Turning Programming Into Child’s Play

Parents who were frustrated by a lack of opportunities for their children to learn programming have designed products meant to appeal to children as young as 5. Check out this NY Times article about how they’re using robotics to fix the problem…

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Kids’ Smartphone, Tablet Usage Increasing

According to this MediaPost article, seventy-one percent of households in 2014 with a child between the ages of 4 and 14 own a smartphone, compared with 55% of household ownership in 2012. Ownership of tablets doubled in the same period, growing from 21% in 2012 to 32% in 2014.

Among those families with kids, 35% said their child uses a smartphone (up from 21% in 2012) and 31% use tablets, up from 13% in 2012.

Childproofing the Internet

A handful of entrepreneurs are trying to build web services for young children, including at a company called Kuddle, the maker of a mobile photo-sharing app aimed at the elementary and middle school set.  Kuddle is similar to Instagram, except that it requires parental approval to sign up.  From the NY Times piece:

Parents can childproof their homes by covering the electric sockets, adding parental controls on the cable box and putting a padlock on the liquor cabinet.

Is it possible to do the same for the web?

Kuddle is similar to Instagram, except that it requires parental approval to sign up.