Loving the Kids Zone

Tablettoddlers has written about this before but we thought it was worth revisiting:  KidsZone on Comcast Xfinity’s X1 Platform is fantastic.  It’s like parental controls on steroids.  When in Kids Zone, my kids can browse all on their own, selecting live programming, free Xfinity On Demand content, movies as well as any saved programming on our DVR — all of which has either been flagged by the network or studio as kids programming, or deemed age-appropriate for kids 12 and under by Common Sense Media.  Also, while in Kids Zone, kids can quickly find recently-watched programming, browse by their favorite network and even sort by their favorite theme such as “superheroes,” “princesses” or “talking animals.” Parents can even filter programming that surfaces within Kids Zone down to specific age-ranges. For example, if I don’t want my six year old to watch shows designed for older kids, I can filter those out, tailoring the Kids Zone content to appropriate fare. They can also set shows to shuffle play.

So glad we made the decision to become connected again with Comcast after several years of cord-cutting.


“The Story We Wish Was Like Annie” Now Available in the Kindle Store

Congratulations to Tablettoddlers’ daughter Hannah Sender on her first published book, “The Story We Wish Was Like Annie.” According to renowned scholar Meaghan Stiman “Hannah Sender captivates her readers with a unique twist on a familiar tale. She tells the story of four orphaned sisters finding love and family through a series of amusing trials and tribulations. Readers can’t help but be drawn into the story by Sender’s engaging and laugh-out-loud funny dialogue. Best of all, she cleverly weaves in the title of the book with her character’s own narrative. This is the sort of wittiness we rarely see from first-time authors. The clear consensus is that “The Story We Wish Was Like Annie” is a must-read in 2016. We all wait in excited anticipation to see what Sender has in store for us in “Perry’s in Paradise.” Here is a link to the ebook, available exclusively in the Amazon Kindle store for $2.99. Enjoy.


Apple Offers Free App to Teach Children Coding

It’s happening, folks.  From the NY Times article:

Apple plans to release a free coding education app on Tuesday that it developed with middle-school students in mind, in the latest salvo among technology companies to gain share in the education market and to nurture early product loyalty among children.

Apple’s app, called Swift Playgrounds, introduces basic computer programming concepts, like sequencing logic, by asking students to use word commands to move cartoon avatars through a fanciful, animated world. Unlike some children’s apps, which employ drag-and-drop blocks to teach coding, the Apple program uses Swift, a professional programming language that the company introduced in 2014.