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Viacom-owned kids streaming service Noggin acquires educational app Sparkler

Viacom-owned kids streaming service Noggin acquires educational app Sparkler Viacom’s Nickelodeon is doubling down on the educational aspects of its preschooler-focused streaming service, Noggin, with the acquisition of the early childhood learning platform Sparkler. Announced on Friday, the deal will see Sparkler’s technology integrated into Noggin over the next year, and makes […]

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Google’s search data shows YouTube’s influence over this season’s hottest toys

Google’s search data shows YouTube’s influence over this season’s hottest toys 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 ten […]

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Teen debit card Current now acts more like a real bank account

Teen debit card Current now acts more like a real bank account 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 […]

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Google and Disney launch interactive Little Golden Books that work with Google Home

Google and Disney launch interactive Little Golden Books that work with Google Home Today’s kids are too young to remember Disney’s read-along books and records, which combined narration and sounds with physical books to make reading more entertaining. But they may have laid their hands on more modern sound books that have […]

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Pew: A majority of U.S. teens are bullied online

Pew: A majority of U.S. teens are bullied online A majority of U.S. teens have been subject to online abuse, according to a new study from Pew Research Center, out this morning. Specifically, that means they’ve experienced at least one of a half-dozen types of online cyberbullying, including name-calling, being subject to […]

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Google’s parental control software Family Link expands to teens

Google’s parental control software Family Link expands to teens Google’s parental control software for mobile devices, Family Link, will now help parents of teenagers, too. The company announced this morning the addition of new features aimed at parents of children over the age of 13. Perhaps the most controversial choice Google has […]

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Streaming service VRV adds NickSplat, a channel featuring classic 90’s Nickelodeon TV

Streaming service VRV adds NickSplat, a channel featuring classic 90’s Nickelodeon TV VRV, a fandom-focused digital streaming service, has signed a deal with Viacom and Nickelodeon to launch a new streaming channel dedicated to Nick’s classic 90’s shows and more. The new channel, called NickSplat (yes really), will stream via VRV as […]

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Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition gains new skills from Disney and others

Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition gains new skills from Disney and others Amazon is today rolling out a set of new features to its Echo Dot Kids Edition devices – the now $70 version of the Echo Dot smart speaker that ships with a protective case and a year’s subscription to Amazon […]

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Amazon Rapids, the chat fiction for kids, is now free

Amazon Rapids, the chat fiction for kids, is now free Amazon Rapids, the chat fiction that encourages kids to read by presenting stories in the form of text message conversations, is now going free. Previously, Amazon had been charging $2.99 per month for a subscription that allows unlimited access to its story […]

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Subscription startup Kidbox launches its own clothing lines

Subscription startup Kidbox launches its own clothing lines Kidbox, a subscription clothing box similar to Stitch Fix – but aimed at parents who dislike kids’ clothes shopping (aka all of us) – is now launching its own private label kids’ brands. At launch, the three clothing brands – Miki B., Kid’s Club, […]

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