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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.

mixpanel kids survey

65% of parents snoop on kids’ smartphones, and 29% track their location

It’s not just the the NSA or FBI that today’s kids have to worry about snooping on their phones and tracking their locations. Their parents are doing a fine job of that all on their own, thank you very much.A new Harris Interactive poll finds that 65 percent of kids aged 8 to 12 say their parents check their smartphone, while a third of their parents track their locations. Those numbers go down with age, but even up to 17, 43 percent of parents are checking their kids’ phones, and over a third, 35 percent, are doing it without their kids knowledge.As a parent of two teenagers, I find that interesting. I haven’t actually ever checked my 17-year-old daughter’s phone, with or without her knowledge, but I can imagine circumstances in which I’d be sorely tempted.Here’s all the data:[gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="840022,840023,840024,840025"]The media-fueled furor over sexting and other smartphone infractions has certainly had an impact on parent’s behavior with their kids’ mobile devices, but just four percent of teen’s texts involve adult or sexual content, and only two percent contain images. Another two percent of texts from teens contain references to drugs, according to TxtWatcher, which makes a parental spying app that allows parents to keep an eye on what their kids are communicating.According to Harris, A quarter of kids under 17 have a “smartphone contract” with their parents governing what they can or can’t do, and another 19 percent have a curfew after which the device must switched off. For those under 12 with passwords on their phones, just under half must share them with their parents.And in school?Almost half of kids are texting while in class, parents believe, while slightly fewer kids actually admit to it. Which doesn’t, of course, mean that the texts aren’t about legitimate schoolwork questions — although most schools will confiscate devices used in class for a day or two.A quarter of kids aged 8-12 own a smartphone, which rises to 61 percent of teens age 13-18. About 52 percent of adults own a smartphone.

tynker interview

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.

The InTek

These teenagers are trying to take my job (video)

While attending the 2011 Fall Demo conference in Santa Clara, I was startled by the sight of a young man helping himself to coffee in between interviews with startup founders and venture capitalists in the conference Green Room. It’s my job to drink coffee and do interviews. What’s more, he was way better dressed than me. Feeling threatened, I went to tower over him in my four inch heels.