TechCrunch: Scratch 3.0 is now available

TechCrunch: Scratch 3.0 is now available . “The only kids programming language worth using, Scratch, just celebrated the launch of Scratch 3.0, an update that adds some interesting new functionality to the powerful open source tool. Scratch, for those without school aged children, is a block-based programming language that lets you make little games and ‘cartoons’ with sprites and animated figures. The system is surprisingly complex and kids have created things like Minecraft platformers, fun arcade games, and whatever this is.”

Tubefilter: 8-Year-Old Ryan ToysReview Reportedly Earned $22 Million On YouTube Last Year

Tubefilter: 8-Year-Old Ryan ToysReview Reportedly Earned $22 Million On YouTube Last Year. “Ryan (and his co-vlogger parents) clocked $22 million in earnings last year, according to Forbes, which placed the first-grader at the top of its annual Highest-Paid YouTube Stars list. Forbes says it estimated Ryan’s pre-tax earnings from June 2017 to June 2018 based on data from influencer marketing platform Captiv8, analytics firm SocialBlade, and trade publication Pollstar, as well as interviews with industry insiders.”

Google Blog: Helping children in the Arab world be safe online explorers

Google Blog: Helping children in the Arab world be safe online explorers. “Be Internet Awesome—our digital safety and citizenship program for children—is now available to more than 400 million Arabic speakers as Abtal Al Internet. The program is designed in a way that simplifies the world of internet safety and digital citizenship in a language children feel comfortable with.”

The Hill: FTC complaint accuses Facebook of collecting data on children with Messenger Kids

The Hill: FTC complaint accuses Facebook of collecting data on children with Messenger Kids. “In a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and other organizations argued that the service’s disclosures about its privacy practices are overly vague, allowing Facebook to share children’s data with third parties.”

Washington Post: Study links restricting screen time for kids to higher mental performance

Washington Post: Study links restricting screen time for kids to higher mental performance. “Parents who possess the resolve to separate their children from their smartphones may be helping their kids’ brainpower, a new study suggests. Children who use smartphones and other devices in their free time for less than two hours a day performed better on cognitive tests assessing their thinking, language and memory, according to a study published Wednesday in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.”