Winnie helps parents find family-friendly places, share their experiences

A new mobile app called Winnie is launching today to make parents’ lives a little easier, by offering information about nearby kid-friendly places, as well as detailing what sort of facilities f

New subscription service Circle Go lets parents manage kids’ devices outside the home

The company behind a device that helps parents enforce their home’s internet rules and restrictions, Circle with Disney, launched last winter in partnership with Disney for its included media c

Google Family Library goes live this summer, will allow families to share Google Play purchases

Apple device owners in the same family can share content like music, videos, e-books and apps through iCloud’s Family Sharing. Now, it appears that Android owners will have a similar option. Jus

Bark helps parents keep kids safe online without invading their privacy

Launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 is a new service called Bark, aimed at parents who want to keep their kids safe online. Unlike traditional “parental control” software or net

Court holds Amazon liable for years of unauthorized in-app purchases made by kids

In an entirely unsurprising ruling, a federal judge has sided with the FTC in the agency’s lawsuit against Amazon, which had said that the company did not do enough to safeguard customers agai

Top kids app maker Toca Boca sells to Spin Master, plans to launch subscription video service and toys

One of the world's largest children's mobile app makers, Toca Boca, whose studios have produced apps totalling over 140 million downloads, has been acquired. The company had originally operated like a

Apple’s iTunes Allowances will be shut down next month

Apple is discontinuing support for iTunes Allowances, the feature that allowed parents to send monthly credits to a recipient’s – meaning, their child’s – Apple ID for use in t

Glow Debuts A New App For Tracking Baby’s Milestones, Plus Plans For Premium Services

Glow, the company behind a suite of apps for tracking female and male fertility, pregnancy, menstruation, and sexual health, is again expanding its lineup with the launch of an application for new par

Even Barbie Has A Smart Home And Hoverboard Now

Consumers may have been slow to adopt smart home technology, but that’s not the case for Barbie. At the recent New York Toy Fair, Mattel unveiled a newly upgraded – and now tech-enabled &#

Mattel Unveils ThingMaker, A $300 3D Printer That Lets Kids Make Their Own Toys

At New York’s Toy Fair trade show over the weekend, Mattel unveiled its new, $300 3D Printer, the “ThingMaker,” which will allow children to print their own toys at home. The device

This Teddy Bear Could Have Exposed Your Child’s Identity

Are smart toys worth the risk? That's a question parents are asking themselves these days as they weigh the usefulness and delight that comes from cloud-connected toys, with the potential for them to

HBO Takes On Netflix With A New Kids Section Featuring “Sesame Street” And More

HBO’s quest to more directly compete with streaming service rivals like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu is kicking off this week, with the company’s launch of a new “Kids” section in

Postmates And Twitter Product Guru Sara Mauskopf Is Working On Parenting App Called “Winnie”

During stints at Postmates, Twitter, YouTube and Google, Sara Mauskopf has touched many of the products that you use on a daily basis. With that knowledge, having just left her recent post at Postmate

YouTube Kids Faces Further FTC Complaints Related To Junk Food Ads Targeting Young Children

Consumer watchdog groups announced today they've filed additional complaints with the FTC over the advertising content in the YouTube Kids application. The complains this time focus on how the app all

U.K. Kids Increasingly Credulous Online, Finds Ofcom

While there has been high profile U.K. government backing for furnishing the nation's youth with digital skills in recent years, including a requirement in the English national curriculum to start tea

Nick Allen Is Out As CEO Of Shuddle, Doug Aley Steps In To Lead ‘Uber For Kids’ Startup

The cost of competing against Uber can be high, and today comes news of another casualty in that race. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Nick Allen, the founder of Shuddle, has stepped down

Nabi Compete Is A New Fitness Tracker Designed For Kids

Fuhu, the company that makes the nabi tablets for kids - the ones with you immediately recognize thanks to their thick, red bumper - is today expanding into the world of wearables with the debut of th

Hatch Baby, Maker Of Smart Products For New Parents, Raises $7M Series A From True Ventures

Hatch Baby, whose Smart Changing Pad is due to ship soon, plans to conceive new tech-based services for parents after raising a $7 million Series A from True Ventures. Other participants in the rou

Consumer Watchdog Groups Complain Updated YouTube Kids App Still Exposes Children To Deceptive Ads

YouTube announced changes to its kid-friendly YouTube Kids mobile application this week designed to better educate parents on how the app works and the protections it offers, following a number of com

YouTube Addresses Complaints About Inappropriate Content In Updated YouTube Kids App

When YouTube first launched its dedicated "Kids" app earlier this year, parents welcomed the opportunity to be able to keep their children away from the more adult content found on the larger YouTube
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