Google's Family Link Tool to Recommend Teacher-Approved Apps
Google hopes a new feature in its Family Link app will help parents find apps that are recommended by educators. Google says it is adding a new card to the Family Link app that highlights what Google calls "nutritious" apps, or apps recommended by teachers. Parents can read more about recommended apps on their own phone and then tap to download those they approve to their child's phone or tablet. Google says the new Family Link card is available in the U.S. with a focus on apps for kids ages 6 through 9. Google expects to expand the tool to more countries over time.
YouTube Kids to Give Parents More Control
Apr 25, 2018
YouTube has updates in store for its YouTube Kids service that will provide parents with more granular control over what their children can find and watch. Beginning immediately, Google's partners will cull together "collections of trusted channels" that range across topics such as music, sports, and arts and crafts so parents can pick and choose which their children are allowed to watch.
Facebook Says Parents Can Trust Its 'Messenger Kids' Service
Dec 4, 2017
Facebook today rolled out a new messaging service for children under the age of 13. Messenger Kids is a mobile application that gives kids the power to communicate via text and video with approved family members and friends.
Google Overhauls YouTube Kids App for Mobile Devices
Nov 2, 2017
Google today pushed out a significant update to its YouTube Kids mobile application, giving both kids and their parents new features to enjoy. For example, kids can create their own profiles each with a customized appearance.
Verizon Launches the GizmoWatch for Kids
Verizon Wireless today announced the GizmoWatch, a second-generation smart wearable that targets children ages 3 to 11. The device is primarily meant to serve as a location tracker for parents.
Republic Wireless Relay Is a Google-Powered, Walkie-Talkie Phone for Kids
Dec 7, 2017
Republic Wireless today announced the Relay, a simple, screenless device meant to help young children communicate with their parents and other family members. The Relay is small, puck-like speakerphone with a single large button.