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  • 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