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Google’s Family Link software now recommends ‘teacher-approved’ apps – TechCrunch

Google’s Family Link software now recommends ‘teacher-approved’ apps – TechCrunch Google today is expanding the capabilities of its Android parental control software, Family Link, to go beyond helping parents better manage their child’s device and app usage. Now, the Family Link app will also help parents learn about what apps …

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Jiobit launches its more secure, modular child location tracker starting at $100 – TechCrunch

Jiobit launches its more secure, modular child location tracker starting at $100 – TechCrunch To date, child location trackers have failed to live up to consumer expectations. They’ve arrived as oversized, bulky watches too large for little wrists, and some have even been designed so insecurely, that it would be …

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WhatsApp raises minimum age to 16 in Europe ahead of GDPR – TechCrunch

WhatsApp raises minimum age to 16 in Europe ahead of GDPR – TechCrunch Tech giants are busy updating their T&Cs ahead of the EU’s incoming data protection framework, GDPR. Which is why, for instance, Facebook-owned Instagram is suddenly offering a data download tool. You can thank European lawmakers for being …

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Kidbox raises $15.3 million for its personalized children’s clothing box – TechCrunch

Kidbox raises $15.3 million for its personalized children’s clothing box – TechCrunch Kidbox, a clothing-in-a-box startup aimed at a slightly younger crowd than StitchFix, has raised $15.3 million in Series B funding to expand and scale its business. The round was led by Canvas Ventures, and includes participation from existing investors …

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Over 20 advocacy groups complain to FTC that YouTube is violating children’s privacy law – TechCrunch

A coalition of over 20 child advocacy, consumer and privacy groups filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission asking it to investigate and sanction YouTube for violation of federal children’s privacy laws. Specifically, the groups say YouTube is violating COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which requires …

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Amazon rolls out remote access to its FreeTime parental controls – TechCrunch

Amazon is making it easier for parents to manage their child’s device usage from their own phone, tablet, or PC with an update to the Parent Dashboard in Amazon FreeTime. Since its launch in 2012, Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited has been one of the better implementations of combining kid-friendly content with …

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Edtech company Kidaptive raises $19.1 million for its adaptive learning platform

Edtech startup Kidaptive, an adaptive-learning company that begin its life with a suite of curriculum-focused iPad games for kids, announced today it has closed on $19.1 million in Series C funding, in a round led by Formation 8 and Korean education company Woongjin ThinkBig. The investment follows a deal with Woongjin …

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Kidtech startup SuperAwesome is now valued at $100+ million and profitable

Technology companies like Facebook and Google are scrambling to catch up to the fact that the kids have joined a web originally built for adults, and are using it the way adults do – by liking and commenting, sharing, clicking through on personalized recommendations, and viewing ads. But the technology …

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