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  • Kytephone Officially Launches App To Turn Android Phones Into Kid-Safe Devices

    Kytephone Officially Launches App To Turn Android Phones Into Kid-Safe Devices

    Kytephone, the mobile app that transforms Android smartphones into kid-safe devices, is officially making its public debut today. The startup had previously been in beta, following its reveal at this spring’s Y Combinator Demo Day, where founders Renat Gataullin and Martin Drashkov first detailed their company’s vision. The idea behind Kytephone is simple. It addresses… Read More

  • Kid-Friendly Social Network Everloop Is Coming To iPhone, Raising Series A

    Kid-Friendly Social Network Everloop Is Coming To iPhone, Raising Series A

    Everloop, the social network for children under 13, is planning to launch a mobile application, making it one of the first companies to attempt a mobile, social network just for kids. The app, arriving in the third week of June, will translate the desktop experience to the small screen, beginning with iOS (iPhone & iPod Touch) before heading to other platforms like Android. The company… Read More

  • 23snaps Tries Its Hand At Being The Facebook For Families

    23snaps Tries Its Hand At Being The Facebook For Families

    Another entry in the mobile-first, private social networking for families space (yes, apparently this is a thing now): 23snaps, a new iOS application that works like a mini-Facebook for posting status updates, photos and videos of your kids. The app isn’t anywhere near as dazzling as current private social network darling Path, but it’s a functional and easy-to-use alternative to… Read More

  • Play Safe For Android Locks Down Your Phone So Kids Can (Safely) Play

    Play Safe For Android Locks Down Your Phone So Kids Can (Safely) Play

    Sometimes you just gotta do your own thing. Such was the case with Boris Vaisman, who dropped out of Y Combinator’s winter batch (where he was on kid-safe phone lockdown tool, Kyte). Says Vaisman, it was just a matter of “having a different vision in terms of how to move forward.” So what has Vaisman, along with co-founder Ankush Agarwal, now launched instead? Play Safe, an… Read More

  • TinyTap App Lets Kids Create Customized iPad Books & Games

    TinyTap App Lets Kids Create Customized iPad Books & Games

    TinyTap is a new iPad application designed for kids which introduces a different angle on the “record-your-own-voice” storybooks craze, by offering a playable book or game you and your kids can customize with your own photos, camera shots, music, narration, and more. The resulting creations can then be shared with family and friends. And, for a little inspiration, the built-in… Read More

  • Jitterbug.tv Launches First Subscription Music & Video Service For Kids

    Jitterbug.tv Launches First Subscription Music & Video Service For Kids

    Parents looking for a curated selection of music and videos that’s a little more kid-friendly than YouTube have another option now, thanks to the launch of Jitterbug.tv. The new iPad app is the first subscription-based music service for kids, and is targeting the 2-7 age range. Included in the app are videos and music from top kids artists like 23 Skidoo, The Jimmies, Laura Veirs… Read More

  • Now Out Of Beta, Tykoon Teaches Kids (And Parents) About Managing Finances

    Now Out Of Beta, Tykoon Teaches Kids (And Parents) About Managing Finances

    NYC-based financial services startup for families, Tykoon, is exiting its private beta and is launching its first mobile app for iPhone. The company, which aims to change the ways kids think about and use money, is more that your typical allowance tracker application – it’s a platform for earning, saving, giving and spending, the latter which includes kid-friendly access to a… Read More

  • Mobile “Edutainment” Startup Fingerprint Digital Doubles In Size With Addition Of 6 New Games

    Mobile “Edutainment” Startup Fingerprint Digital Doubles In Size With Addition Of 6 New Games

    San Francisco-based Fingerprint Digital, a startup building educational apps for kids as well as a parent-child communication system for iOS apps, is doubling the size of its network today with the addition of a series of six new apps from French developer Happy Blue Fish Studio. The developer has chosen Fingerprint’s in-app “Mom-Comm” system (as the company calls it) to… Read More

  • Happly For iPad Helps Curious Kids Discover The Web…Safely

    Happly For iPad Helps Curious Kids Discover The Web…Safely

    iPad guilt? There needs to be a technical term for that feeling in the pit of a parent’s stomach that arises from handing over the iPad to their kids, only to watch them play brain rotting Outfit7 games or level after level of Angry Birds. Fortunately, some startups are focusing on developing more educational content for the iPad to help parents assuage some of their guilt over their… Read More

  • Path For Families? Kidfolio Brings Private Social Networking For Parents To iPhone

    Path For Families? Kidfolio Brings Private Social Networking For Parents To iPhone

    Hey look: another private, micro social networking service has just launched. From Alt12 Apps, which moms know better as the maker of the BabyBump app, there now comes a new mobile-only private social networking service for parents called Kidfolio. The app, which is celebrating its public release today, offers parents tools for private sharing – mainly photos of children – which can… Read More

