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  • Amazon FreeTime gets a Parent Dashboard, Discussion Cards & more

    Amazon FreeTime gets a Parent Dashboard, Discussion Cards & more

    Amazon FreeTime, the subscription service offering kid-friendly books, videos, apps and games, is today rolling out a feature called Discussion Cards that will help parents better understand the content their child is viewing, reading or playing. The feature will be a part of a new Parent Dashboard that will also include activity reports and other insights into how the child has been using… Read More

  • Amazon will refund millions of unauthorized in-app purchases made by kids

    Amazon will refund millions of unauthorized in-app purchases made by kids

    Amazon will refund millions of unauthorized in-app purchases kids made on mobile devices, having now dropped its appeal of last year’s ruling by a federal judge who sided with the Federal Trade Commission in the agency’s lawsuit against Amazon. The FTC’s original complaint said that Amazon should be liable for millions of dollars it charged customers, because of the way… Read More

  • Former Maker, Disney, Nickelodeon execs raise $6 million for kids media startup Pocketwatch

    Former Maker, Disney, Nickelodeon execs raise $6 million for kids media startup Pocketwatch

    With traditional television no longer the powerhouse it once was, today’s kids grow up on a diet of Netflix and YouTube and other digital content. A new startup aiming to be the next big kids brand to tackle this space, Pocketwatch, announced today it has raised $6 million in Series A funding led by Machinima co-founder Allen DeBevoise’s Third Wave Digital, a firm that invests… Read More

  • Google introduces Family Link, its own parental control software for Android

    Google introduces Family Link, its own parental control software for Android

    Google has just one-upped Apple on mobile in a significant way: today the company today announced the launch of Family Link, an application for parents that lets them establish a child’s first Google account, as well as utilize a series of  parental controls to manage and track screen time, daily limits, device “bedtimes,” and which apps kids can use. While all the… Read More

  • Parental control service “Circle with Disney” to help with distracted driving, social media, kids’ chores & more

    Parental control service “Circle with Disney” to help with distracted driving, social media, kids’ chores & more

    Circle with Disney, a device that helps parents manage their home’s internet rules and restrictions, wants to be more than just a modern-day net nanny. Already, it had differentiated itself from competing software solutions, by offering a licensed selection of Disney content – like games, videos, trailers and more – to make its service more appealing. Today, it’s taking… Read More

  • unGlue helps parents set screen time limits on any device

    unGlue helps parents set screen time limits on any device

    A new startup called unGlue wants to help kids better manage their time on connected devices. Just don’t call it parental control software, says co-founder and CEO Alon Shwartz. The idea, he explains, is to offer families a simpler solution for setting limits on screen time across devices, whether inside the home or away. Shwartz, a serial entrepreneur, came up with the idea for… Read More

  • YouTube Kids gets its own original shows

    YouTube Kids gets its own original shows

    YouTube Kids, the app offering a curated selection of age-appropriate videos sourced from YouTube, is launching its own original programming, the company announced today. The four new shows are a part of the YouTube Red subscription service, and were created with the kids’ app in mind. This is also the first time that YouTube Red has invested in creators who are making original… Read More

  • There’s now a Disney Princess toy subscription service

    There’s now a Disney Princess toy subscription service

    Subscription-based toy company Pley.com entered the Disney accelerator last year with a toy rental business that would ship out toys like Lego, American Girl or Hot Wheels, which could be played with, then kept or returned, starting at $12 per month. Now that the company has exited the program, it’s debuting a twist on its earlier model. Pley has just launched a Disney Princess… Read More

  • LEGO Life is a new social network where kids can share their creations

    LEGO Life is a new social network where kids can share their creations

    Club Penguin may be shutting down, but there’s a new social network for kids arriving today from LEGO. The company known for its physical blocks and building sets is launching LEGO Life, a safe, online space where kids can share their LEGO creations, and connect with a broader community. Available as an iOS and Android application, the social network is aimed at those under the age of… Read More

  • Club Penguin is shutting down

    Club Penguin is shutting down

    Club Penguin, the Disney-owned social network for kids, announced this morning it’s shutting down. In its place, the company will launch a new product for mobile, Club Penguin Island, which has been in development over the past several years. Club Penguin Island will launch in March, while the Club Penguin game on the desktop and mobile devices will shut down on March 29, 2017. The… Read More

