Kids Getting Rashes from Their Tablets

From the PRNewser post:

“Used to be that kids would play in the dirt and come home with ringworm. Now kids are spending a whole lot of time playing on the couch or on the porch and still end up with suspicious skin rashes. What gives? Nickel. Pediatrics is reporting that there’s an increased number of kids reporting cases of allergic contact dermatitis, a skin irritation that can happen when they come in contact with nickel…”

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FTC Makes It Easier to Comply with Children’s Privacy Regs

From the MediaPost article:

The Federal Trade Commission today published new guidance that could make it easier for developers to create apps aimed at children.

Specifically, the FTC is making it easier for app developers to obtain parental approval for data collection. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act prohibits app developers and Web site operators from knowingly collecting personal information — which now includes information like device identifiers and IP addresses — from children under 13, without their parents’ consent.

Kids Coding App Tynker Expands

From the Guardian’s article:

Education technology startup Tynker is expanding to Android, after attracting more than 8.8 million children to computer programming courses through its website and iPad app.

The company has launched its Android tablet app on the Google Play app store, including a new mode – also available in the iPad version – for children to create their own games.

Tynker's new mode helps children make their own games.

Free Preview of Disney Family Movies On Demand for Xfinity TV Customers

Xfinity TV customers have a free preview of Disney Family Movies On Demand.  These are some of the “classics” from the Disney vault.  Check it out here:

And, best part of all for families on the go this week – these movies can be accessed via TV, online and the Xfinity TV Go app.

Jason Boog on How to Raise a Reader in a Digital Age

Reading Rainbow recently profiled friend of Tablettoddlers Jason Boog about his new book, “Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age — From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between.”

From his Amazon profile:  The book is, “a program for parents and professionals on how to raise kids who love to read, featuring interviews with childhood development experts, advice from librarians, tips from authors and children’s book publishers, and reading recommendations for kids from birth up to age five.”

According to Boog, “every parent wants to give his or her child a competitive advantage. In Born Reading, publishing insider (and new dad) Boog explains how that can be as simple as opening a book. Studies have shown that interactive reading—a method that creates dialogue as you read together—can raise a child’s IQ by more than six points. In fact, interactive reading can have just as much of a determining factor on a child’s IQ as vitamins and a healthy diet. But there’s no book that takes the cutting-edge research on interactive reading and shows parents, teachers, and librarians how to apply it to their day-to-day lives with kids, until now.”

“Born Reading provides step-by-step instructions on interactive reading and advice for developing your child’s interest in books from the time they are born. Boog has done the research, talked with the leading experts in child development, and worked with them to compile the “Born Reading Essential Books” lists, offering specific titles tailored to the interests and passions of kids from birth to age five. But reading can take many forms—print books as well as ebooks and apps—and Born Reading also includes tips on how to use technology the right way to help (not hinder) your child’s intellectual development. Parents will find advice on which educational apps best supplement their child’s development, when to start introducing digital reading to their child, and how to use tech to help create the readers of tomorrow.”

“Born Reading will show anyone who loves kids how to make sure the children they care about are building a powerful foundation in literacy from the beginning of life.”

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Google Helping Teach Kids to Code for Free

From the edSurge post:

When it comes to teaching students to code, finding cheap or free software isn’t the problem. But finding cheap or free personnel who are trained in curriculum and coding instruction? Now, that’s a challenge.

In comes Google, who hopes to solve that problem with CS First–a program designed by a team of educators and computer scientists to get students interested in coding through after-school and summer programs, but at a very low cost. In fact, the average cost of running a CS First club? Zero dollars–if you follow Google’s model.

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