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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Don’t Give Their Kids Christmas Gifts, Here’s Why

Kids Family | The Epoch Times

Mila Kunis and her hubby Ashton Kutcher are worth millions. But their children won’t be seeing a penny of their famous parents’ earnings come Christmastime as the actors have a controversial family rule: no gifts! The conscientious mom, keen to
'Mila Kunis and her hubby Ashton Kutcher are worth millions. But their children won’t be seeing a penny of their famous parents’ earnings come Christmastime as the actors have a controversial family rule: no gifts! Kunis and Kutcher at the Zoe Saldana Walk Of Fame Star Ceremony in Hollywood on May 3, 2018 (©Getty Images | Alberto E. Rodriguez ) The conscientious mom, keen to dispel rumors that she and Kutcher are horrible parents (they’re really, really not!) explained the humble reason behind their festive austerity measures. The adorable Hollywood couple has put a mutual ban on Christmas gifts for their 4-year-old daughter, Wyatt, and 2-year-old son, Dimitri, all in the name of charity. Well, that and teaching their children to stop “expecting.” Kutcher and Kunis attend the 2018 Breakthrough Prize at NASA Ames Research Center in California on Dec. 3, 2017 (©Getty Images | Jesse Grant ) Kunis spoke to Entertainment Tonight after filming the festive comedy romp A Bad Mom’s Christmas and explained that her kids had already been thoroughly spoiled. But it wasn’t Kunis and Kutcher’s doing; it was the tiny tots’ generous grandparents. “So far, our tradition is no presents for the kids,” Kunis, 35, told the entertainment channel. “Last year when we celebrated Christmas, Wyatt was 2 and it was too much. We didn’t give her anything,” the incredulous mom joked, “it was the grandparents. The kid no longer appreciates the one gift!” Kutcher and Kunis having fun on the field at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Oct. 19, 2016 (©Getty Images | Harry How ) All parents know that kids are prone to want for the sake of wanting; Kunis has greater hopes for her own children. “They don’t even know what they’re expecting,” she said, exasperated. “They’re just expecting stuff .” Both actors have pleaded with their doting parents to dial down the gift giving. They’ve even suggested single gifts as an alternative to mounds and mounds of festive knick-knacks. “We’ve told our parents, ‘We’re begging you,'” Kunis shared. “‘If you have to give her something, pick one gift!'” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) on Nov 7, 2015 at 4:50pm PST The charitable pair threw in a last-ditch attempt to convince the loving grandparents to redirect their efforts by suggesting donations. “We’d like to take a charitable donation,” Kunis shared, “to the Children’s Hospital, or a pet, or whatever [they] want.” “That’s our new tradition.” Kutcher and Kunis with their children, Wyatt and Dimitri, at the FINA World Championships in Budapest in July 2017 (© Getty Images ) According to the Mirror , the couple’s “tradition” divided online opinion. “As an adult who never got Christmas presents as a child,” one reader contributed, “I can say it probably did effect me negatively.” Another hit back, suggesting: “I’m sure these two will gift them with experiences, together as a family, rather than ‘things’ to celebrate the holiday season.” We can’t imagine anything less. The cast of “That ’70s Show” (L-R) Wilmer Valderrama, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Danny Masterson pose in LA, 2003 (©Getty Images | Frazer Harrison ) Kunis and Kutcher met playing the adorable Jackie and Kelso on  That 70s Show, which aired between 1998 and 2006, but didn’t get together until 2012. While Kutcher was born and raised in Iowa, Kunis grew up in communist Russia and didn’t move to the United States until the age of 7. Christmas traditions came later, and without the nostalgic attachments of her peers. The joyful actress embraced new festivities with open arms, nonetheless. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) on Mar 4, 2018 at 8:20pm PST “Coming to America is when you realize Christmas has a magical quality to it,” she said. But still, she wanted to put her own spin on things. “It’s all family time,” Kunis shared, “but having kids, we’re building up our own little versions of tradition.” Any tradition that preferences humility over greed is likely to get a hearty thumbs-up from the masses in the end. And it needn’t come at the expense of fun; we can’t imagine much doom and gloom in the Kunis-Kutcher household!'

American Kids Would Rather Become Famous YouTubers Than Astronauts


‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ It’s an age-old question, one which children are expected to know the answer to at the age of five – despite not even knowing whether they want chicken nuggets or pizza for tea. Personally, I thought I’d
'Jake Paul/YouTube/NASA ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ It’s an age-old question, one which children are expected to know the answer to at the age of five – despite not even knowing whether they want chicken nuggets or pizza for tea. Personally, I thought I’d aim high and told everyone I wanted to be a pop star from around the age of three. As you can see, that didn’t quite go to plan and I had to lower the bar (and my expectations) slightly. PA Regardless, that’s the entire point: you’ve got to set your bar high because no-one else is going to do it for you. Hence why the responses to that question are usually something along the lines of professional footballers, Hollywood actors, or astronauts. Now though, it seems children in America are ditching those ambitions in favour of another, entirely more modern one. Because instead of aiming to become astronauts, kids would rather become famous YouTubers. A recent survey , conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Lego, found that children in the United States and the United Kingdom were nearly three times more likely to aspire to become YouTubers or vloggers than astronauts. Whereas 29 per cent of those polled wanted to become a YouTuber when they grow up, only 11 per cent said they wanted to become an astronaut. Pixabay As per Business Insider , the survey asked 3,000 children (1,000 from the US, China, and the UK respectively) aged between eight and 12 to choose what they wanted to be when they grew up. They were given five options: an astronaut, musician, professional athlete, teacher, or vlogger/YouTuber. Though the top choice among children in the US and the UK was a YouTuber, astronauts were the preferred aspired profession in China, with 56 per cent of children saying they wanted to make a career out of space travel. Interestingly, the least popular choice in China was YouTuber. The survey was conducted in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, as part of a month of worldwide events by the LEGO Group to inspire the next generation of space exploration. Pexels The company has also partnered with Scholastic on an educational programme that will send 50 children to NASA Space Camp in 2020. Hopefully these events will encourage more children to become interested in space and follow their dreams – whatever those might be. To infinity, and beyond! If you have a story you want to tell send it to UNILAD via story@unilad.com'