  • Amazon launches a subscription service for STEM toys

    Amazon launches a subscription service for STEM toys

    Amazon today unveiled a new subscription program aimed at parents called STEM Club, which delivers educational toys to your home for $19.99 per month. The retailer says it will hand-pick which toys are shipped, and will ensure the items are age-appropriate. And by “STEM,” of course, Amazon means the toys will be focused on the areas of science, technology, engineering and… Read More

  • PBS KIDS debuts a new channel and live TV service, available via web and mobile

    PBS KIDS debuts a new channel and live TV service, available via web and mobile

    The way children watch TV is changing – shifting away from the big screen in the living room to tablets and other mobile devices. In order to better cater to the needs of this more digital audience, PBS has now launched a new 24/7 TV channel, PBS KIDS, which is available on television through PBS member stations, but also as a streaming service via the web and the PBS KIDS… Read More

  • Nickelodeon gets into e-books with new reading app for kids, Nick Jr. Books

    Nickelodeon gets into e-books with new reading app for kids, Nick Jr. Books

    Kids TV network Nickelodeon already has solid footing in the digital space with its lineup of over 40 preschool apps and games and its own streaming service, Noggin. Now, the entertainment brand is making its move into e-books. The company has just launched its first ever reading app aimed at kids, which brings interactive stories from their favorite Nick characters to the iPhone and… Read More

  • Hulu is getting over 50 Disney movies thanks to new licensing deal

    Hulu is getting over 50 Disney movies thanks to new licensing deal

    In its continuing battle with Netflix, Hulu this week announced a new licensing deal with Disney which sees Hulu gaining the exclusive rights to stream a sizable collection of Disney movies via its subscription service. In total, over 50 titles will become available on Hulu in the months ahead, including “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Mulan,”… Read More

  • Here’s how to track Santa on Christmas Eve

    Here’s how to track Santa on Christmas Eve

    As per tradition, Google’s Santa Tracker is live today across Android, Google Maps and Google.com, helping parents and children alike track Santa’s journey from the North Pole as he begins to deliver Christmas presents all over the world. iOS users can also keep an eye on Santa using the Google Maps app on their iPhone or iPad, plus Santa’s journey can be streamed to your… Read More

  • Facebook launches parents portal to help folks navigate their kids’ social experience

    Facebook launches parents portal to help folks navigate their kids’ social experience

    Facebook, the social networking app used by 1.8 billion people globally, does not provide figures for how much of that audience is comprised of minors — that is, people under the age of 18 (and theoretically over the age of 13). But chances are that these days it’s a significant number, when you consider some news out from the company today: Facebook is launching a new… Read More

  • Hands-on with Play-Doh Touch, the app that brings kids’ creations to life

    Hands-on with Play-Doh Touch, the app that brings kids’ creations to life

    Play-Doh has come to the iPad. With the newly launched toy set for kids, Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio, Hasbro has made a solid attempt at bringing the joy of Play-Doh to digital through an iOS app that brings kids’ creations to life. But the combination of physical play and digital is not a skill set that’s easily mastered even by top kids’ brands — just ask… Read More

  • Apple’s iBooks StoryTime app for Apple TV will read to your kids

    Apple’s iBooks StoryTime app for Apple TV will read to your kids

    Apple on Thursday released a new Apple TV application called iBooks StoryTime that brings children’s books to the TV’s big screen. Kids can flip through the pages of the books on their own, or switch on Read-Aloud narration which will sync the audio to the on-screen text and flip the pages for you. The app, which works on 4th generation Apple TV devices that have access to… Read More

  • Sling TV goes after parents with launch of new on-demand Kids channel

    Sling TV goes after parents with launch of new on-demand Kids channel

    Sling TV, Dish’s over-the-top service aimed at cord cutters, is after your kids. By that I mean the company is rolling out a new on-demand channel that caters to children, or, more accurately, the parents of young children looking for easier access to kid-friendly entertainment from the streaming service. Called, Sling Kids, the channel offers new on-demand content as part of its… Read More

  • Play My Way app aims to turn kids’ love of mobile devices on its head

    Play My Way app aims to turn kids’ love of mobile devices on its head

    Parents despairing of ever being able to separate their offspring from the mobile devices glued to their fingertips might be interested in an app called Play My Way that’s being built by a startup from Lebanon and designed to interrupt other apps with a little worthy educational content. Read More