iPhone's Baby Shaker Game: What's Your Opinion?

Suzanne Murray

Apple Inc. apologized yesterday for its iPhone game "Baby Shaker." The app showed a picture of a baby on the screen and played a recording of a baby crying. The user had to shake her iPhone until red X's appeared in the baby's eyes and it stopped crying. Here's a video of how the 99 cent game worked:

The app went on sale on Monday and the  iTunes description included the line, "See how long you can endure his or her adorable cries before you just have to find a way to quiet the baby down!" A disclaimer read, "Never, never shake a baby."

Organizations like the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome and the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation condemned Apple for approving the game's sale, and Apple pulled the Baby Shaker game from its iTunes store on Wednesday.

Yesterday, Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris apologized for approving the sale of the game, saying it was "deeply offensive" and said it should not have been approved for sale. "We sincerely apologize for this mistake," she said.

Moms everywhere on CafeMom are talking about the Baby Shaker game.

What do you think about the Baby Shaker game? Was it harmless or horrifying? Do you agree with Apple's decision to pull it from the iTunes store?


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