When Kids Do the Testing

For the best bet in peanut butter or the word on the wasteful packaging of fast food, check out Zillions

For weeks, all Karen Reid of Oak Ridge, Tenn., heard from her son Scott, she says, was, "Reebok Pumps this, Reebok Pumps that." The fourth-grader wanted her to buy him a pair of the flashy high tops and explaining why she refused to part with $150 for athletic shoes got her nowhere. Then Scott read that the Pump was heavy and can be uncomfortable. End of tug-of-war.

What convinced Scott was an article in Zillions, a consumer report for kids that evaluates everything from peanut butter to video games. The bimonthly magazine (circ. 250,000) is published by the nonprofit Consumers Union,...

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