Kids & Parenting Software

CES 2019: Owlet debuts award-winning pregnancy monitor band for expecting moms

Owlet's newest prenatal product gives expecting mothers real-time updates about their baby's well-being. The Owlet Band won two awards at CES 2019 for Wearable Technology and Tech to Change the World.

The Owlet Band wraps around the mother's abdomen and adapts to her changing body to connect her with her growing baby. Mothers can start using the monitor at 24 weeks and keep going until the baby reaches full-term.

When worn overnight, the band tracks the mother's sleeping... Read More »

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How Face2Gene AI app could spot genetic disorders by looking at your photo

Doctors often take into account a a patient's face when diagnosing a genetic disorder. Despite many syndromes having recognizable facial features, sometimes relying on facial features for diagnosis can result in clinicians not considering hundreds of other possible conditions.

FDNA, a Boston startup, created the Face2Gene app (download for iOS or Android) to help doctors narrow down diagnoses to ensure the best treatment plan for patients.

The app is powered by FDNA's image-analyzing algorithms, DeepGestalt, which has... Read More »

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'ReplyASAP' app locks your kid's phone until they check in with you

Parents are always going to want to know their kids are safe. You could be living on your own and married with kids, but you might still get the occasional "text me when you get there" message from a parent.

Knowing that their kids are safe is a huge part of being a parent. And forgetting to check in is just as big a part of being a kid.

One dad is leveraging today's smartphone obsession to make sure kids check in... Read More »

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How to live video chat with Santa this Christmas

The days of kids missing Santa Claus while visions of sugar plums dance in their heads or leaving him a letter might be over. In the smartphone age, kids can now have a quick video chat with jolly old St. Nick with the Video Call Santa app (download for iOS or Android).

With the app, parents can schedule or make a call to Santa anytime:

Download and open the Video Call Santa appTap Parents Only, create a passcode and customize your... Read More »

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WhatsApp's lack of moderators let child pornography slip through the cracks

It's been one month after Tumblr (download for iOS or Android) disappeared from the App Store after child pornography slipped through the sites filters. Today, the popular messaging platform WhatsApp (download for iOS or Android) is under fire for similar reasons.

The app's chat groups are being used to spread child pornography, according to reports. TechCrunch detailed a report released by two Israeli non-government organizations, NGOs, regarding how third-party apps advertise "adult" sections that... Read More »

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Apps in Google Play are endangering children, according to new FTC complaint

The Google Play store is under fire again for including "dangerous or disturbing content" in the Family section. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and 21 other child advocacy groups penned a 99-page letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) demanding an investigation into Google.

"Google doesn't really have any incentive to clean up its own app store," Josh Golin, executive director of the CCFC, told Buzzfeed. "The things that are concerning and problematic, they actually profit... Read More »

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Seven or more hours of daily screen time may be changing your kid's brain

Technology, like anything else, must be used in moderation for kids, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study suggests that excessive screen time is changing the physical structure of children's brains.

The study is still in the preliminary stages: NIH just completed enrollment, and for the next 10 years, scientists will track more than 11,000 children aged nine to 10 years old. However, scientists have already drafted a... Read More »

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Zift parenting app helps protect kids online by blocking searches, monitoring screen time, and more

As a parent, keeping your child safe is one of your most important jobs. Today parents must be aware of not only physical dangers in the world but digital ones as well.

Parents in today's digital era walk a thin line between what constitutes prying and protection when their children are on the internet.

Zift (iOS, Android) is a parental control app and screen time monitor that wants to help parents keep their kids safe online.

SEE: 'Bark' internet safety app uses AI to help parents protect kids from bullies, predators, and more

Zift... Read More »

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Must-have apps for parents this holiday season

The holidays take on a new meaning when you're a parent. It's a great way to reignite the magic of your own childhood holiday memories. Whether it's keeping tabs on Santa on Christmas Eve, finding a babysitter to get last minute shopping done, or making sure your child is safe when they're out with friends, these apps can help:

Google Santa Tracker

You and your kids can keep "track" of Santa with Google's Santa app (Android). The app counts down... Read More »

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StorySign makes bedtime stories more accessible for deaf children

Storytime is an important part of the relationship between parents and their children. In addition, when parents read with their children, the exposure nurtures better reading skills in the child.

Huawei, a global provider of information and communications technology devices, thinks that no child should miss out.

The company launched the StorySign app (Android) to help the 32 million deaf children in the world learn to read. StorySign uses AR and AI to display sign language next... Read More »

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