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Baby Shaker was the hottest new video game for the iPhone, until Apple changed its mind and deigned it offensive, removing it from the App Store.  (Source: YouTube)
Apple appears very confused when it comes to baby shaking

When it comes to iPhone apps, Apple has received bad press aplenty for its policy of strictly regulating the application market.  From competitive browsers to "offensive" apps like a South Park app, the iPhone App Store may have millions of apps, but is still relatively closed.

However, Apple is in the unusual situation this time around for being in hot water for an app it approved.  Apple approved an interesting title -- Baby Shaker -- on the App Store Monday.  This video game, authored by Sikalosoft, looked to channel the inner English au pair in some people, making shaking a baby (as the name implies) into a videogame.

The game consisted of multiple levels.  Each level had a drawing of a baby, which crying loudly.  You would shake the phone until the baby stopped crying and red X's appeared over its eyes (apparently signifying the baby's death).  The app was available from Monday to Wednesday night for $0.99.

Child advocacy groups pitched a fit, demanding Apple remove the app and stating unequivocally that killing babies was unacceptable.  Apple caved in, ruling that there is no longer a place in the world for Baby Shaker.  However, many are noting the curiousness that the company, which is usually so strict with offensive content (like the South Park app) would approve the app in the first place.

As some are pointing out, Apple's iTunes store sells some music which could be designed as highly offensive, with lyrics featuring sexually explicit content, violence, racism, homophobic remarks, strong language, and stories of criminal behavior.

However, as in the past, while other mediums like music and art may deal in the same themes, video games receive the most controversy.  From Wii Beer Pong to the Columbine video game, video game developers' creative licenses have often led to confrontations with the moral opinions of many in society.

You can view a video of Baby Shaker here, and decide for yourself whether it should have be banned.



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RE: Never shake a baby!
By unclesharkey on 4/24/2009 7:08:06 PM , Rating: 2
I am not sure where your anecdotal evidence is coming from but I assure you that those stories are the exception and not the rule. The courts do usually side with DSS and all DSS investigators side with the children. If you are familiar with child welfare law this will be a brief review. At a shelter hearing hearsay is allowed so anyone can say anything. So if the judge has reasonable concerns the child will be sheltered for 30 days at that time you return for an adjudacation hearing. This type of case is based on "preponderance of the evidence" and no hearsay is allowed. It is just like a regular trial.

I suggest you look at the child welfare law in your state. It is very specific as to why a child can be removed. If the parents loose at the adjudacation level they can still appeal it to a judge all the way up to the court of appeals. Maybe 30 years ago this might have been easy to do in a small town but there are a lot of safeguards against this type of abuse.

Also you are wrong about funding. The feds do give the state money but the state also pays for a lot of these kids. It all depends on their IV-E eligibility. Paying for foster care is not cheap and children belong with their families. At one time in states where there are a large number of Native Americans they were placed in foster care a lot. Then the feds passed the ICWA in 1978 and that dropped the number of Native Americans coming into care. 30 Years ago! I am sure that in some rare cases the system is abused by workers or judges. But you have to remember we are on the side of the child at the time of investigation. Once the child comes into care it is the job of the foster care staff to reunify the child with their family.

So one guy writes and article and you buy it hook line and sinker? It looks like sensational journalism to me. He makes all these statements but where is the evidence? I don't get any extra money. I actually got furloughed this year along with all the other State employees in my state. Child protective services and foster care services are federally mandated. If we are not out there trying to protect the children who will do it? IMO we fall under the same category as the police, teachers, doctors and other professionals who's job it is to protect children. Our workers staff shelters, work with the homeless and provide out reach services including in-home services to families which is free of charge. I can only speak for my State and my county but we hold ourselves to a higher standard. When working with families we follow many of the same types of procedures out lined in the Anne E. Casey Foundation.

http://www.aecf.org/

The unfortunate thing is you can find horror stories in any kind of profession and it is almost impossible to prevent these type of tragedies. Remember we didn't start the fire. But we do need to try to fight them.


RE: Never shake a baby!
By dever on 4/25/2009 3:14:03 PM , Rating: 3
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The unfortunate thing is you can find horror stories in any kind of profession
Yes, that may be the case, but since CPS is an arm of the government they wield the ungainly, blunt instrument of legalized use of force. This clearly puts parents at a disadvantage.

I don't think there's any rational parent that doesn't realize that the power of CPS to pull children without a full trial of the parents is a clear violation of our country's founding principals.

Not only that, but CPS workers are personally exempted from lawsuits by parents. So, if a worker screws up "protecting a child" and wrongfully pulls it out of a home, there is no appropriate feedback to the system. Civilians who would make such an impact on a child and family should be terribly liable. But someone who has the power of legalized force on their side should be even more liable, not less.


RE: Never shake a baby!
By Belard on 5/6/2009 5:32:35 AM , Rating: 2
It is no secret that in some states, CPS workers get money for placing children into new homes. CPS, like any other business or govt. enitity has corruption and incompentency.

The day-care nightmare from 1985 was a fact. There are these stories because such things happen. Just as you say that you have "good" experinces, there are way to many victims of CPS.

The companies that support CPS make money... they'll say the child needs (A) (B) and (C) which makes them $1000 a month.

I'm in the USA too... which isn't the perfect country and I don't think there is such a thing. But as noted, when people can abuse the system and not get in trouble for ruining peoples lives, that is a serious problem. Talk to some lawyers who have experince with CPS - they can be a nightmare. They can and DO work to fail the parents if they want to. As far as evidence... its out there, and as seen in COURT with CPS case-workers, they HAVE removed children based off of little / no evidence and not doing any research. They also trick parents into failure: If there is a report. Agree to take a parenting class to improve yourself. But taking a class proves your a bad parent.

CPS to judge: such and such happened.
Parents to Judge: No true.
Jude: give parents classes, sides with CPS.

BUT, yes some people need these classes, some of these kids need to be saved. But when the system is abused, its breaks it.

If you have a son taken away from you based off of lies or incorrect report - what right should someone rip your child from your arms without PROOF first? Its pretty bad when a person calls CPS for help and they don't do anything because they requires work... and when they do something, its wrong wrong wrong.

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