for parents to manage. The mode can be enabled by selecting it from the Edge profile option, and it will lock kids into the Edge browser with access only to approved sites. “It’s a free, protected online environment for kids 12 and under that gives parents peace of mind when their kids browse the web on a shared device,” explains Divya Kumar, product director of Microsoft Edge, in an interview with The Verge . Microsoft really designed this Kids Mode around the scenario where parents might hand a laptop over to a child to let them browse the web. Once you trigger Kids Mode, there’s an option to select between five to eight years or nine to 12 years. Both age ranges include the highest level of tracking prevention in Edge and strict Bing SafeSearch to filter out adult text, images, and … [Read more...] about Microsoft Edge’s new Kids Mode is ideal for shared family PCs
Microsoft has released a new Kids Mode for its popular Edge browser that allows children to discover the web in a fun way while limiting their access to only approved sites. Aimed at pre-teens, Kids Mode can be accessed via the profile button in the toolbar, although it doesn't require a child account or a profile to use. It offers options for age ranges 5-8 and 9-12 years old. Both ranges provide the highest level of tracking protection and use Bing's SafeSearch to filter out adult content from searches, but the 9-12 range adds a news feed to the tab with curated articles from MSN for Kids that includes subjects like science, fun facts, and animals. Microsoft includes 70 popular kids' sites in its built-in whitelist, and parents and guardians can add more sites if they choose. If a kid tries to navigate to a site outside of that allowed list, they’ll be greeted with a friendly block page, encouraging them to either ask for permission or try navigating elsewhere. Kids … [Read more...] about Microsoft Edge Gains New ‘Kids Mode’ for Safer Web Browsing
Facebook is facing calls from an international coalition of children's health advocates to abandon its plans to build a version of Instagram for kids, reports The Guardian . The campaign follows news that broke in March which revealed that Facebook is developing a version of Instagram that's specifically aimed at children under 13. Instagram's current policy prohibits kids under 13 from using the platform. In an open letter organized by the youth advocacy non-profit the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, dozens of groups, individual advocates, and researchers call on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to ditch the plan, arguing that it would put young people at risk and do more harm than good. A growing body of research demonstrates that excessive use of digital devices and social media is harmful to adolescents. Instagram, in particular, exploits young people's fear of missing out and desire for peer approval to encourage children and teens to constantly check … [Read more...] about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Urged to Scrap Instagram for Kids Plan
Once upon a time I’d have thought that a heartbeat that remains steady and unvarying is a sign of strength. But to my surprise, cardiac consistency is the hobgoblin of weaker minds and bodies. “The stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind,” the martial artist Bruce Lee said. So it is with the heart, which you want to bend to the ever-changing circumstances of the nervous system rather than pump on robotically, oblivious of the state of body and mind. You want a heartbeat to be variable. Heart rate variability (HRV) is a measure of irregularity in the intervals between beats. If you’re curious about how resilient you and your kid are, at least physiologically (which in the end can’t be separated from "cognitively"), you could do worse than to strap on a cheap, noninvasive heart monitor and download an app to measure your HRV. The subtle speed-up-slow-down between successive beats reveals more about resilience than … [Read more...] about Can You Quantify Kids’ Resilience?