If there’s one group that loves Apple’s iOS device perhaps even more than their parents, it’s toddlers. As every parent knows, keeping them occupied throughout the day can often be a challenge -- and one that the iStoryTime line of apps is ready to come to the rescue.
In what can safely be called a "cautionary tale," a young girl named Madison (currently attending second grade) racked up a gargantuan $1400 bill for her parents this week while playing Smurfs' Village - a Farmville-esque freemium online game. The item that caught her eye? Dozens of barrels of delicious, delicious smurfberries.
If you have little ones in your home that are finger happy with the keyboard, Mac OS X Snow Leopard has got your back. While it won't watch the kids while you go out for date night, you can use the built-in Parental Controls to finely tweak the Mac App Store so that the kids don't do anything fishy.
In-app purchases are a great idea, and have helped spurn a whole raft of “freemium” apps -- download the app for free, and if you like it, buy more. As it turns out, it may be the kids who are going on expensive buying sprees with their parents’ devices.
In almost a changing of the guard, apparently kids age 13 and under want an iPad or an iPod Touch more than any other electronic this holiday season, according to the latest Nielsen survey. That exclamation of happiness you just heard? That came from Apple. That groan? That just came from parents' wallets.
Unfortunately, Apple's streak of app rejections has been extended to what was being deemed as a "kid-friendly" programming app, that showed stories, games and other animations that were made by children.
Entertain and educate the most important members of your household
with this family-friendly guide to the best Mac software, websites, and
iPhone apps for kids. And don’t miss our step-by-step instructions for
setting up parental controls on your Mac. Let’s play!