Guest Post What follows are 10 questions that every developer should ask herself over the next couple weeks in order to conduct an internal COPPA audit and ensure compliance.
LaunchPad Toys just released a new app, Toontastic Jr. Shrek, and has partnered with DreamWorks Animation. The goal is to make content creation accessible to kids at a very young age.
Editor’s Pick “I have two kids, nine and six, a boy and a girl. And they’re exposed to so much technology. But their schools haven’t changed in 50 years. They’re teaching the same stuff in different ways.”
Qustodio, which creates software that lets parents see into a child’s browsing behavior and application use on many devices, received $1 million in seed funding today.
Tablets and smartphone are often heralded as more efficient forms of technology,unless your kids are using them to watch R-rated movies or anything containing naked bodies unbeknownst to you.
Internet filters and parental controls for sexual content are only a half measure when it comes to protecting children who use the Internet.
Editor’s Pick “When I first saw a thinspiration blog, all I wanted to do was get it shut down. Then I saw how much my friends were getting from it. This wasn’t my battle; it was theirs.”
Daily deals for mom’s site Zulily has raised $85 million from Andreessen Horowitz.
ToyTalk has raised $11.5 million for its talking teddybears, created by former Pixar CTO and SRI scientist.
Online nanny booking service UrbanSitter raises $6 million to fuel national growth
Streaming video service Netflix has a vast selection of movies and television shows, the majority of which probably isn’t appropriate for younger children or requires supervision. For that reason, the company has created its own “Just For Kids” user interface, which Netflix is now making available on its iPad app today.
Children app developer Duck Duck Moose raises $7M Series A
Facebook has added a new status option to allow couples to mark the very significant time in their lives when they are expecting a baby. It is, of course, called “Expecting a baby.”
The problem with kids these days is … actually a problem with smartphones. Parents are hard-pressed to find a safe way let kids have the smart-gadgets they really want. Kyte, however, believes it has found a solution for Android phones.
MeMeTales wants to make reading “the funnest thing ever.” Yep, the funnest. The mobile application launched its publishing product today, with the intent of roping kids into a love of reading.
When you and I were kids, we played with (and learned from) toys like Lego and handmade puppets. These days, kids are turning to digital gadgets like the iPad.
If you were in any doubt that technology is now a fundamental part of kids’ lives, these statistics prove it: 69 percent of children aged 2-5 can use a computer mouse, but only 11 percent can tie their own shoelaces. More young children know how to play a computer game (58 percent) than swim (20 percent) or ride a bike (52 percent). There is no gender divide. Boys and girls under the age of 5 were equally adept at using technology.
Here’s a little peace of mind for parents worrying about what their kids are doing online. SafetyWeb, a service that lets parents track their child’s activity on the Web, announced today that it has secured a second round of funding for $8 million. The funding will be used to expand the company’s marketing and partnership efforts.