kids

  • Amazon FreeTime comes to Android phones and tablets

    Amazon FreeTime comes to Android phones and tablets

    Amazon’s FreeTime service, which includes access to curated kid-friendly content and various parental controls, is now arriving on Android devices with the launch of a new FreeTime Android app. The app offers parents a similar set of parental controls as those found on Amazon’s Fire tablet devices, as well as a handpicked selection of over 40,000 YouTube videos and websites that… Read More

  • YouTube Kids comes to smart TVs

    YouTube Kids comes to smart TVs

    YouTube Kids, the application offering a filtered version of YouTube that’s more kid-friendly, is now natively available on the big screen for the first time, Google announced today. Previously a mobile-only application, YouTube Kids will now be offered on a range of smart TVs, including those from LG, Samsung and Sony. Read More

  • Google’s parental control software Family Link hits iOS

    Google’s parental control software Family Link hits iOS

    In March, Google introduced its own parental control software for parents of kids with Android devices called Family Link – but there was a bit of a catch. In order for the system to work, it required that both parent and child use Android. That has now changed, as the parents’ app for configuring and monitoring the child’s device usage has just arrived on iOS devices. That… Read More

  • Boomerang launches a $5 per month cartoon streaming service

    Boomerang launches a $5 per month cartoon streaming service

    Time Warner’s Turner and Warner Bros. have joined the now-crowded market of subscription-based streaming services with the launch of Boomerang, a $5 per month service that streams both classic cartoons and current series. Boomerang’s catalog will offer shows from Warner Bros.’ Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM animation library of over 5,000 titles, which includes new… Read More

  • 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

  • Kidizen raises $3.2M for a kids’ clothes resale app with a social twist

    Kidizen raises $3.2M for a kids’ clothes resale app with a social twist

    Kidizen, a marketplace for secondhand children’s apparel, has raised $3.2 million in Series A funding, the company announced today. The funding was led by Chicago-based Origin Ventures, which backed the startup following its more than 100 percent year-over-year growth in 2016 — which has allowed the business to reach more than a quarter million registered users across 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

  • Greenlight is a debit card for kids that parents manage from their phones

    Greenlight is a debit card for kids that parents manage from their phones

    Greenlight, a three-year-old, Atlanta, Ga.-based startup, is trying to solve a problem that any parent of an elementary or junior high school student can well understand: how to give kids money without worrying that they’ll lose it or spend it on something they shouldn’t. It isn’t the first reloadable, prepaid card. MasterCard, Visa and American Express each offer… 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

  • Hulu launches user profiles on mobile

    Hulu launches user profiles on mobile

    In December, Hulu announced the debut of user profiles in order to make its streaming TV service more personalized to end users, offering each user their own Watchlist, viewing history and recommendations based on their activity and interests. At the time of launch, the feature wasn’t broadly available, however. That’s now changing, as Hulu has just rolled out user profiles to… 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