New Tech Products for Kids

Streaming Just for Kids
Get some comfort leaving your kids to their own devices with Sensical, a free streaming service just for them from California-based Common Sense Networks. Selections of videos and podcasts are grouped by age – 2-4, 5-7 and 8-10 – and subject matter, with choices such as animals, Minecraft, arts and crafts, music and more. Content is approved by child development experts and complements national school curricula. There’s also a ParentZone with controls, customized kid profiles and daily activity reports. Free app and website.
Math Homework Help
Stymied by your kids’ math homework? Get a tutor in your pocket with Photomath, headquartered in San Mateo. The app uses artificial intelligence photo recognition to provide step-by-step instructions to solve all levels of math problems – more than 2.2 billion each month. The premium Photomath Plus gives students access to teacher-approved problem explanations, exclusive math tips and definitions, custom visual aids and word problems. Free or $9.99 monthly/$59.99 annually.
Expert Parenting Support
Get expert answers to your toughest parenting dilemmas – from handling a picky eater to managing screen time to stopping the whining – at your fingertips with the Parent Lab app, based in Santa Clara. There are articles, podcasts and free introductory courses on parenting and child brain development. Premium members can access more topic-based courses, plus conversations with experts through live and on-demand events, guided meditations, book clubs and one-on-one support through a parent coaching program. Free or $19.99 per month (some courses additional).
Help With Tough Topics
Helping families navigate conversations around mental health, puberty, diversity and empathy is the goal of the maro parents app, based in San Francisco. The app includes a mix of free and paid content, including a free journaling feature that helps track your kids’ moods, sleep, focus levels and more to flag any potential mental health issues. Free or $8.99 monthly/$59.88 annually.


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