Circle with Disney raises $10 million for its parental control device for families

 Circle Media, the company behind Circle with Disney – a device that helps parents enforce their home’s internet rules and restrictions – has raised $10 million in Series A funding, the company announced this morning. The round was led by early stage venture fund Relay Ventures. There was other private equity investment in the round, but the parties didn’t want to… Read More

US senator wants to make sure the FTC takes smart toys seriously

It's not just parents that are worrying about the security of connected toys. Senator Mark Warner has sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission grilling it about efforts to protect kids' privacy when they use smart toys like the CloudPets you se…

‘Coding Jam’ uses musical blocks to teach kids programming concepts

Last year, Osmo expanded its iPad-based children's learning system with a program that teaches kids to code by linking tangible tiles with on-screen commands. Now the company's expanded its platform with Coding Jam, an add-on that assigns musical ton…

Amazon FreeTime comes to Android to distract more kids

Amazon FreeTime is bound to entertain a lot more kids than it used to now that it's available on Android phones and tablets. The subscription service for kids and tweens could only be accessed through Kindles, Fire tablets and Fire TVs before this. N…

Samsung’s latest app could help curb your kid’s screen addiction

Samsung has an idea for how to encourage kids to use their devices responsibly. With its Marshmallow app (not the outdated version of Android), kids earn points by following their self-set usage plan. With the application installed and running, kids…

YouTube Kids brings cartoons and bright colors to your smart TV

YouTube Kids' mobile app is fine if your young ones are content to watch videos on a tablet, but what if you just want to plunk them down on the couch to watch on the big screen? You can after today. YouTube is trotting out a version of the Kids app…

YouTube Kids comes to smart TVs

 YouTube Kids, the application offering a filtered version of YouTube that’s more kid-friendly, is now natively available on the big screen for the first time, Google announced today. Previously a mobile-only application, YouTube Kids will now be offered on a range of smart TVs, including those from LG, Samsung and Sony. Read More

Google’s parental control software Family Link hits iOS

 In March, Google introduced its own parental control software for parents of kids with Android devices called Family Link – but there was a bit of a catch. In order for the system to work, it required that both parent and child use Android. That has now changed, as the parents’ app for configuring and monitoring the child’s device usage has just arrived on iOS devices. That… Read More