More Alexa ‘blueprints’ arrive, offering customizable voice apps for families and roommates

More Alexa ‘blueprints’ arrive, offering customizable voice apps for families and roommates

Earlier this year, Amazon rolled out a new feature that allowed Alexa device owners to create their own custom skills using preconfigured templates. Today, Amazon is expanding Alexa Blueprints, as the service is called, to…

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A majority of U.S. teens are taking steps to limit smartphone and social media use

A majority of U.S. teens are taking steps to limit smartphone and social media use

It’s not just parents who are worrying about their children’s device usage. According to a new study released by Pew Research Center this week, U.S. teens are now taking steps to limit themselves from overuse…

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Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition gains new skills from Disney and others

Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition gains new skills from Disney and others

Amazon is today rolling out a set of new features to its Echo Dot Kids Edition devices – the now $70 version of the Echo Dot smart speaker that ships with a protective case and…

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Amazon Rapids, the chat fiction for kids, is now free

Amazon Rapids, the chat fiction for kids, is now free

Amazon Rapids, the chat fiction that encourages kids to read by presenting stories in the form of text message conversations, is now going free. Previously, Amazon had been charging $2.99 per month for a subscription…

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Subscription startup Kidbox launches its own clothing lines

Subscription startup Kidbox launches its own clothing lines

Kidbox, a subscription clothing box similar to Stitch Fix – but aimed at parents who dislike kids’ clothes shopping (aka all of us) – is now launching its own private label kids’ brands. At launch,…

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Roblox responds to the hack that allowed a child’s avatar to be raped in its game

Roblox responds to the hack that allowed a child’s avatar to be raped in its game

There’s a special place in hell for people who think it’s funny to rape a 7-year old girl’s avatar in an online virtual world designed for children. Yes, that happened. Roblox, a hugely popular online…

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Hands on with the Echo Dots Kids Edition

Hands on with the Echo Dots Kids Edition

Earlier this year, Amazon introduced an Echo Dot for kids, with its $80 Echo Dot Kids Edition device, which comes in your choice of a red, blue, or green protective case. The idea is to market…

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Winnie raises $4 million to make parents’ lives easier

Winnie raises $4 million to make parents’ lives easier

An app that has the needs of modern-day parents in mind, Winnie, has now raised $4 million in additional seed funding in a round led by Reach Capital. Other investors in the new round include Rethink Impact,…

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Amazon FreeTime Unlimited finally lands on Apple’s App Store

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited finally lands on Apple’s App Store

Five and half years after it launched, one of the more popular apps for kids’ reading and entertainment has finally arrived on the iOS. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the e-commerce giant’s subscription service for children 3-12…

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Roblox follows Minecraft into the education market

Roblox follows Minecraft into the education market

Roblox, the massively multiplayer online game favored by the under 13 crowd, is following in Minecraft’s footsteps with a move into the education market. The company this morning announced a new education initiative, Roblox Education, that…

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‘Love with Everything You Have and Everything You Are’

‘Love with Everything You Have and Everything You Are’

Motherhood can take an infinite and beautiful variety of forms. In this piece and others, we’re honoring moms of every sort at LifeZette and featuring their stories in a special series. We’re highlighting families with…

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Take a Break! Volunteer Burnout Is Real

Take a Break! Volunteer Burnout Is Real

Many people recognize this scenario: A volunteer is technically part of your organization, but he or she isn’t showing up, isn’t pulling his or her weight. That volunteer may have good intentions but might be…

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Melania Trump Reveals Her Campaign to Help Kids and Families

Melania Trump Reveals Her Campaign to Help Kids and Families

On a beautiful sunny afternoon in the nation’s capital, 16 months into her role as America’s first lady, Melania Trump unveiled her “Be Best” initiative for children and families, a comprehensive program focused on three…

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Jiobit launches its more secure, modular child location tracker starting at $100

Jiobit launches its more secure, modular child location tracker starting at $100

To date, child location trackers have failed to live up to consumer expectations. They’ve arrived as oversized, bulky watches too large for little wrists, and some have even been designed so insecurely, that it would…

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Kids Need More One-on-One Time with Mom

Kids Need More One-on-One Time with Mom

Is a mother more needed by her kids at home — or at work? “Our society tells women, ‘Go back to work, do what you want, [the kids will] be OK,’” psychoanalyst Erica Komisar recently…

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Boy Scouts, an American Tradition, Bites the Dust with Its Name Change

Boy Scouts, an American Tradition, Bites the Dust with Its Name Change

Another American tradition bites the dust: The Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday announced it will drop the word “boy” from the name of its flagship program. Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh also unveiled the…

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