Kids & Parenting Software

Protect your kids from 'Momo Challenge' and other online threats with these 4 kids safety apps

Parents be warned: There is a new video circulating on the internet that exposes your children to suicide and self-harm. The Momo Challenge, a creepy video of a flushed woman with large eyes and wide mouth, recently leaked onto YouTube Kids. The video encourages children to commit harmful acts toward themselves and others in a series of challenges.

Though Momo was widely debunked, new viral challenges are constantly swarming the internet. Fortunately, there are apps for kids that can... Read More &raquo

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TikTok focuses on user safety with new video series and comment filters

Popular video and live streaming app TikTok, which has reportedly reached more than 1 billion downloads, is facing some criticism over user security.

To try to make the lip-synching app safer, TikTok launched a new educational video series Wednesday called "You're in Control." The series puts safety guidelines in videos instead of in text. In a blog post, TikTok said the videos are meant to entertain as well as educate.

Topics covered by the videos include the site's community guidelines... Read More &raquo

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YouTube says 'Momo Challenge' videos weren't promoted on the platform

YouTube stepped in on Wednesday to dispute claims that the alleged Momo Challenge was showing up on the giant video site.

"We want to clear something up regarding the Momo Challenge: We've seen no recent evidence of videos promoting the Momo Challenge on YouTube," the company tweeted. "Videos encouraging harmful and dangerous challenges are against our policies."

YouTube encouraged users to flag videos that might be harmful or dangerous when they see them.

SEE: YouTube launches plan to limit the visibility of conspiracy theory videos

The... Read More &raquo

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Doctors recommend no smartphones in the bedroom or during mealtimes for kids

Electronics are an integral part of our lives, but it's important to unplug, especially for developing children. In a report, chief medical officers in the UK examined how screen-based activities could be affecting children's mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, with most children and young people now having access to the internet and a smartphone by now.

SEE: 6 apps to help break your smartphone addiction

To address societal concerns, the team compiled a list of advice to help parents... Read More &raquo

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Goya-Move app blocks apps on kids' phones until they meet a step goal

The advent of smartphones has changed the way kids spend their free time. Instead of asking for 10 more minutes outside, they might ask for more time on their favorite mobile game.

To make sure your child doesn't go from sitting all day at school to sitting the rest of the night at home, parents can try the Goya-Move app (download for iOS or Android).

With Goya-Move -- which is short for "Get Off Your Apps" --... Read More &raquo

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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 &raquo

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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 &raquo

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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 &raquo

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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 &raquo

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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 &raquo

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