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Marvel, Sanrio accused of ignoring privacy rules meant to protect children

Marvel, Sanrio accused of ignoring privacy rules meant to protect children | Digital Kids: Developing Interactive Engagement for Children in Web, Apps & Mobile | Scoop.it
Advocates say the firms, through a Web site and an app, are flouting laws meant to protect children.
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Hello Kitty, goodbye privacy. This news gives kid developers like us (who follow the rules to a T!) a bad name. The new privacy rules on COPPA compliance are quite clear about outlawing tracking, collecting personal information and web usage spying for sites and apps geared toward kids under 13. Get the facts on COPPA compliance for kids from our blog post earlier this year: http://ow.ly/rSGFA

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13 tips for creating great educational kid games

13 tips for creating great educational kid games | Digital Kids: Developing Interactive Engagement for Children in Web, Apps & Mobile | Scoop.it

Designing great learning experiences for web, mobile and apps takes more than cute graphics and sticker rewards. There is surprisingly a great deal of parameters to keep in mind to create an ideal learning framework.

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We created this handy checklist outlining our holy grail on providing kids with positive edutech experiences.

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Bing For Schools launches with ad-free, privacy- protected searches and free Surface RT Tablets | Bean Blog | Bean Creative

Bing For Schools launches with ad-free, privacy- protected searches and free Surface RT Tablets | Bean Blog | Bean Creative | Digital Kids: Developing Interactive Engagement for Children in Web, Apps & Mobile | Scoop.it

In the “if you can’t beat ‘em, grab their eyeballs as young as possible” category, Microsoft has launched itsBing for Schools program today.

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Brilliant move into the edtech space. It's like General Mills' Box Tops for Education program, only replace the points for eating processed food with points to earn not-exactly-in-demand tablets.....

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Why And How Teachers Are (And Aren't) Using Technology - Edudemic

Why And How Teachers Are (And Aren't) Using Technology - Edudemic | Digital Kids: Developing Interactive Engagement for Children in Web, Apps & Mobile | Scoop.it

We often talk about iPads in K-12 classrooms, the availability of information on the web for college students to access, and a host of other similar topics in too many categories to mention.

 

But we don’t often broach the topic of technology in early childhood education classrooms.

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Infographic on why and how teachers are (and aren't) using #edtech in the classroom.


Technology in The Early Childhood Classroom93% of teachers use a desktop or laptop computer43% use tablet computers52% of teachers report that their students use technology five days per week in the classroomTeachers report using mostly a blended method of teacher guided and student guided activities using technologyFor those not using technology, funding was the major concern, followed by teachers reporting that their program did not allow them to use technology with the students


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Cell Internet Use | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

50% of tweens and teens say they mainly use their mobile to access the internet. 

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To put this percentage further into perspective for kid developers, a recent study by Harris Interactive states 19% of U.S. students in grades four and five use a smartphone, and this jumps to 42% when looking at kids in grades six through eight.


As more kids use mobile, and an increasing number of those only access online through their smartphones, we need to stop thinking that the mobile web is the gateway to a more enriched desktop experience.


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A Big Push for Mandatory Personal Finance Classes in School | TIME.com

A Big Push for Mandatory Personal Finance Classes in School | TIME.com | Digital Kids: Developing Interactive Engagement for Children in Web, Apps & Mobile | Scoop.it
in a new paper, the highly influential Consumer Financial Protection Bureau endorses mandatory personal finance classes in grades K-12.
Layla Masri's insight:

I have such a fondness for financial education starting at a young age -- one of Bean Creative's first sites was about financial literacy for teens. Bringing this knowledge to children via games and interactivity is a fantastic on-ramp to this complex topic.

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NBCUniversal: “Transmedia storytelling will be a part of Social TV”

NBCUniversal: “Transmedia storytelling will be a part of Social TV” | Digital Kids: Developing Interactive Engagement for Children in Web, Apps & Mobile | Scoop.it
Lisa Hsia, executive vice-president of Bravo Digital Media at NBCUniversal, gives us five predictions for the Social TV industry over the next few years.

