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How much time should kids spend with screens? New advice for a digital age

The American Academy of Pediatrics is catching up with the times.<p>Back in 2011, it issued a policy called "Media Use By Children Younger Than 2 Years," which recommended no more than two hours of screen time a day for kids older than 2, and discouraged any time at all in front of a screen for …

Digital Age

Coding Class, Then Naptime: Computer Science For The Kindergarten Set

Back when Grant Hosford's older daughter was in first grade, she signed up for an extracurricular class, building robots with a programmable Lego toy called Mindstorms. Hosford, a dot-com entrepreneur, came to visit the class and was startled to see that Naomi, who loves science and math, was both …

Los Angeles

Toddlers Are Already Pros With Tablets And Smartphones, Study Finds

Toddlers and preschoolers are often left to their own mobile devices, with half enjoying their very own TV by the tender age of 4 and more than three-quarters regularly using their own mobile devices, researchers said Monday.<p>Most are starting before they are even a year old — and by age 3, they’re …

Mobile Devices

'Circle With Disney' Locks Down Kids' Devices From Afar

In 2013, Jelani Memory joined the ranks of Kickstarter hopefuls with Circle, a device to help families manage screen time. It didn't work out. As it …

Download These Apps to Keep Young Kids Happy While Traveling

Electronic babysitter, commence. Each of these apps will provide enough entertainment and learning opportunities to make everyone happy.<p><i>This post originally appeared on</i> Map Happy<i>.</i><p>Making sure the tots are occupied while traveling is key to their enjoyment, your enjoyment and fellow passengers' …

How Google Is Teaching Kids to Code With Toy Blocks

Google is teaching the building blocks of code with a simple, kid-friendly toy.<p>If you hope your kid will grow up to become a star developer, the earlier you can get their brains thinking in code, the better.<p>At the same time, many parents try to limit how much time their children spend behind …

Stanford University

Happy Atoms launches to teach kids about the wonders of molecules

While I absolutely despise most STEM toys I’m going to give Happy Atoms a pass simply because it is aimed at educators and not for the home market. Created by chemistry set maker Thames & Kosmos along with Pittsburgh-based Schell Games, Happy Atoms teaches kids about building molecules using …

Kids

In San Francisco, preschoolers can now learn STEM with 3D printing and laser cutters

San Francisco<p>A few weeks ago, at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) near San Francisco, 5-year-old Jack Stabenow climbed a step stool to peer into a machine that cuts cardboard with a high-powered laser. The red beam precisely followed a squiggly building design that Jack had just finger-drawn on …

Makerspaces

5 Things You Should Know Before Letting Your Kids Play Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is here, and parents should study up<p>Pokémon Go is pretty much everywhere lately and it has a lot of parents scratching their heads. What …

Pokémon

Three amazing games.

Includes:<p>Creative<br>Board<p>Dry Erase<br>Markers<p>Fuzzy<br>Pouch<p>Monster<br>Game<p>Masterpiece<br>Game<p>Newton<br>Game<p>iPad iPhone<p>Osmo Base not included and required to play the …

Creativity

This Creativity App Is Great for iPad-Obsessed Kids

A few years ago, a story surfaced about how the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs wouldn’t let his children use iPads. Like so many other surprising …

Kids

The future of smart toys and the battle for digital children

As smart toys gain popularity, many are hoping that when technology becomes less visible play will come to the fore<p>Maura Sparks is sitting on stage with a small, blue plastic creature on her lap. This is the first prototype of Smarty, she explains, a voice-controlled digital assistant Sparks hopes …

San Francisco

One in three children send naked selfies online because parents let them 'roam free' on the internet

Children are being bullied, lured into sharing sexually pictures and groomed by abusers online because parents have left them to “roam free” on the internet, the Government’s young people’s tsar has warned.<p>Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, said “wholly irresponsible” adults …

Fake News

Super cute little Elmo robot wants to teach kids to code

LAS VEGAS — Elmo's coming to Sesame Street with a brand new set of wheels.<p>On Tuesday, WowWee showed off ELMOJI, its upcoming robotic collaboration …

Kids

5 Tips On Getting Kids To Spend Less Time “Plugged-In”

Kids and technology tends to be a familiar topic here on Mother. We live in fast times, and it seems as though new developments in phones, tablets, …

Google's new app lets parents control how kids are using their phones

You can do pretty much anything on a smartphone nowadays. That’s generally a good thing, but it can present a tough balancing problem for parents who want to give young children access to technology while still keeping tabs on what they’re doing.<p>Google’s new Android app, Family Link, aims to solve …

This dad created an app that freezes your kids' phones until they answer your texts

Parents of teens know that cell phones can be a great way to keep in touch when their kids are out and about. That is, unless they get distracted and "forget" to respond, which leaves you in a state of panic. Luckily, one dad is here to help.<p>Nick Herbert created the app ReplyASAP after getting fed …

Apps

7 super cool tech toys we saw at the London Toy Fair 2018

Technology and toys go together like, well, kids and toys, so it’s no surprise to find the London Toy Fair 2018 brimming with tech-infused, …

How to Turn Your Old iPhone Into a Cute Minimalistic Feature Phone

If you still own an iPhone 4, chances are it’s sitting in a drawer somewhere gathering dust. You’ve probably thought about throwing it out, but now …

Apps

Inside Relay, the Anti-Smartphone for Kids

Republic Wireless's Relay device tries to get kids out of the house and off their screens. But can it fight the siren song of the iPhone?<p>PCMag …

ABCmouse.com Review

With many educational programs and apps available for preschoolers, how do you know which ones are worth your time? ABCmouse.com is a …

For Kids

Baby Loves Coding!

Can Baby think like a coder to fix her train? As a precursor to learning programming languages and syntax, <i>Baby Loves Coding</i> presents the concepts of …

For Kids

Barnyard Babies with Dr. Pol Video Series

Wild Beats<p>Farm Animals feat. DJ Ecotone - Ep. 5<p>Farm animals sound supercute, but you won’t believe how they sound when DJ Ecotone spins his beats. Check out this video by DJ Ecotone that features cows, horses, cats, and goats!

Farm Animals

Can high tech gadgets protect your kids?

Top 5 - Smart Toys & Gadgets For Kids

7 Best Gadgets For Kids & Smart Toys 2017

Child development experts urge Facebook to pull Messenger Kids app

More than 110 child-health advocates have called on Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to pull the firm’s Messenger Kids app aimed at under 13s, warning of the dangers of social media for children.<p>In an open letter led by the Boston-based Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood, signed by …

Social Media

Gadget which helps children as young as four count steps is one of Hamleys must-have gifts

A gadget which helps children as young as four years old count their steps is set to be one of the must-have gifts of the year, according to Hamleys.<p>The £43 smartwatch, made my electronic toy company VTech, features a pedometer designed to help kids track how much walking and running they are doing.<p>…

10 gizmos and gifts to encourage kids to learn to code

<i>Welcome to the 2016 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide! We’ll be rolling out a bunch of guides leading up to Christmas, hopefully making your holiday shopping a little easier. Looking for gifts for others on your list? Check out our full 2016 Gift Guide Hub.</i><p>Think you’ve got a budding coder in your house?<p>…

Kids

This robot is a smart toy designed to help children with developmental disabilities learn better

The robot has been designed to help children with autism and other disabilities learn and communicate better.<p>CES 2017 is under way and the tech …