Top 5 links for parents 4/17-4/24

This conversation between Darin Ross and his daughter is the sweetest thing we’ve read this week. (And as a bonus, we stumbled upon it when revisiting his amazingly epic burrito rant. BTW, it’s even better than we remembered.)

In an interview with Good, art director of the New Yorker, Francoise Mouley talks comics and their effect on young readers.  “As a mother, seeing my kids grow up and the impact that reading comics had on them, it became clear that far from being what was hailed as a medium that would turn them into juvenile delinquents, and would prevent them from being literate, it’s a gateway to literature, as Art says, a gateway drug to reading.”

Credit Melissa King via Shutterstock
Credit Melissa King via Shutterstock

In what is becoming the parenting debate of our generation, how much supervision is too little supervision? Should a parent be arrested for leaving their sleeping toddler in the car? Parents who have lived that nightmare share their stories in this thought provoking piece from Salon.

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THE OREGON TRAIL GENERATION: LIFE BEFORE AND AFTER MAINSTREAM TECH: “If you can distinctly recall the excitement of walking into your weekly computer lab session and seeing a room full of Apple 2Es displaying the start screen of Oregon Trail, you’re a member of this nameless generation, my friend.”

WHY USING FACEBOOK, GOOGLE, AND TWITTER TO LOG INTO APPS IS A PROBLEM: “The Big Three gatekeepers have an enormous amount of data about us. They’re like Santa Claus: They know when we’ve been sleeping; they know when we’re awake; and they know when a new dating app gets hot because every new entrant is built on Facebook login and access to the friend list.”