Tablettoddlers Recommends New Disney Animated App

Disney has released a new iPad app that takes readers through the history of Disney animation. Disney Animated tells the story of Walt Disney Animation Studios through the decades highlighting the technologies that helped create the classics like Cinderella and Winnie the Pooh. The app features a collection of interactive illustrations and virtual animation workshops based on actual Disney technologies.

Check out the Mediabistro post here for more info.

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Texting Toddlers

From toay’s Bloomberg article:

Toddler-safe texting has arrived.

Spurred by burgeoning demand for kid-styled tablets, LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. and VTech Holdings Ltd. revamped their tyke-targeted devices to add features that let three-year-olds send short messages to grandma and even watch online videos without stumbling across websites kids shouldn’t see.

Nickelodeon Announces SpongeBob Video Game

From an article in the Los Angeles Times:

“Parents, get ready for more nautical nonsense. Viacom’s Nickelodeon has made a deal with Activision Blizzard’s publishing arm to develop and publish video games based on the network’s cartoon “SpongeBob SquarePants.” The first game will be released in October.”

Keyword is NONSENSE.  Tablettoddlers is not a fan of the SpongeBob franchise.  It’s often referred to as “trash” in our household…

 

 

New Book Argues “Digitized Life” Taking Toll on Parents

The Boston Globe reviewed Catherine Steiner-Adair’s new book, “The Big Disconnect:  Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age.”

Steiner-Adair claims parents are pulling away from family life, lost in their own smartphones and screens, leaving children feeling neglected and lonely.  The “digitized life,” she argues, is taking its toll on us — altering the way children think and relate and pulling families apart.

Her advice for parents is to help keep children grounded.  “For that kind of textured, nuanced conversation, reflection and hashing things through, tech can’t deliver.  That’s what parents are for,” she says.

The final chapter reinforces the main message that good parenting starts without technology, in a place where parents listen, set limits, and communicate.  She provides a helpful list of rules to abide by — including a requirement that parents know their children’s phone passwords and check the gadgets when needed.  Largely, she encourages everybody to slow down.

The Globe thinks ,”Steiner-Adair provides sound advice and much-needed wisdom during these increasingly confusing times.”

Tablettoddlers couldn’t agree more.  We’ve added the book to our Amazon Kindle queue.  Can’t wait to read it.