BusinessWire: American Girl Launches New Family-Friendly Podcast Network (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: American Girl Launches New Family-Friendly Podcast Network (PRESS RELEASE). “The new podcast network, with ad-free shows spanning diverse formats and themes, will amplify the brand’s digital and creative storytelling—sparking imaginations and a love of reading. The American Girl Podcast Network will launch with three original shows—one scripted and adapted from the brand’s slate of fan-favorite published content for young readers that debuts today, followed by two nonfiction podcasts with a mix of guest interviews, real-life advice, and behind-the-scenes exclusives that launch this summer.”

The Verge: Apple and nonprofit Common Sense Media team up to provide kid podcast recs

The Verge: Apple and nonprofit Common Sense Media team up to provide kid podcast recs. “Apple is making it easier for parents to find podcasts to listen to with their kids. The company is teaming up with nonprofit Common Sense Media, which specializes in age-based content reviews, to curate various collections that’ll appear in the Apple Podcasts app in the US and online. The initial four themes focus on narrative storytelling, shows that kids themselves recommend, mysteries and dramas, and Common Sense’s ‘all-time’ picks.”

Neowin: Google TV is adding support for kids’ profiles, rolling out this month in the U.S.

Neowin: Google TV is adding support for kids’ profiles, rolling out this month in the U.S.. “Google today announced that it is adding support for kids’ profiles on Google TV. The feature comes as a welcome addition to the offering, as Google TV currently does not offer support for multiple profiles to allow catering content on the TV based on individual preferences. With kids’ profiles, parents can now control the content served to children, their screen time, and more.”

American Alliance of Museums: Children’s Museology and the COVID-19 Crisis

American Alliance of Museums: Children’s Museology and the COVID-19 Crisis. “This forced quantum leap into virtual visitorship intersects powerfully with young people’s preferred technologies, enabling them to participate more prolifically and publicly in museum programming than ever before. As a result, I argue, a new critical children’s museology is emerging at the forefront of virtual museological practice. As I define it, children’s museology refers to the production of museum content and programming not just for or about children, but also by and with children in ways that engage them as valued social actors and knowledge-bearers.”

The Verge: Google’s Kids Space aims to make Android tablets more kid-friendly

The Verge: Google’s Kids Space aims to make Android tablets more kid-friendly. “There are a number of tablets out there that offer content specifically for children, such as Amazon’s Fire HD Kids Edition line. There are also various third-party parental control apps that families can download. Kids Space stands out in that it will be built into a number of Android tablets — not just tablets designed for kids.”

CNET: YouTube Kids launches ‘Summer of Movies’ to help keep your little ones entertained

CNET: YouTube Kids launches ‘Summer of Movies’ to help keep your little ones entertained. “YouTube Kids said its summer collection will include content from cartoon characters like Pocoyo, Oggy, Franklin the turtle, Winx Club and more. The collection is also said to feature educational videos, animated short films and content from Disney, Nickelodeon, BBC Studios and The Wiggles, among others.”

MakeUseOf: 6 Kid-Friendly Websites for Free Arts and Crafts Activities for Children

MakeUseOf: 6 Kid-Friendly Websites for Free Arts and Crafts Activities for Children. “This article focuses more on non-screen activities, although some of the websites include those. But there’s always a happy go-between. these free interactive art games for kids will develop color and art skills, and are child-appropriate. It’s no substitute for paints and palettes, but it is a launching point for digital design.”

TIME: TIME for Kids Launches Camp TFK, a Free Newsletter of Daily Activities to Keep Kids Engaged with Trusted and Fun Educational Content this Summer

TIME: TIME for Kids Launches Camp TFK, a Free Newsletter of Daily Activities to Keep Kids Engaged with Trusted and Fun Educational Content this Summer. “Curated by TIME for Kids editors, the free Camp TFK newsletter delivers a schedule of activities each weekday morning across a wide range of interests and skill levels, including arts and crafts, sports and games, performance skills, scientific concepts, and storytelling. Camp TFK is designed to be accessible to anyone, and all featured activities require minimal special supplies beyond everyday household items. At the beginning of the week, Camp TFK subscribers will be sent a preview of the following week’s activities and any recommended supplies to help parents prepare.”

Brit+Co: 18 Virtual Summer Camps That Make Us Want to Be a Kid Again

Brit+Co: 18 Virtual Summer Camps That Make Us Want to Be a Kid Again. “Summer camp IRL is up in the air this year as some are opening up to smaller groups and others are just plain shutting down due to coronavirus, leaving many working parents in a panic. Not to worry! There are a bunch of cool online camps to fill up the school-free weeks of summer, many with actual camp counselors who will teach them everything from coding to cooking to opera and more! S’mores optional.;)”

Travel+Leisure: The Metropolitan Opera Is Offering a Ridiculously Cool Virtual Summer Camp — and It’s Free (Video)

Travel+Leisure: The Metropolitan Opera Is Offering a Ridiculously Cool Virtual Summer Camp — and It’s Free (Video). “On June 15, the Metropolitan Opera will launch its Met Opera Global Summer Camp, an educational initiative to ‘engage and support students worldwide.’ According to a statement provided by the Metropolitan Opera, the eight-week online summer camp will run from June 15 to August 7 and will include a featured opera each week from the Met’s own digital library of performances. And best of all, it will be completely free for children and teens to attend.”

Good Housekeeping: 35 Virtual Field Trips for Kids to Get Them Learning About the World

Good Housekeeping: 35 Virtual Field Trips for Kids to Get Them Learning About the World. “While your kids may be stuck inside physically, online tours still give them some access to the rest of the outside world. The same way school has gone digital — with remote homeschooling, live-streamed extra-curricular classes, and learning-at-home portals wherever you look — class trips have moved online, too. These virtual field trips for kids will have them gazing at world-class art, learning about history, discovering science, and even checking out what it’s like in outer space.”

Arizona State University: Professors’ coloring book gives parents tools to help minimize kids’ COVID-19 anxiety

Arizona State University: Professors’ coloring book gives parents tools to help minimize kids’ COVID-19 anxiety. “Parents often struggle to explain certain things to their children. There are topics that can be embarrassing, like sex, or tougher situations, like the death of a beloved pet or divorce. But what about pandemics? When the world found itself in the grip of COVID-19, a global wave of illness unseen in the lifetimes of almost every living person, resources for parents were few. That’s part of what motivated Paige Safyer, Sara Stein, Julie Ribaudo and Kate Rosenblum to create Tender Press Books and write a coloring storybook to help children cope with what they may see or hear about the virus and its effects.” The coloring book is free.