kids

  • Facebook’s child-friendly texting app Messenger Kids arrives on Android

    Facebook’s child-friendly texting app Messenger Kids arrives on Android

    Facebook’s controversial app Messenger Kids, which lets parents control who kids can talk to, is today rolling out to Android devices in the U.S. with its launch on Google Play. The app will also now include a variety of new features for Valentine’s Day, like themed masks, stickers and frames, so kids can send special Valentine’s messages to their friends and family. Android… Read More

  • Why I decided to install Messenger Kids

    Why I decided to install Messenger Kids

    I’ve been struggling with whether or not to download Facebook’s new app aimed at children, Messenger Kids, onto my daughter’s iPad. This weekend, I took the plunge. I sat with her as she typed her first message and sent a selfie. I watched as she discovered GIFs. I wasn’t sure I had done the right thing. No one wants to surrender their kids to online social networks… Read More

  • DreamWorksTV launches its first over-the-top streaming service on Amazon Channels

    DreamWorksTV launches its first over-the-top streaming service on Amazon Channels

    Awesomeness, the digital media company acquired by Comcast for $3.8 billion in 2016, is today bringing kid-friendly programming, including original content, to Amazon Prime subscribers with the launch of DreamWorksTV on Amazon Channels. The new subscription service is aimed at kids ages 6 through 12 and will cost $4.99 per month after a 7-day free trial period. Until now, DreamWorksTV has… Read More

  • Google is shutting down Chrome’s parental control features, replacement to launch later this year

    Google is shutting down Chrome’s parental control features, replacement to launch later this year

    Google is preparing to launch a new set of parental control features for users of its Chrome browser. The announcement was made in an email sent this week to users of its current system for parental controls and other restrictions called “Chrome Supervised Users,” which is soon shutting down. Read More

  • Facebook brings Messenger Kids to Fire tablets

    Facebook brings Messenger Kids to Fire tablets

    Messenger Kids, Facebook’s new app designed to allow those under the age of 13 to more safely communicate thanks to parental controls, is today launching on Fire tablets. The service had originally debuted on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch in early December, but today’s launch will also see it arrive on the Amazon Appstore in the U.S., as well. The app’s debut has not been… Read More

  • Wonderschool gets $2.1M to bring its early childhood programs to New York City

    Wonderschool gets $2.1M to bring its early childhood programs to New York City

    Wonderschool, a network of in-home daycare and preschools, plans to open 150 programs in New York City after raising $2.1 million in new funding. The capital comes from non-profit investment firm Omidyar Network, Be Curious Partners, Rethink Education, Edelweiss Partners and Learn Capital and brings the startup’s total raised so far to more than $4 million, including a seed round… Read More

  • Two large Apple shareholders say it needs to research the impact of smartphones on kids

    Two large Apple shareholders say it needs to research the impact of smartphones on kids

    Two of Apple’s institutional shareholders, hedge fund Jana Partners and California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), are calling on the company to study the impact of smartphone use on child development. In an open letter, the two investors said that after reviewing research, they believe that Apple needs to give parents more resources and software tools to make sure… Read More

  • Pixel art coloring book apps are the newest App Store craze

    Pixel art coloring book apps are the newest App Store craze

    Has your kid bugged you to let them download Sandbox Coloring? You’re probably not alone. The latest trend blowing up on the App Store is a new twist on the coloring book apps that have been popular for a couple of years. Now, instead of having users pick and choose their colors as before, this new group of coloring book apps – four of which recently snagged spots in the App… Read More

  • Parenting Hero helps parents figure out how to talk to their kids

    Parenting Hero helps parents figure out how to talk to their kids

    Parenting Hero is an app created on the premise no matter how many parenting books you read, a lot of that knowledge vacates your brain when faced with an indignant child on the verge of a meltdown. The app, currently available on iOS, takes tenets from the book “How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7” and presents them in… Read More

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