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Weekend App: Keepy is a private Facebook-style platform for your children's memorable moments

Every parent knows the pain of throwing away a precious piece of art work created by their child. As much as you love to store every single scribble, there just isn't the room to keep every work of art crafted by their little hands. This problem of safekeeping art and storing memories is where...

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Jimmy Kimmel gives a 5-year-old a Sony tablet and the result is adorable

Arden Hayes is 5 years old. This past July he made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's show to show off his incredible knowledge of the US presidents. He's adorable and precocious, so naturally they had him on the show again. After showing off all the things his recently learned about world...

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My Beastly ABCs comes to the iPhone

My Beastly ABCs debuted in the App Store at the end of last year and was an instant hit. The interactive storybook teaches kids their ABCs as they follow a boy (and some monsters) throughout a day. Available initially for the iPad, Duncan Studio recently released an update that brings this...

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Parenting Tip: Photographing your children with your iPhone

As a parent, I think the iPhone is a fantastic camera. Although it doesn't have the optics of a DSLR, it's always in my pocket, ready to snap a photo at a moment's notice. My children are my favorite subject, but I must admit -- they are a challenge to photograph. Kids don't sit still, and the...

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iPad apps for young coders

Teaching your children to code should be high on the priority list for parents. To make this task easier, there are a growing number of tools that use visual elements to teach basic programming concepts to kids. AllThingsD recently reviewed two of these apps for the iPad, Kodable from SurfScore...

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Kids' iPad magazine Timbuktu rethinks in-app purchasing model

Timbuktu is an iPad magazine meant for children, and as our friends over at TechCrunch have noted, its developers recently rethought how it implements in-app purchases. The previous incarnation of Timbuktu (and most famously, Smurf Village, among others), made in-app purchases too tempting and...

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Securing your iOS device for your children, Part 3: removing apps, limiting social features and other safety options

There has been a string of high-profile cases where children have racked up thousands of dollars in credit card charges through in-app purchases. In these cases and others like them, the iOS devices used by the children have not been properly locked down by the parents. In the first post of...

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Dear parents, it's not Apple's In-App Purchase problem, it's yours

Dear parents, Week after week we see articles about someone's child racking up thousands of dollars' worth of In-App purchases on their parents' iTunes account. You know the stories. They're ones like this: Five-year-old spends $2,500 on in-app purchases. And this: Apple's in-app game...

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UK cop turns in his son after Apple refuses to refund App Store spending spree

UK father and police officer Doug Crossan took an extreme measure when he discovered his 13-year-old-son had racked up £3,700 (USD$5600) via in-app purchases on the iOS App Store. After Apple refused to rescind the charges, Crossan decided his next best move was to report his son to the...

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Daily iPhone App: 7 Little Words for Kids is a well-made word game for youngsters

I'm a big fan of 7 Little Words, a word game that's different from the rest, in that you need to simply figure out vocabulary clues and match up syllables rather than playing Scrabble yet again or lining up letters. Now, the app's creator has returned with a version for children called...

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App maker Toca Boca acquires Zinc Roe

Swedish children's toy and game developer Toca Boca announced today that it is acquiring Zinc Roe, a Toronto-based design studio that creates websites, apps and games for children. The acquisition targeted Zinc Roe's talented development team and its popular Tickle Tap series. The financial...

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FTC says Apple isn't responsible for child privacy in apps

App makers and not Apple itself must ensure that their software gets parental permission before sharing private information of minors, the Federal Trade Commission has decided. The final wording of the FTC's Children's Online Privacy Protection Act says that Apple won't have to actively police...

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Daily iPad App: Beastly ABCs is a delightful way to teach your child their alphabet

Young children may still sing the traditional alphabet song, but many now learn their ABCs using alternative methods. One of the more creative ways for kids to learn their ABCs is the new narrative learning app My Beastly ABCs from Duncan Studio. My Beastly ABCs is an interactive and...

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FTC looking into privacy issues relating to childrens apps

With more and more kids using smartphones these days, the issue of digital privacy for the younger generation is reaching a fever pitch. As The Associated Press reports, the Federal Trade Commission recently investigated approximately 400 smartphone apps aimed at children to see just what kinds of...

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iBuku Pets lets you recycle your old iPhone by giving it to your kids

Rather than toss their old iPhone or iPod touch into the trash, an increasing number of parents are giving their worn down devices to their children as toys. I have to agree that an iPod touch with the right apps can be an enjoyable play thing for your little one, but that device is not made...

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