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May 13, 2014 AT 12:00 pm

This New App from PBS Gives Parents More Control Over Kids’ Screens #makereducation

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PBS Kids has developed an App that lets parents view what their kids are doing on the PBS site in real time. Other features include setting timers and disabling access from the site entirely. This tool enables parents to more accurately asses the educational value of online play for their children. From Wired.

Screentime is something just about all modern parents struggle with. How much is too much? Is an app collecting personal information? Is my child actually learning?

A new app from PBS KIDS aims to give parents better tools for controlling what their kids are doing online–at least on the PBS KIDS’ site–and eventually on PBS KIDS mobile applications too. The PBS KIDS Super Vision app lets parents enter a code from the website into their phones, and then track kids activity on the site in real time. You can see how long they’ve been watching videos, which shows they watch, what games they play and more. It also tells parents what the purpose of the games or shows are–for example one might be designed to build interest in science–and suggests activities families can do together afterwards to reinforce those goals. One of the best features, however, is a way to shut the site down altogether, remotely.

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