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Imagine this, you are taking a flight with 2 small children and on top of the endless attempts at diverting their attention....
A movie begins...
Fist thought? Finally, some peace and quiet right?

WRONG! According to one family, upon the start of the Movie 'Alex Cross' (Rated PG13) they noticed violent scenes right away. 

"Alarmed by the opening scenes, we asked two flight attendants if they could turn off the monitor; both claimed it was not possible," they said. (News.com.auTo their defence, how can you shelter a child from seeing something you deem inappropriate from numerous drop-down screens? And why would an airline play movies that had violence knowing children were on board?

The United Airlines flight from Denver to Baltimore had Alex Cross playing on drop-down screens throughout the planes, and the parents were concerned their sons, aged four and eight, were too young for the content, The Atlantic reports.

Shortly after, the flight landed without incident and the customers were removed from the aircraft. 

It is hard to shelter your children from the harsh reality of what we call society, but on this note I sincerely hope that we can at least have the choice to opt out of situations until we feel our children are ready to accept them. This situation seems as though the airline has forced the graphic content onto this poor family without giving them a choice but to accept what was playing on screen. I know most of you would say, just place tape over the monitors directly above the children and distract them but seriously, how can you do that when the movie is playing everywhere around them....on a LONG flight?

What do you think? Is this family going too far?
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This recall involves a children's craft apron sold under the name "Time 4 Crafts Kid's Apron". The apron is yellow vinyl with blue trim, ties around the waist and neck and three pockets in the front. 

The product is identified by Item number 16625 and UPC 062823166257. 

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program has revealed that the kid's apron contains a phthalate, specifically DEHP (Di-Ethylhexyl Phthalate), which exceeds the allowable limit. 

Studies suggest that certain phthalates, including DEHP, may cause reproductive and developmental abnormalities in young children when soft vinyl products containing phthalates are sucked or chewed for extended periods.  Approximately 22,440 of the recalled aprons were sold at various dollar and discount stores across Canada. 

Neither Health Canada nor CTG Brands Inc. has received any reports of incidents or illnesses related to the use of this product.  
Consumers should immediately take the product from children and dispose of it in regular household garbage. 

For more information, consumers contact 1-905-761-3330. 

In Sweden, a preschool has decided to stop referring to children as 'him' or 'her' to avoid gender stereotypes.

The Egalia preschool, in Stockholm, has attempted to engineer equality between the sexes from childhood. The taxpayer-funded school also carefully plans the colour and placement of toys and the choice of books to assure they do not fall into stereotypes.
The school opened last year and is on a mission to break down gender roles - a core mission in the national curriculum for Swedish pre-schools.

'Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing,' says Jenny Johnsson, a 31-year-old teacher. 

'Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be.'

At the school, boys and girls play together with a toy kitchen, waving plastic utensils and pretending to cook. Lego bricks and other building blocks are purposely placed next to the kitchen, to make sure the children draw no mental barriers between cooking and construction.

Books that deal with homosexual couples, single parents or adopted children are also standard here.

Director Lotta Rajalin notes that Egalia places a special emphasis on fostering an environment tolerant of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Rajalin says the staff also try to help the children discover new ideas when they play.

What do you think?

Tanta Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling some children's acetaminophen tablets because of reports the child-resistant packaging might not work.

Health Canada announced the recall Tuesday of all lots of Junior Strength Acetaminophen Tablets 160 mg and Children's Strength Acetaminophen Tablets 80 mg. The child-safety locks and caps on the affected products can open even in the locked position, the department said.

"This presents a risk to children who are able to open the bottle and ingest the product," Health Canada said. "Tanta Pharmaceuticals is requesting that retailers immediately stop sale of this product and return their products to the company."

These products can be found at retail locations, including Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart and Preferred Pharmacy.The products may also be found at other stores across the country.

Health Canada said it is monitoring the recall and will update Canadians should new information be identified.

To report suspected adverse reaction to these or other health products, please contact the Canada Vigilance Program of Health Canada toll-free at 1-866-234-2345, or complete a Canada Vigilance Reporting Form and send to us using one of these methods: