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Simple rules for kids taking cellphones to school

Whether your kid is heading to school toting a brand-new device or is already a cellphone pro, you want everyone on the same page about the dos and don'ts. You can keep an eye on kids at home (kind of), but at school, they're on their own. As with any kind of boundary setting, these conversations can be tense. Fortunately, there are only five rules for them to remember - and one for you, to show that you're all in this together.

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Family Meals Matter: Kids can cook

If your kids spent this summer learning how to cook, now is the time to really reap the benefits. Having kids pitch in to prepare family meals during the busy back-to-school season not only saves parents time, but it also reinforces math and language arts concepts learned at school.

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A trip to Harry Potter World brings the magic to life

For the average kid, Universal Studios' The Wizarding World of Harry Potter looks like any other expertly designed part of the theme park. But for true fans of the Harry Potter books - including the play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two" - the snowcapped roofs of Hogsmeade will trigger some major literary excitement. And a visit to the park - either the larger one in Orlando, Fla. or the smaller one in Hollywood, Calif. - can be an awesome way to encourage a kid to read the books or reward the ones who have.

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Game review: 'Batman: The Telltale Series,' build your own Batman in dark, gritty adventure

Parents need to know that "Batman � The Telltale Series" is a downloadable, episodic adventure game featuring the popular DC Comics superhero in the early days of his career. The game uses a point-and-click style combined with the occasional quick-time event to advance the plot. Players will make choices at key moments, which play out over the course of the entire series. This is a darker story for the Batman franchise and a far cry from the all-ages Caped Crusader that occasionally shows up in cartoons and comic books. Violence in the game is graphic, with plenty of blood and brutal imagery. The game also makes some use of profanity and sexuality, as well as references to drinking and drug use, to ground the story into the grittier side of Gotham City.

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App review: Prisma, super popular photo editor makes creating and sharing art a snap for teens

Parents need to know that Prisma - Art Photo Editor with Free Picture Effects & Cool Image Filters for Instagram Pics and Selfies is a photo-embellishment tool that puts an artistic filter on pictures. From there, teens can share their art via Facebook or Instagram, save it to the camera roll, or share via messaging or other connected social media apps. Terms of use specify it for users ages 13 and up. Teens can just see and save pictures without sharing them, but they should pay attention to privacy details for the apps they share from as well as read the privacy policy for this app. Note that the policy states user content can be shared with affiliates.

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Yes, you can avoid back-to-school marketing madness

It's no wonder that stores are marketing big-ticket items such as electronics and pushing costly new school supplies as must-haves for school. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), today's high school students have more influence over their parents' back-to-school buying decisions than ever before.

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Why device-free dinners are a healthy choice for families

It may seem obvious that eating dinner with your family is a good thing. Research provides plenty of support for the importance of family dinner for kids: Learning vocabulary, fewer behavior problems, less substance abuse, and healthier eating are some of the positive outcomes.

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Parents @ Play: The last gasp of summer

But summer definitely isn't over yet, which means that if they hunker down and finish up their homework, there are still plenty of well-lit hours in the day to play outside before bedtime. Here are some of our late-summer outdoor favorites.

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Famous quadruplets turn 16

Sisters Anna, Emily, Grace and Mary Claire Mathias are similar in that they’re all sassy, giggly and sharp, which is in contrast to how they initially gained notoriety. The Lexington girls make up a set of identical quadruplets, one of only about 70 sets in the world and even rarer in the fact that they were conceived naturally. The rising high school juniors turned 16 in February and have the wonders and woes of their late teen years to look forward to, from driving to figuring out career pathways and college.
Matt Walsh mwalsh@thestate.com
Famous quadruplets turn 16 0:57

Famous quadruplets turn 16

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RB Wayne Gallman says Clemson embraces role of being a target

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Clemson's Deshaun Watson: 'No pressure for me, this team'

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How Rico McWilliams' departure affects South Carolina's secondary