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    If you've ever been the victim of a Peeping Tom, you know how violated and beyond disgusting it can make you feel. Now, imagine you're minding your own business, trying on bras in a dressing room, and you spot a smartphone poking out from under your door to film you mid-change. Would you be able to think straight and get all of your clothes on before trying to stop the criminal from violating your privacy?

    Jeanne Ouelette only had her rights as a person on the brain when this happened to her as she was trying on bras at a Kohl's in Kansas City. Leaving her shirt and bra hanging in the dressing room, she chased the Peeping Tom around the store -- while totally topless

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    If you've ever been stuck in an airport on a holiday, you know people can get restless. They say things to others that they might ordinarily not say, or they let their tempers get the best of them and snap at an unsuspecting airline worker or a fellow traveler. OR, if they're anything like ABC's The Bachelor producer Elan Gale and a fellow passenger, they just start a classic grammar school note-passing war on the plane and document the entire episode on Twitter. 

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    Just hours after they probably sliced into turkeys, toasted the holiday, and gave thanks for everything wonderful in their lives, some eager shoppers said "to hell with graciousness" and elbowed their way into packed stores to -- literally -- battle it out over hot items. So, which piece of merchandise stood out as the one most worthy of slaying crowds to conquer? No, not iPads or a laptop (my guess) and not even that precious Elmo doll that promises your child a lifetime of hugs and affection.

    It's still way too early on Black Friday to declare this the item of the season, but the one that has (so far) brought out the worst in people is...

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    This news makes me so, so heartbroken. Apparently "selfie" is 2013's word of the year, according to the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary, beating out "twerk," the runner-up, "schmeat," and "bitcoin." Yes, this year, the words vying for this oh so coveted title were "selfie" and "twerk." How much more terrifying can it get?

    "It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet," Oxford Dictionaries said on its blog. "If it is good enough for the Obamas or the pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year."

    As a self-proclaimed word nerd, this truly hurts the inner workings of my soul. I can't think of an exercise in vanity and egomania more annoying or frustrating than the selfie. OED claims the use of the selfie has risen 17,000 percent in frequency over the past 12 months. One cursory glance through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whatever, and you can see how this is most definitely the case.

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    Doctors in Finland are prescribing video games as an alternative to drugs like Ritalin for patients -- including countless children -- who have been diagnosed with ADHD. The concept, backed by research, involves doctors first analyzing a person's brain, discovering with parts are too active or not active enough, and then creating games for them that stimulate that part of the brain. The idea is if you spend time each day training the brain to think the right way, you can get the brain to think that way more often. 

    It's an out-of-the-box idea that seems too simple to be true -- but comes at a time when we desperately need it. 

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    It's not a stretch to say that nearly every parent under the age of 60 has a Facebook page or engages in some sort of social media. But what if the administrators at your child's school are monitoring your social media messages? And what if they found something they didn't like and then banned you from your child's school, even if you haven't actually broken a law? It happened to one Georgia mom and there was nothing she could do about it. During this week's Moms Matter Google Hangout, we discuss whether this principal overstepped her bounds or if it's necessary to be hypervigilant in these violent and dangerous times. Check it out.

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    Oy vey. As an iPhone addict, I usually roll my eyes when I hear someone complaining about how too many people are missing out on life by keeping their eyes glued to their screens. But in one case, a life may have been saved had a few people been paying attention to their surroundings instead of playing Candy Crush.

    On a crowded commuter train in San Francisco last month, a man was caught on a surveillance camera waving a gun around several times, before randomly shooting and killing a university student.

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    The following is a post from our sponsor, GoGo SqueeZ.

    Between homework, activities, and chores around the house, kids have plenty to do in the afternoon. But that doesn’t mean you can’t carve out a little time for them to have fun and decompress when they get home. So, help them find ways to recharge. At GoGo squeeZ, we’re all about good, old-school, awesome playtime. Here’s our top 10 list of songs that make us want to get up and dance. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you and your family to do the same.

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    Oh man, this is such a classic, you guys. Wait until you get a load of this video of a little boy's reaction to the iOS 7 update from Apple, because he pretty much sums up how most people are feeling about it.

    Honestly, people are buzzing so much about how different iOS 7 is that I'm actually terrified to make the switch. And based on how this precious kid took the news, I'm thinking maybe I should hold off for a bit longer.

    Get ready to HOWL.

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    We were sitting outside a restaurant enjoying a mother/daughter meal when my 8-year-old pointed to a girl at another table with her eyes wide. Perched on a bench was a girl about my daughter's age, a cellphone in a pink jeweled case in her hands. I didn't even let her start a sentence before I dropped my bomb, "You're not getting one."

    She looked at me, a little wounded. It turns out she was just going to comment on how rude the girl was for using her cellphone at the table. Pheww! My kid has manners!

    But she's still not getting her own cellphone. Not for a loooooong time.

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