What Kids Aren’t Telling Parents About Porn on Social Media

Kids Thrive Global

Adult content is rampant on social media. Here’s what parents need to know.
'Pornography today is not your father’s  Playboy . Instead of reaching under the mattress to score a magazine of naked women with coy smiles, teenagers are just a few phone swipes away from hard-core videos in which women are sexually abused and humiliated. Porn is now more affordable, accessible, and violent than ever before, and many boys are watching it as early as age 11 or 12. As one teen told researchers writing a report on kids and porn for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner in England, “Basically, porn is everywhere.” While to an adult this may sound like typical adolescent hyperbole, teens spend most of their waking hours — about nine per day — online. As the president and CEO of  Culture Reframed , a health-based nonprofit dedicated to building resilience and resistance in young people to porn culture, I’ve spoken with thousands of parents at schools across the country, and many are deeply concerned about the time their kids spend in front of a screen. They worry that their kids might be surfing free porn sites such as Pornhub when they are alone. However, most parents are unaware that porn is also infiltrating mainstream social media sites such as Snapchat and Instagram. A recent study found that teens’ most popular media platform is Snapchat, followed closely by Instagram. One study reported that “teens visit Snapchat more than 20 times a day” and spend at least 30 minutes on the platform, while 63 percent of 13- to-17-year-olds use Instagram daily, spending an average of 32 minutes a day scrolling through photos and videos. On Instagram, porn is often hidden behind hashtags and emojis that appear innocuous but are used as secret code to tag and search for particular types of porn. If teens type a specific fruit or vegetable emoji into the search bar, a list of links pops up to images ranging from women barely clothed to women in sexual bondage restraints. Those images lead directly to pornographic accounts, which are used by many porn performers to build their fan bases. Though Instagram says it uses automated technology to continually detect and remove nudity and pornographic content, it’s clear the platform is not doing a thorough job. While Snapchat technically doesn’t allow “adult content,” a whole ecosystem of online businesses help budding entrepreneurs manage and monetize “premium” pornographic accounts. To lure traffic, the premium account is linked to a more innocuous “teaser” Snapchat account and other platforms, including Twitter and Facebook. One of the biggest companies, FanCentro, serves as a channel to a whole universe of private Snapchat accounts and boasts that if one account is taken down, it will seamlessly set up another and redirect traffic. FanCentro also facilitates links from Snapchat to Pornhub, the major pornography site, in just a couple of clicks. Living in a porn-soaked virtual world has negative social, emotional, and cognitive effects on teens. Studies show that the earlier boys view porn, the more likely they are to experience anxiety, depression, poor academic performance, addictive behavior, and unhealthy relationships. They also exhibit lower empathy for rape victims and a higher likelihood of committing sexual assault. Girls are increasingly using social media for sexualized selfies and sexting, typically on Snapchat because it claims that images disappear after being viewed. However, the images can be saved in a hidden folder on phones and can be retrieved. This leaves girls vulnerable to sextortion, bullying, revenge porn, sexual harassment, and suicide because they are more likely than boys to be pressured into sexting and humiliated as “sluts.” A 2007 report by the American Psychological Association concluded that exposure to sexualized material leads to body shame, intentionally trying to appear more sexually appealing, appearance anxiety, eating disorders, and low self-esteem. Culture Reframed commissioned  an update of this report , released this week, that analyzed studies from the last 10 years about how girls are impacted by sexual material online. The report, conducted by Dr. Sharon Lamb at UMass Boston, recommends media literacy education both in schools and in society as a whole to help girls critique sexist imagery. It also encourages parents to monitor their kids’ Internet use with greater vigilance. Last year, Culture Reframed launched a  free online program  that helps parents of tweens learn how to talk effectively with their children about online pornography . We encourage parents to be proactive instead of waiting until it becomes a problem. Introduce the topic in a way that builds mutual respect by asking permission to open up a conversation. If your kid says no, wait for a “teachable” moment to bring up the topic again. And if you do ultimately catch your child watching porn, do not shame them. Ask them questions about how they feel, and listen to their answers. Point out the differences between porn sex and healthy sex — and point out that the former lacks intimacy, connection, and boundary setting. While some pornographic social media accounts will ask users if they are over 18, teens can simply lie to get around these flimsy age restrictions. Though parents can install programs on kids’ devices that block pornography, today’s tech-savvy kids know how to get around these (and they can always use their friends’ unblocked phones instead). The reality is that most teenagers will inevitably be exposed to porn — and parents must talk to them about it. Originally published at thebostonglobe.com'