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Spotify Kids hands parents more control as it lands in Japan and Germany

Spotify’s Kids app remains in beta, but refinement continues.

What you need to know Spotify now gives parents more control over what content their kids can access. In the Kids app, parents can now block certain songs or albums. Spotify Kids will also now be made available in Germany and Japan as the rollout continues.

Spotify continues to develop its Kids app, an offshoot of its premium service that’s aimed to give parents a child-friendly subset of  [Read More…]

Google’s new Read Along app will appeal to privacy conscious parents

Google is speeding up the development of new tools to enable better learning from home.

What you need to know Google’s new Read Along app wants to help reluctant readers grow. A reading budding Ziya and a badge system will provide reinforcement and motivation respectively. For parents, a lack of IAPs and ads may aid in peace of mind.

Alongside a Lens update for learning foreign languages earlier today, Google is also rolling out a new Read  [Read More…]

TikTok’s Family Pairing gives parents remote control over teen accounts

With Family Pairing, parents now have remote access to restrictions.

What you need to know TikTok has introduced a new Family Pairing feature. Parents will have the power to control who their kids can talk to, as well as limiting screentime and restricting inappropriate content. It’s rolling out within the coming weeks.

Social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok are going to get a lot more use as children and adults increasingly become housebound. With that  [Read More…]

This smart router is a godsend for parents in 2020, and it’s on sale now

In this time of social distancing, you and your kids are likely spending much more time around the house and on the internet. Beyond typical internet dangers like malware and hackers, parents now face the challenges of keeping their kids safe from inappropriate content, social media addiction, and boundless screen time. If you’re wary of malicious online invaders or you’ve noticed your child is spending too much time online, it’s time to take back control of your home  [Read More…]

TikTok will now let parents limit their kids’ access to the app

It’s also adding a new Screen Time Management in Feed feature.

What you need to know TikTok is adding two new improvements to the service to promote digital wellbeing. The first is Family Safety Mode, aimed at helping parents police the contents their kids can watch. The second is Screen Time Management in Feed. The firm will partner with creators to produce in-app prompts while on the feed to encourage users to put their phones down.

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A parent’s guide to buying a new PlayStation 4 for Christmas

Buying a new PlayStation 4 for the holidays this year? You’ll want to get it all set up before gifting it.

Buying a new console can be intimidating, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the technology. I know people in my own family who can’t tell the different between an Xbox One or PlayStation 4. I’ve even had relatives combine the names and ask if I wanted anything for the “PlayStation One.” This is more common than some  [Read More…]

Phone grips aren’t just cool for kids, they’re great for parents, too

Phone grips aren’t just a cutesy way to spice up your kid’s case; they’re an easy investment in your kid’s clumsy hands.

Phone grips might seem like an unnecessary add-on — “How could you possibly need help holding onto a phone?” — but I just have a few questions for you. How often does your child drop their phone? How often do you see them hunched over their phone to watch a video instead of propping the  [Read More…]

5 things parents need to know about buying their kid a phone

Buying your kid a new phone? Read this first.

Buying a new phone is a big decision — especially if you’re buying one for your kid. Ensuring your child has a way to stay connected to friends and family is becoming more and more important these days, but with so many handsets out there vying for your attention and dollars, it can be difficult to decide which one is really best for your kid.

That’s where we  [Read More…]

Kindle for Kids bundles offer parents peace of mind at a new low price

This 8th generation Kindle device might just become your child’s most helpful tool.

Starting your kid off as an early reader can do wonders for them later in life, but these days it’s even harder to get kids to choose a book when they’d rather be on one of their devices, whether that be a smartphone, a video game console, or a computer. With the Kindle for Kids Bundle, you can fool the system with a device that’s made  [Read More…]

Amazon now allows parents to remotely control FreeTime settings

No more snooping over your kid’s shoulder.

When it comes to parental controls for mobile gadgets, Amazon’s FreeTime system is one of the best around. FreeTime allows parents to set a number of limits on their children’s Fire Tablets, but until now, these settings were only accessible on the tablet itself.

Starting today, however, Amazon is giving parents remote access to these things.

By going to the Amazon Parent Dashboard from a phone, tablet, or desktop, parents  [Read More…]