Kids & Parenting Software

Seven or more hours of daily screen time may be changing your kid's brain

Technology, like anything else, must be used in moderation for kids, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study suggests that excessive screen time is changing the physical structure of children's brains.

The study is still in the preliminary stages: NIH just completed enrollment, and for the next 10 years, scientists will track more than 11,000 children aged nine to 10 years old. However, scientists have already drafted a... Read More »

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Zift parenting app helps protect kids online by blocking searches, monitoring screen time, and more

As a parent, keeping your child safe is one of your most important jobs. Today parents must be aware of not only physical dangers in the world but digital ones as well.

Parents in today's digital era walk a thin line between what constitutes prying and protection when their children are on the internet.

Zift (iOS, Android) is a parental control app and screen time monitor that wants to help parents keep their kids safe online.

SEE: 'Bark' internet safety app uses AI to help parents protect kids from bullies, predators, and more

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Must-have apps for parents this holiday season

The holidays take on a new meaning when you're a parent. It's a great way to reignite the magic of your own childhood holiday memories. Whether it's keeping tabs on Santa on Christmas Eve, finding a babysitter to get last minute shopping done, or making sure your child is safe when they're out with friends, these apps can help:

Google Santa Tracker

You and your kids can keep "track" of Santa with Google's Santa app (Android). The app counts down... Read More »

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StorySign makes bedtime stories more accessible for deaf children

Storytime is an important part of the relationship between parents and their children. In addition, when parents read with their children, the exposure nurtures better reading skills in the child.

Huawei, a global provider of information and communications technology devices, thinks that no child should miss out.

The company launched the StorySign app (Android) to help the 32 million deaf children in the world learn to read. StorySign uses AR and AI to display sign language next... Read More »

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Babysitter vetting app gets limited by Facebook for violating personal data policies

Social media now allows parents to investigate a potential baby sitter's Facebook or Twitter before hiring. The California-based app Predictim streamlines the process. The app scans for posts about drugs, violence, and other negative content and flags them for parents. However, critics question the algorithm's ability to determine someone's character and employability.

And now, according to the BBC, Facebook has criticized the app's activity and yanked most of the program's privileges, while Twitter has blocked the app's access... Read More »

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Can 'Wonderscope' AR app turn screen time into quality time with your kids?

Deciding how much screen time your child should be allowed is a dilemma most of today's parents face. Too much technology could make it feel like family time is a thing of the past as everyone's attention is directed to devices.

Some apps, like Wonderscope (iOS), want to compromise by integrating family time with screen time. Wonderscope is WITHIN's first AR app.

"[Wonderscope] creates narrative-driven experiences that change the way kids engage with mobile devices by encouraging movement, reading... Read More »

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'Wonder Weeks' app lets parents track every baby-moment milestone

Something every parent has heard (or said) is that babies don't come with instruction manuals. But the "What to Expect" book series and similar books have aided in filling in the blanks.

The "Wonder Weeks" book, written by Franx Plooij and Hetty van de Rijt, in the early '90s, went digital for a new generation with an award-winning app.

The Wonder Weeks app (iOS, Android) helps parents understand the mental development of their baby with calendars, charts,... Read More »

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'Gohenry' digital money app teaches kids about debit card responsibility

It's rare to have cash on hand these days, between debit cards, credit cards, paying via your smartphone, and bit currency. It begs the question: does the piggy bank still have a place in a kid's life?

Alex Zivoder, CEO of Gohenry, made the piggy bank digital with the app, Gohenry (iOS, Android). The app is designed to teach kids from six to 18 years-old good money habits.

Your kids can have the independence to manage their own money with... Read More »

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Wolf + Friends lifestyle app connects moms raising special needs kids with a community of friends and experts

Wolf + Friends (iOS) founders Carissa Tozzi and Gena Mann noticed a need for community among moms raising special needs children. They created one with their app named after Tozzi's son, Wolf.

"We felt that moms raising special needs kids felt isolated," Tozzi told Download.com. " We knew we were going to fill a need."

Through the app, moms can connect with other local, like-minded women raising kids with special needs like autism, ADHD, sensory processing issues, developmental delays, Down... Read More »

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'Nurse 1-1' health app provides basic medical information from physician assistants and nurses

Instead of asking for advice on social media or reading about frightening health conditions on WebMD, the Nurse 1-1 app can tell you if you need to see a doctor.

The app connects you to physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses through a messaging program. The professionals provide basic medical information about your ailment and steps you should take based on the severity.

Users can chat with a nurse 24/7 on Nurse 1-1's website or on the iOS... Read More »

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