Kids Get New Tablets Over the Holidays? Here’s How to Lock ’Em Down.

After $50 in Angry Birds purchases, I’m now the wiser.
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Toca Boca CEO Bjorn Jeffery: Adults Don’t Understand How Kids Play

Well, most of them, anyway.
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Kids Aren’t Reliable Tech Predictors

As much as we think youth know “the next big thing,” they are often wrong.

Play-i’s Personal Robots Take Shape, as Company Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Robots are getting more and more accessible.
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Facebook Aims to Court Teens With More Public Posting Options

It’s yet another in a series of moves for Facebook to create a more public-facing network.
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Kids Won’t Read Investigative Journalism — But Maybe They’ll Play a Videogame With the Same Message

The Center for Investigative Reporting pours what it knows about school lunches into the App Store.
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AOL’s Huffington Post Adds Ecofabulous Content

AOL-owned Huffington Post is adding a large amount of environmental-focused content from Ecofabulous, and making its founder, Zem Joaquin, an editor at large of home and lifestyle. In a nonexclusive licensing and revenue-sharing deal, the dedicated Ecofabulous page said that the online content site “will host original product reviews and recommendations featuring environmentally conscious beauty, fashion, home, kids, tech, and lifestyle items; provide resources for readers aiming to live a green life; profile environmentally-pioneering companies; and serve as a place to inspire readers seeking the recommendations of expert editors and designers.”

Disney Infinity Crosses the Platforms: Toy Box Mode Will Work Across Four Consoles and the iPad

The buzzed-about game’s mobile strategy explained.
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Hullabalu’s Pan, the Undeniably Cute Purple Panda for iPad, Comes to iPhone

If you haven’t used this to “babysit” your kids yet, maybe the iPhone app will do it: A fast-growing, interactive iPad app called Pan: The Fearless Beribolt is coming to iPhone. Pan, created by a New York-based startup called Hullabalu, normally costs $3.99 but will be available for 99 cents for a limited time. Creator Suzanne Xie declined to say how many times the iPad app has been downloaded, but did say that it has seen more than a million “touches” — swipes and taps that kids (or adults) must perform to move the story along. Hullabalu recently raised $1.8 million to fund the development of its story apps.