China’s revamped law bans online services that ‘induce addiction’ in kids

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China is implementing stricture measures in its bid to keep kids away from addictive digital content. The state-backed news agency Xinhua reported (via Reuters) that China has voted for revamped law that will ban internet products and services…

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Amazon FreeTime is now called Amazon Kids

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Amazon is revamping FreeTime and FreeTime Unlimited, its curated, kid-friendly experiences on Amazon Fire tablets and other devices. It’s giving them clearer names (Amazon Kids and Amazon Kids+ respectively), and it’s adding more features and content…

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‘Connected’ is a kids’ movie about the dangers of tech obsession

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For all the potential that AI and robotics hold, there’s still plenty of fear around the negative impacts they could have on society, as well as concerns that we already spend too much time staring at screens. Sony Pictures plans to capitalize on tha…

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Amazon’s Fire tablets for kids are back to their lowest-ever pricing

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Now might be a good time to go shopping if you’re looking for a tablet to keep your kids entertained and educated. Amazon has dropped the prices on its Kids Edition tablets to Black Friday levels, making them tempting options if you’re looking for a…

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Arcade Coder teaches kids to build games for the whole family

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Tech Will Save Us (TWSU), the company behind cool kids’ STEM kits, has launched a new flagship product designed to get kids into game design. The Arcade Coder is a 12-inch by 12-inch board with 144 fully programmable and controllable multi-colored LE…

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Technology alone won’t make your kids smarter

By children, design, Education, educational app, educational games, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, kids, parenting, parentingtech2019, personal computing, personalcomputing, services

Ever plop your kids in front of some purportedly educational screen-based thing because you need 15 minutes of peace? Maybe, like me, you say to yourself, “It’s 15 minutes. It’s an educational app. It’s not so bad. I just need to start dinner.” There…

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Blipblox is a synth made for kids that adults will like too

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Blipblox is a synthesizer designed for children. The company behind it, Playtime Engineering, even calls it a toy. And it certainly looks like one. It’s made out of bright, glossy, primary-colored plastic. The large knobs and buttons are cle…

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Juul faces House investigation over teen e-cigarette use

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Juul is facing even more heat over concerns that it’s contributing to teen vaping. The House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy has opened an investigation into the “youth e-cigarette epidemic” that could determine if Juul had marketed its…

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Apple will reportedly limit third-party tracking in kids apps

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As tech companies grapple with safety and privacy concerns, Apple will reportedly limit third-party tracking in kids apps starting next week. While the company hasn’t announced the change, a source told The Wall Street Journal that it’s in the works….

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Amazon adds Spanish options to its kid-friendly FreeTime Unlimited

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Amazon is expanding its kid-friendly FreeTime and FreeTime Unlimited features by adding Spanish-language media. FreeTime Unlimited is a subscription service starting at $3/month that includes a range of content for kids to enjoy, while parents…

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Facebook’s Messenger Kids app lets children start friend requests

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Facebook’s Messenger Kids app has so far been strict about adding friends. Early on, it even required that children count their parents as friends. The social network is ready to loosen things up, however… if only a bit. It’s giving its Android…

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Facebook offers educators lessons to teach kids online responsibility

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It’s important for all of us to stay safe and act responsibly when we’re online, and that holds doubly true for young people. To help educators teach kids how to be more mindful when they use the internet, Facebook has released a batch of resources i…

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