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Virtual skateboard for the injury-prone

Rite of passage on the screen

So your kid is getting older, and you want to protect him from the hazards of skateboarding. Good luck.

It may be almost impossible to keep boys from undergoing this rite of passage, but you might be able to limit their board time by offering a virtual version as a part-time substitute. This skateboard game plugs into the TV and "translates a child's motion into real-time tricks and movements as players navigate multiple urban skateboard challenges such as timed races, slalom and obstacle courses, half-pipe environments, free skating and tournament play," according to Hammacher Schlemmer. And they say the Wii can be hazardous to your health. (Note to all dads: Stay off this thing for your own good.)