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Kids are losing belief in Santa, all thanks to the Internet

Kids are losing belief in Santa, all thanks to the Internet
PHOTO COURTESY OF HMA

If you've got kids or grandchildren, you know this time of year requires a lot of dodging questions. "Is Santa Claus real?" "How does he deliver all those toys in one night?"

If you're like a lot of parents, you just cringe, change the topic and gently shove them outside. Eventually, they'll figure things out for themselves, or at school. But, until then, it's fun to keep the Santa story alive.

If you thought keeping it going was tough years ago, just think how difficult it is in the Internet age. A quick Google search for "Santa" and your kids have all the information you don't want them finding. There's a way to ensure they don't.

To keep the magic of Christmas going a little longer, you may want to add a plug-in to block your kids from searching for "Santa." Actually, it blocks them from finding information on Santa Claus that'll spoil their Christmas.

It's from the online privacy firm - pardon the name - HideMyAss (HMA). It found in a study that 13% of American kids learn the truth about Santa Claus from online searches, social media posts and online ads. The main causes of disbelief: Google searches (44%), online ads (34%) and social media sites like Facebook (29%).

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