Via Gregg Morris, Elizabeth Sánchez León, Jen Begeal
Layla Masri's insight:

I agree with many of her predictions... what do you think?

Back in the Star Wars days, it seemed so geeky and counter-culture to engage with your favorite stories (writing fan fiction, etc.). It's amazing to see how fan involvement has evolved alongside technology (I usually have a tablet or phone or laptop in hand watching Game of Thrones!). 

As a producer of children's media, I do wonder what this means for kids -- at what point is it healthy and reasonable for kids to do this sort of multitasking?

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Jen Begeal's curator insight, May 8, 2013 5:46 PM

I think she's pretty spot on with her predictions, what do you think?

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Guided Access for iOS lets you keep users in a single app and control available features | Bean Blog | Bean Creative

Guided Access for iOS lets you keep users in a single app and control available features | Bean Blog | Bean Creative | Digital Kids: Developing Interactive Engagement for Children in Web, Apps & Mobile | Scoop.it

Mobile devices are fabulous learning tools, but let’s admit it — there are times when you want to lock down certain features and have a bit more control on what functionality is available..

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Whether handing your iPhone to your kid or setting up iPads in a museum gallery, Guided Access is your new best friend!

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LAUSD halts home use of iPads for students after devices hacked

LAUSD halts home use of iPads for students after devices hacked | Digital Kids: Developing Interactive Engagement for Children in Web, Apps & Mobile | Scoop.it
Following news that students at a Los Angeles high school had hacked district-issued iPads and were using them for personal use, district officials have halted home use of the Apple tablets until further notice.
Layla Masri's insight:

Only took 1 week for teens to hack school-issued iPads for personal use.

Everyone gets an A in computer science, except the school district IT administrators, who overlooked the basic end-around of kids deleting their personal profiles to instantly unlock the school blocks.

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Can Digital Games Boost Students’ Test Scores? | MindShift

Can Digital Games Boost Students’ Test Scores? | MindShift | Digital Kids: Developing Interactive Engagement for Children in Web, Apps & Mobile | Scoop.it
A new report released today reveals the results attempting to answer the question: do digital games and simulation help students studying science, technology, math, and engineering achieve better learning outcomes?
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Educational gaming, especially in STEM and literacy subjects, continue to help students make significant and tangible knowledge gains. We've been seeing this for over a decade in our own work!

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Are you ready to meet the FTC rules for COPPA compliance and privacy in kid media? | Bean Blog | Bean Creative

Are you ready to meet the FTC rules for COPPA compliance and privacy in kid media? | Bean Blog | Bean Creative | Digital Kids: Developing Interactive Engagement for Children in Web, Apps & Mobile | Scoop.it

Under the subject of “I sat through an FTC seminar on COPPA compliance for kids apps so you didn’t have to”, here are some salient points as it relates to our kid app work.

 

Here are the key take-aways from their 70+ FAQ write up (!) on the new law that goes into effect on July 1st. 

Layla Masri's insight:

We took part in a very helpful webinar that included kidSAFE and a senior FTC attorney on the new COPPA enforcement team. With the new law going into effect shortly, we have gathered the most important points to address in kid-directed apps so you can ensure compliance. 

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5 Ways to Gain Exposure For Your App on Pinterest | AppClover.com

5 Ways to Gain Exposure For Your App on Pinterest | AppClover.com | Digital Kids: Developing Interactive Engagement for Children in Web, Apps & Mobile | Scoop.it

5 Exciting Ways to Gain Exposure For Your App on Pinterest

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Our company does a lot of apps for kids, and Pinterest marketing makes tons of sense since it's 99.99% women on it, and so many great ideas shared around kids. 

Of course, like any good marketer, you'll need to determine if the audience is a good fit before you dive in!

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The Touch-Screen Generation

The Touch-Screen Generation | Digital Kids: Developing Interactive Engagement for Children in Web, Apps & Mobile | Scoop.it
Young children—even toddlers—are spending more and more time with digital technology. What will it mean for their development?
Layla Masri's insight:

I find it SO interesting that most kid app developers quoted in this article severely limited their own kids' screentime! 

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