kids

  • Disney launches its own messaging app, Disney Mix, aimed at kids and families

    Disney launches its own messaging app, Disney Mix, aimed at kids and families

    Disney today is wading into the mobile messaging market with a new chat application called Disney Mix, aimed at kids, tweens and families. While the app will compete to some extent with popular messaging clients like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat and others, the goal with Disney Mix is to provide a safer alternative that’s built with the needs of kids in mind. That means the… Read More

  • YouTube Kids rolls out an ad-free option

    YouTube Kids rolls out an ad-free option

    YouTube Kids, the child-friendly version of YouTube’s service that launched last year and faced criticism for the way it handled advertisements, has today launched a version of the service that will offer parents the option to pay for an ad-free experience. Now, YouTube Kids will be bundled into the YouTube Red subscription program, a paid membership that offers a variety of… Read More

  • Google launches a kids’ map app that lets them explore 3D imagery of the Himalayas

    Google launches a kids’ map app that lets them explore 3D imagery of the Himalayas

    Google today released a new application designed to get kids to explore the world using maps and 3D imagery. The new app, which the company describes as “an experiment,” takes advantage of Google Maps’ 3D imagery of the Himalayas but combines it with a bit of gameplay to make the idea of zooming around the 3D scene more fun and engaging. Called “Verne: The… Read More

  • Rockets of Awesome makes shopping for kids’ clothes easier with home try-on and a personalized site

    Rockets of Awesome makes shopping for kids’ clothes easier with home try-on and a personalized site

    A new startup called Rockets of Awesome launching today wants to make shopping for kids’ clothing easier by offering to do it for you. Similar in concept something like StitchFix, which sends boxes of clothing free of charge for home try-on, Rockets of Awesome helps parents build their children’s wardrobe by sending seasonal selections, and only charging for those items… Read More

  • GoldieBlox’s new kids app aims to inspire the next generation of female coders

    GoldieBlox’s new kids app aims to inspire the next generation of female coders

    GoldieBlox, the educational toy, book and game maker best known for its line of engineering toys aimed at young girls, is expanding its digital footprint today with the launch of its first paid application: GoldieBlox: Adventures in Coding. As the name implies, the new app’s goal is to teach children, ages four and up, the fundamentals of coding through a puzzle-filled game. The… Read More

  • Apple launches coding camps for kids in its retail stores

    Apple launches coding camps for kids in its retail stores

    Apple this summer is expanding its lineup of Apple Camp sessions to include a new course that teaches children the basics of coding. Aimed at children ages 8 through 12, the new 3-day session will use software from Tynker to introduce concepts of block-based coding and will allow kids to program Sphero robots. These classes will be small – capped at around a dozen attendees –… Read More

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

    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 for families a location may have – like stroller access, quiet areas to nurse, changing tables, restrooms, and more. The idea is to make going out with your little ones less stressful… Read More

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

    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 content, will now allow parents to manage children’s devices outside the home. The company announced this morning the launch of a subscription-based companion service called Circle Go… Read More

  • The average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10.3 years

    The average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10.3 years

    This week I ended up with an advance copy of Influence Central’s new report called Kids & Tech: The Evolution of Today’s Digital Natives. The report details the way kids are using technology and reveals some interesting insights including that the average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10.3 years of age and that tablets are kids’ device of… Read More

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