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Here's how middle schoolers will impact business in the future

Mobile app development has made a dramatic shift in a very short period of time. Only a few years ago, developers were building apps for the most portable device of that time: a laptop. Today, of the 19 million software developers worldwide, 8.7 million are now writing apps targeted for mobile devices.

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Big data, little kids, and the parents in between

Perhaps parents ought to be the final arbiters of all data collection on our kids. The more informed we are of what’s being tracked, the better we can make choices to keep our kids safe in this big data world.

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Why your 8-year-old should be coding

“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.”

Netflix adds ‘Just For Kids’ UI update to its iPad app

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.

Generation tech: More kids can play computer games than ride a bike

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.

SafetyWeb adds $8M more to keep your kid safe

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.