Apple to Pay Back Parents

Apple has agreed to give more than $100 million in iTunes store credits to settle a lawsuit alleging that it improperly charged kids for playing games on their mobile devices. The 2-year-old case centers on allegations that Apple didn’t create adequate parental controls.

The 2-year-old case centers on allegations that Apple didn’t create adequate parental controls to prevent children from buying extra features while playing free games on iPhones and iPads in 2010 and 2011. Parents who filed the lawsuit in 2011 said they didn’t realize their children were racking up the charges until they received bills or other notifications after the purchases were made. The games that had been downloaded were designed for kids as young as 4 years old, according to the lawsuit.

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Heavy Hitters Encourage Students to Learn Coding in New Video

Zuckerberg.  Gates.  Will.I.Am.  Do I have your attention yet?  These heavy hitters from Facebook, Microsoft and the Black Eyed Peas appear in a new Code.org video encouraging students to learn coding.

Code.org is a non-profit focused on computer programming education to encourage students to take coding classes.

Best takeaway quote from the video courtesy Mr. I.Am., “Here we are, 2013.  We all depend on technology to communicate, to bank, information, and none of us know how to read and write code.”

Amen, brother.

And as Code.org points out at the end of the video, one million jobs in America may go unfilled because 90% of schools don’t teach students how to code.

#evolveordie

Sesame Street Apps Now Available via Amazon App Store

Sesame Street has expanded the distribution of its apps and made them available in Amazon’s App Store. The first apps available include: Elmo Loves 123sAnother Monster at the End of This Book and Potty Time with Elmo. These apps are currently available for $.99. In addition, Sesame Workshop is offering Sesame Street for Military Families and Sesame Street: Divorce for free in Amazon’s App Store.

Study: Childhood TV Leads to Criminal Behavior

According to this LA Times article, new studies linking childhood TV viewing to antisocial behavior and criminal acts as adults are prompting some pediatricians to call for a boob tube intervention. “With our society of smartphones and YouTube, screen time is becoming more a part of daily life, not less.”

On average, preschool-age children in the United States spend 4.4 hours per day in front of the television, either at home or in daycare.

Once again, it goes back to the responsibility of the parents and EVERYTHING IN MODERATION!

Inspired by Zuck, Obama Supports Kids Learning Tech

From the PC Mag article

In order to have patented technology, however, you have to have technology smarts. When Fried later asked the president if he thinks high schools should have a computer programming requirement similar to a foreign language requirement, Obama said he “thinks it makes sense.”

Ultimately, Obama said he wants to make sure the high school experience is “relevant.” Vocational schools “got a bad rap,” he said, because the perception was that people were being fast tracked into blue-collar jobs.

But Obama pointed to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who told the president that he’d taught himself to code, primarily because he was interested in gaming. There’s a whole generation of kids who could benefit from getting a head start on similar high-tech learning. It “engages kids,” Obama said.

“Given how pervasive computers and the Internet is now, I want to make sure they know how to actually produce stuff using computers and not simply consume stuff,” he said.