  • FarFaria Brings A Hulu For Kids’ Stories To The iPad

    FarFaria Brings A Hulu For Kids’ Stories To The iPad

    “Grumpy Cat! Grumpy Cat! More Grumpy Cat, please!” – That’s basically my two-year-old’s review of FarFaria, a new subscription-based children’s storybook app for the iPad. (To translate: she loves it, and especially that story about the grumpy cat.) The app, to be clear, doesn’t just offer the one story – not that my kid seems to care right… Read More

  • Famigo Raises $1M For Its Kid-Friendly App Directory And Parental Control Software

    Famigo Raises $1M For Its Kid-Friendly App Directory And Parental Control Software

    Famigo, the Austin-based startup building a directory of family-oriented and kid-friendly mobile apps, announced today that it has raised $1 million in funding led by Silverton Partners. Also participating in the round were Zilker Ventures, Liahona Ventures, and CapitalFactory. The company, which currently offers an online directory of apps as well as parental control software for Android, says… Read More

  • ThredUP Shuts Down Kids Clothes Swapping Service In Favor Of Online Consignment

    ThredUP Shuts Down Kids Clothes Swapping Service In Favor Of Online Consignment

    The online kids clothing exchange thredUP is shutting down its clothes swapping service. But wait! Don’t panic, moms! (And dads, too, if you’re all 50/50 about the child-rearing duties. Haven’t met one of those yet, but I hear they exist). The good news is that thredUP itself is not shutting down, it’s just focusing on the more successful area of its business: its… Read More

  • InstaMatch Turns Instagram Into A Game

    InstaMatch Turns Instagram Into A Game

    Tiny Hearts, the Toronto-based studio behind Pocket Zoo, a top 50 iOS app (and one of my kid’s personal favorites), has just released a new title that turns Instagram into a game. The new app is called InstaMatch, and it’s a modernized take on the classic memory matching game. In InstaMatch, instead of using images of duplicate items, the photos users match up come from Instagram. Read More

  • Making Learning Fun For Kids, Everything Butt Art Launches Its First iPad App

    Making Learning Fun For Kids, Everything Butt Art Launches Its First iPad App

    You know what’s funny? If you Google “how do you get kids to learn” (sans quotes, even), the first result goes to this TechCrunch blog post about an app that lets kids draw butts on the iPad. Really! The post details the company called Madbrook (aka Everything Butt Art), which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt NY in May. It’s the brand behind a series of printed books… Read More

  • Fingerprint’s Educational Apps For Kids Are Hot: 2M+ Minutes Played This Month

    Fingerprint’s Educational Apps For Kids Are Hot: 2M+ Minutes Played This Month

    San Francisco-based Fingerprint Digital, a startup building educational apps for kids, is blowing up. The company released its first apps into iTunes on December 1st, and already, it has seen over 270,000 game playing sessions for a combined total of over 2 million minutes played. And, according to CEO Nancy MacIntyre, its apps are about to reach download numbers in the six figures. In just… Read More

  • Woozworld Launches WoozIn, A Facebook For Kids

    Woozworld Launches WoozIn, A Facebook For Kids

    Sometimes, reporting startup news can make a person feel old. Case in point: Woozworld, the virtual world maker for tweens, is launching a social networking service called WoozIn, which I’m saying with a straight face. I swear. WoozIn. It’s essentially a Facebook-lite/virtual world mashup that allows prepubescent youth to share, comment and like their friends’ updates… Read More

  • TechCrunch Gift Guide 2011: Best Toys

    TechCrunch Gift Guide 2011: Best Toys

    If you’re an Aunt, Uncle, Grandfather, Grandmother, Godmother, Godfather, Foster Parent, or just plain old mommy or daddy, you might have some kids on your holiday shopping list. These are some interesting toys that I’ve come across this year and all have a certain high-tech edge that adults and kids alike can enjoy. Read More

  • A Child’s-Eye View Of Microsoft’s Kinect For Kids

    A Child’s-Eye View Of Microsoft’s Kinect For Kids

    I took my six-year-old son Kasper to Microsoft’s Kinect For Kids event yesterday in hopes of better understanding Microsoft’s efforts at grabbing the younger demographic. While he’s already an avid weekend gamer, I wondered if Microsoft’s latest immersive play solutions would stir him in anyway. I discovered two things: that the Kinect for Kids initiative, as evidenced… Read More

  • If You Loved Your Child, You'd Buy Them This $300 High Chair. But You Don't.

    If you truly loved your child… nay, merely even considered them worth holding on to… I’d recommend this $300 Baby Bjorn high chair designed from the ground up to revolutionize the market for food into infant-mouth insertion activities. However, this thing is $300, which most parents would find too pricey. But isn’t baby worth that much? What has baby ever done to you… Read More

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