Recent Studies Say Violent Video Games Are Actually Beneficial

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Video games, especially violent shooters are often disparaged by everyone from politicians to parents. But in recent years the pendulum of public opinion has begun to swing the other way thanks to numerous scientific studies. Not only do violent games not create burgeoning serial killers, they can be healthy tools that improve motor and social skills. Read More

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New Study Examines Language & Literacy Apps

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The Joan Ganz Cooney Center and The New America Foundation have just released a new study called “Getting a Read on the App Stores: A Market Scan and Analysis of Literacy Apps.” The study examines 183 popular language and literacy apps for kids from three popular markets: Amazon, the Google Play Store, and the iTunes App Store. They specifically focused on apps that had made it into “Top 50” lists (both paid and free) on these platforms, or apps that had recently won critical acclaim from expert websites. (The study began in 2014, but the report was only just released.) Read More

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LeapFrog Releases LeapFrog Epic Tablet, a Tablet Just for Kids

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LeapFrog is releasing a new tablet for kids, called the LeapFrog Epic tablet. Its design is based on the results of a survey: LeapFrog found that 91% of parents with kids ages 3 to 8 say their child uses a mobile device. Furthermore, 64% say their kids use a tablet designed for an adult, while 57% say they use a tablet designed for a kid (presumably some kids use more than one tablet). In addition, 66% of parents said they want a tablet with a child-friendly interface, with 61% asking for something easy for small hands to use. Another 61% were looking for a experience that can be personalized based on their child’s age. Read More