NHL better listen to kids
Kids love action and adventure. They prefer snowboarding over baseball. It's about moving fast and taking chances. So you would think kids love watching hockey. Few mainstream sports offer the kind of action and adventure as hockey. So I took a little poll of a dozen Newburgh Free Academy hockey players. Who better to gauge hockey's popularity than young hockey players? Three of the 12 players interviewed watched the NHL All-Star game. Six of the 12 watch the NHL with any kind of regularity. The NHL better listen to the kids. They give the league its only chance of becoming some kind of major sport. This was supposed to be a breakout year for the NHL and for hockey. Changing rules and enforcing other rules were supposed to add interest. Only another layer of questions has been added.
Dentists to give kids reason to smile
February is Dental Health Awareness Month. To kick off a month of promoting good oral health care, the South Carolina Dental Association (SCDA) is donating a day of caring for the dental needs of underprivileged children. Friday is Give Kids A Smile Day. Nearly 300 local dentists, hygienists and dental assistants will provide cleanings, sealants and restorative care to needy children at designated clinic sites across the state. Some of the sites include Midlands Technical College in Columbia; Florence-Darlington Technical College; Greenville Technical College; Aiken Technical College; Spartanburg Technical College; Palmetto Health Dental Clinic/Richland Hospital Campus; Tri-County Technical College; Medical University of SC Dental Clinic, Charleston. Many dentists in private clinics will also welcome Give Kids A Smile children at various locations around the state.
Nickelodeon builds virtual community for kids
MTV Networks' kid-centric powerhouse will on Tuesday (January 30) launch Nicktropolis, an online environment for youngsters to chat, play games and watch video amid branded properties. In Nicktropolis, kids can customise the appearance of an avatar, the onscreen character with which they navigate a digital world complete with its own currency. The environment includes branded regions like Nicktoon Boulevard, where surfers can visit rooms inspired by such Nick shows as "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "Danny Phantom." Avatars can interact with icons representing characters from the shows or cue up episodes for viewing. Nicktropolis is a continuation of Nickelodeon's push in recent years into more interactive programming online. With the younger demos it targets emerging as the first generation to be as comfortable with the PC as the TV, Nick has put increasing emphasis on Nick.com and successive versions of a broadband player, TurboNick.