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.