A former judge and family law educator has teamed up with tech entrepreneurs to launch an app they hope will help divorced parents better manage their co-parenting disputes, communications, shared calendar and other decisions within a single platform. The app, called coParenter, aims to be more comprehensive than its competitors, while also leveraging a combination […]View More CoParenter helps divorced parents settle disputes using AI and human mediation
Foot Locker is taking a stake in the subscription-based shopping service, Rockets of Awesome – a startup that’s something of a “StitchFix for kids,” in that it sends out a personalized selection of children’s apparel in seasonal boxes, shipped to customers’ homes. The companies announced today that Foot Locker has made a $12.5 million minority […]View More Foot Locker takes a minority stake in kids clothing subscription service Rockets of Awesome
A new mobile banking startup called Step wants to help bring teenagers and other young adults into the cashless era. Today, cash is used less often, as more consumers shop online and send money to one another through payment apps like Venmo. But teenagers in particular are still heavily burdened with cash — even though […]View More Step targets teens and parents with a no-fees mobile bank account and Visa card
The specific patterns on Nanit’s Swaddle and Breathing Band were designed to be read by the Nanit Plus camera — in order to help you track your baby’s breathing motion. Read more…View More This baby wear is specifically designed to help parents monitor their child’s breathing
When 17-year-old transgender teen Leelah Acorn committed suicide in 2014, it made national headlines — and hit some parents painfully and particularly hard.
Roz Keith was one of those parents. Keith’s teenage son had just come out to her as trans a year earlier. She was in the middle of her own parenting journey, and it was “devastating and heartbreaking,” Keith told Mashable, to think that Acorn may have committed suicide “in part because she didn’t have parent support.” Acorn’s parents wouldn’t refer to Leelah as a girl. They had sent her to conversion therapy to help correct her gender identity. Read more…View More Ally Moms provide a critical lifeline for trans youth and their parents
Since its public debut in fall 2017, Google’s parental control software dubbed Family Link, has been steadily expanding, both in terms of its capabilities and its reach. Today, it’s making the jump beyond smartphones for the first time, with newly added support for Chromebook computers. As on Android devices, parents will now be able to […]View More Google’s parental control software Family Link now supports Chromebooks
If there was any doubt about YouTube’s power to influence children, look no further than this year’s list of the hottest holiday toys, based on Google shopping search data. According to the search giant, at least four of the top 10 most searched toys were among those heavily featured in YouTube unboxing videos — subsequently […]View More Google’s search data shows YouTube’s influence over this season’s hottest toys
Current, the app-controlled teen debit card that’s managed by parents, is starting to look more like a bank. Today, the startup announced it’s now adding to its debit account for teens support for routing and account numbers. That means working teens will be able to direct-deposit to their Current account their paychecks from after-school and […]View More Teen debit card Current now acts like a real bank account
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Today, technology receives more than just a casual mention in most parenting handbooks and mommy blogs. Parents of elementary school-age kids are in a particularly befuddling spot as their kids begin dabbling in digital devices both at school and at home. In some cases, parents report that their kids know how to navigate tech better than they can. At the same time, parents aren’t always sure how to introduce their kiddos to technology in a way that’s balanced, educational, and fosters growth and development
Amazon and Mashable are exploring how technology affects modern parenting. Be sure to check out the article on infants (babies between 0-12 months) and useful parenting tech here, and continue reading the series with this article about how kids in pre-K and kindergarten can start exploring digital technology. Read more…View More Teaching kids to be tech whizzes as early as elementary school
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Parenting in a digitally inundated environment presents dilemmas for many moms and dads. Should kids be able to use a tablet before their first day of kindergarten? How can parents teach their children to be responsible digital citizens? These are just a few of the questions that arise when it comes to exposing kids to technology.
According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), tech — when used “intentionally and appropriately,” of course — can provide “adaptive scaffolds to help children progress in skills development.” In other words, technology can be a useful aid to support kids’ learning, as it opens them up to new content, skills, ideas, and possibilities. Read more…View More Technology and young kids: What parents should know about pre-K kids and high-tech learning
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The first year of a baby’s life is filled with milestone moments: learning how to roll over, grasp objects, and of course, exciting forays into mobility like those first few wobbly steps.
But today, not only is “baby’s first [fill in the blank]” documented via home video — it’s also “liked” on social media, uploaded to the cloud, and sent to grandma instantly via shared photo albums. The fact that such technology is deeply ingrained into our modern lives brings up new considerations for parents: How can technology help parents during their baby’s first year?
Finding a way to integrate your parenting life with digital devices in a balanced way can set a foundation for healthy family interactions with technology for years to come. Here’s what the experts have to say. Read more…View More Helpful ways parents can use technology during their baby’s first year
Spotify has ended a test that required its family plan subscribers to verify their location, or risk losing accessing to its music streaming service. According to recent reports, the company sent out emails to its “Premium for Family” customers that asked them to confirm their locations using GPS. The idea here is that some customers […]View More Spotify ends test that required family plan subscribers to share their GPS location