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New YouTube Kids tools go live, with parent-approved and ‘Older’ content level settings [APK Download]

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Back in April, Google announced that it was readying new features for the YouTube kids app to give parents greater control over the content their children are able to access. The ability to carefully select every channel and video available on the account is now going live, as well as a new experience for 'Older' kids.

There are now three different content level settings. 'Younger' is the default level users have been getting up to now, 'Older' is a new level for children aged between 8 and 12, and 'Approved content only' enables strict parental curation of everything that can be accessed.

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New YouTube Kids tools go live, with parent-approved and 'Older' content level settings [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Niantic Kids Parent Portal brings new child-oversight controls to ‘Pokémon Go’

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

"Pokémon Go" developer Niantic Labs has announced that it's partnered with kid-focused web service company SuperAwesome to create a new platform called Niantic Kids Parent Portal. With it, parents can manage accounts for their kids, "review and approve [their] child’s permissions," and control what information about the child is shared.

Aside from location data — which generally isn't visible to other players — not a whole lot of personal information is shared in "Pokémon Go." Still, it's reasonable that parents would want some extra peace of mind about young kids' online gaming experiences.

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Niantic Kids Parent Portal brings new child-oversight controls to 'Pokémon Go' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

T-Mobile announces FamilyMode, a paid service for keeping tabs on kids

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Many mobile carriers — like Verizon and Project Fi — offer ways of monitoring kids' mobile activity. Today, the "Un-Carrier" announced its take on the concept, which it's calling FamilyMode. T-Mobile's approach is novel, though, in that it includes an optional piece of hardware that extends the service's functionality to your home Wi-Fi network.

In addition to a $10 monthly fee, FamilyMode's hardware component, the Home Base, costs $20 up-front ("for a limited time;" it'll eventually cost $100).

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T-Mobile announces FamilyMode, a paid service for keeping tabs on kids was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Fitbit Ace kid-focused fitness tracker is now available

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Fitbit has been in the business of making fitness trackers and wearables for years, but they've all been designed for adults. Now, there's a kid-specific fitness tracker called the Ace. It's available for purchase now, and it'll cost you $100.

So, what makes the Ace a kid's fitness tracker? For one, it's a little smaller and has a single adjustable band. It has a small monochrome display like the Alta, but there's no heart rate sensor like the more expensive Alta HR.

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The Fitbit Ace kid-focused fitness tracker is now available was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Fitbit Ace kid-focused fitness tracker is now available

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Fitbit has been in the business of making fitness trackers and wearables for years, but they've all been designed for adults. Now, there's a kid-specific fitness tracker called the Ace. It's available for purchase now, and it'll cost you $100.

So, what makes the Ace a kid's fitness tracker? For one, it's a little smaller and has a single adjustable band. It has a small monochrome display like the Alta, but there's no heart rate sensor like the more expensive Alta HR.

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The Fitbit Ace kid-focused fitness tracker is now available was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant’s ‘Pretty Please’ will encourage kids to be polite

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

You don't have to be nice to AI assistants. As long as they can understand you, they'll generally do what you ask, regardless of how you ask it. Some parents have been concerned that that might encourage their kids to be rude and demanding to actual people, so Google came up with a way to safeguard against that. It's called Pretty Please.

Pretty Please requires kids to say "please" when making a request to Google Assistant; no please, no dice.

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Google Assistant's 'Pretty Please' will encourage kids to be polite was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant’s ‘Pretty Please’ will encourage kids to be polite

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

You don't have to be nice to AI assistants. As long as they can understand you, they'll generally do what you ask, regardless of how you ask it. Some parents have been concerned that that might encourage their kids to be rude and demanding to actual people, so Google came up with a way to safeguard against that. It's called Pretty Please.

Pretty Please requires kids to say "please" when making a request to Google Assistant; no please, no dice.

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Google Assistant's 'Pretty Please' will encourage kids to be polite was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook’s Messenger Kids gets a sleep mode

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Facebook recently released Messenger Kids, an app designed for privacy-conscientious parents who want a safe way to let their kids chat with friends online. Messenger Kids provides a way of doing so, offering an adult full control over a child's contact list and who they can talk to, all without having to create a full-fledged Facebook account. An update to the app finally addresses a concern that parents have had until now: being able to manage when their kids can access the service.

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Facebook's Messenger Kids gets a sleep mode was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

YouTube Kids is getting curated content and more powerful parental controls

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

After news yesterday that Amazon is launching an Echo Dot Kids Edition and bringing its child-friendly subscription service FreeTime to Alexa, it's Google's now turn for a family-oriented announcement. YouTube Kids has been around for 3 years, and one of the main complaints about it is that it sometimes lets inappropriate content slip through. Google is going to introduce new measures in the coming months to combat this.

Since an algorithm dictates which content is allowed on the app, it's bound to make mistakes sometimes.

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YouTube Kids is getting curated content and more powerful parental controls was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amazon brings family-focused FreeTime service to Alexa and launches Echo Dot Kids Edition

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Amazon has announced that its child-friendly features and parental controls subscription service is coming to Alexa. Until now FreeTime has only been available on Fire, Kindle, and Android devices, but Amazon is now adding support for Echo speakers. At the same time, the company is also releasing a Kids Edition of the Echo Dot that includes a FreeTime subscription plus a brightly colored protective case.

Just as with other supported devices, the free tier of FreeTime includes a range of parental controls for Alexa.

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Amazon brings family-focused FreeTime service to Alexa and launches Echo Dot Kids Edition was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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