Facebook's child-friendly Messenger Kids app launches on Amazon Fire tablets in the U.S.

Facebook’s Messenger Kids app, which launched on iOS in December, is now coming to the Amazon Appstore in the U.S. Messenger Kids, as the name implies, is aimed at children under the age of 13, and features a variety of parental control options that allow parents to supervise the online interactions of their children. 

The app is a standalone experience that doesn’t require phone number verification or even a Facebook account to work. The only Facebook account needed is that of the parent who is going to set up the app and have access to their …


Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard were forced to improvise when their kids, uh, walked in on them

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You know what? Life is weird. Things happen. And if you’re a parent, one of those things might be your kid accidentally walking in on you having sex.

This even happens to famous people! For example, it happened to Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, which Bell graciously explained on Friday’s The Talk. 

Seems like they handled it well, though — in fact, they passed it off as a nap and bought themselves more time.

Very resourceful. Read more…

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How do you do, fellow kids: Google Allo scores… meme support

Google Allo just got updated, and no, it still has neither SMS support nor a full-blown desktop client, but it now allows you to… scour the web for memes and send them to your pals.

Hard to grasp, we know, but it really looks like Google is trying to entice your average millenial with hip and trendy features that could win them over from Instagram, Snapchat, and other popular messaging apps.

Located inside the emoji search button right next to Send message button is a neat new feature that enables you to search for memes.

The …

Samsung and LEGO unveil the obsolete, overpriced NINJAGO MOVIE Edition tablet for kids


Not all tablets launched in the US are meant to compete with Apple’s iPad (regardless of the model). As a matter fact, any Android tablet that’s priced to sell for less than $300 will surely have a much easier time avoiding any competition from Apple.

Still, launching a tablet with specs that make it look like a three-year-old product is not alright, even if it’s positioned in the low-end tier price-wise. That being said, it appears that Samsung and LEGO have teamed up to launch a tablet aimed at kids.

The so-called NINJAGO MOVIE Edition tablet can now be pre-ordered in the US via …

Lawsuit accuses Disney apps of spying on kids

The Walt Disney Company has been hit with a lawsuit that claims more than 40 of its smartphone apps have been spying on children. The suit, which has requested Class Action status, states that Disney is violating an online law designed to protect children’s privacy online. Disney’s smartphone apps are very popular; one particular title, “Where’s My Water? 2,” has been downloaded between 100 million and 500 million times.

According to the lawsuits, Disney apps have trackers installed inside that allow data such as geographical information, browsing history and other third party information …

How do you do, fellow kids: Facebook now lets you create wacky GIFs, because of course

When was the last time you felt like capturing an augmented reality GIF of yourself, all part and parcel with an animated disco ball and wacky rainbow-colored sunglasses? How about an RGB split, surely you can never have enough of those aesthetic RGB splits! You might as well just fire up the Facebook app on your phone right about now and do just that as Zuckerberg’s totally-not-creepy social network now lets you create GIFs (with a hard “G”) and share them with your buddies.
You can’t just shoot and save these to your device, however, so it’s either just …

Group in Colorado wants to prevent kids under 13 from owning a purchased cellphone

Children under 13 would not be allowed to be the recipient of a purchased cellphone in Colorado under a proposed ballot measure backed by a group called Parents Against Underage Smartphones. To make the 2018 ballot, the group will need to get 300,000 voter signatures. Dr. Tim Farnum, an anesthesiologist in Denver, is leading the group. He says that he saw his own kids having to deal with the effects of always needing to have a device held in their hands. The Doctor said that his kids would take their mobile devices, lock themselves in their rooms, and it ended up changing their personalities. …

Kids don their best costumes to see 'Wonder Woman' in theaters

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It’s Wonder Woman weekend, and little Wonder Women around the world are heading to theaters.

Many young fans are even suiting up for the film, sporting their best costumes and T-shirts. (And all in all, it seems like they’re giving the hotly-anticipated film positive reviews.)

Get ready to feel a lot of feelings:

@GenesisCinema Took my Daughter to the AMC in Manchester yesterday to see #WonderWoman we loved it pic.twitter.com/5HKEC3mCCb

— Carl. (@Cam_1971b) June 2, 2017

This is a weekend of women, truth,justice and love #WonderWoman #cosplay #kids #wonderwomanpremier #latinoscoop #whoRunTheWorld pic.twitter.com/NRPHAGatkw

— Elena V (@Lady_ElenaV) June 2, 2017 Read more…

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Sex-positive YouTubers are giving kids the sex talks we wish we'd had

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When mum and dad’s “bird and the bees” talk causes you to have more questions than answers and when your school sex education classes don’t seem to cover all the bases, who can you turn to?

Adolescents are increasingly turning to the internet to fill in the gaps. While it’s a great resource, it can be difficult to navigate when you don’t know what you’re looking for. Some teens turn to porn to provide the answers, but porn is often filled with unrealistic portrayals of sex. Googling one’s queries tends to lack the care and wisdom of a teacher whose presence can put a worried mind at ease. Read more…

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