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UK government plans laws to regulate social media giants, such as Facebook and Twitter
UK government plans laws to regulate social media giants, such as Facebook and Twitter By Rik Henderson

The UK government is planning legislation to tackle the internet's "Wild West".Social media firms will be targeted in order to make internet interaction safer for children and young people, as culture secretary Matt Hancock promised to make Britain the... Read more

We built Lego’s super new Y-Wing Star Wars set!
We built Lego’s super new Y-Wing Star Wars set! By Dan Grabham

Last October we built the Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series (UCS) Millennium Falcon. It was quite the build as you’d expect from the biggest Lego set ever.Now we’ve built its new sibling – the UCS Y-Wing Starfighter – released today, 4 May... Read more

This roller coaster is one of the biggest Lego sets ever - and it can even be powered
This roller coaster is one of the biggest Lego sets ever - and it can even be powered By Dan Grabham

Fancy a new building challenge? What about this £300 Lego Creator Expert Roller Coaster, an epic set that can use Lego Power Functions parts to motorise the chain lift.Alternatively, you can combine it with Lego Boost as well!It’s a huge set, with... Read more

Amazon's Parent Dashboard means you can remotely manage children’s devices
Amazon's Parent Dashboard means you can remotely manage children’s devices By Dan Grabham

Parent Dashboard is a new, microsite from Amazon that lets adults manage their Fire tablet. Providing they have a subscription to Fire for Kids, parents can remotely manage their child’s Fire for Kids settings remotely on Parent Dashboard, as well as... Read more

What’s it like to design a Lego set? We talk to a Lego designer!
What’s it like to design a Lego set? We talk to a Lego designer! By Dan Grabham

Lego has just celebrated 60 years of the ubiquitous plastic brick and to celebrate we spoke to Jonathan Peter Robson who is one of the company’s foremost Lego set designers.The Lego brick has become one of the most popular toys in the world since Godtfred... Read more

10 top tech toys for 2018: Hot Wheels Rocket League, Animatronic Chewbacca and more
10 top tech toys for 2018: Hot Wheels Rocket League, Animatronic Chewbacca and more By Andy Robertson

There are always slew of gadget and toy shows at the beginning of each year, as inventors, toy makers and franchise creators set out their stalls for the coming months. Literally.New York Toy Fair is one of the very biggest conventions around, with hundreds... Read more

How to set-up an Android phone for a child
How to set-up an Android phone for a child By Chris Hall

There comes a point when your child needs their own phone. As a parent, it's a fork in the road: on one hand a phone provides a point of contact as your child becomes more independent, on the other it's a gateway to the darker side of online life. For... Read more

EE will teach parents how to set parental controls on devices
EE will teach parents how to set parental controls on devices By Rik Henderson

EE is marking Safer Internet Day by announcing rolling out specialist online safety training for staff in its 600 retail stores up and down the UK.This includes step by step guides to inform and teach parents how to set parental controls on multiple devices.The... Read more

Apple promises to add new parental controls to curb kids' iPhone addictions
Apple promises to add new parental controls to curb kids' iPhone addictions By Rik Henderson

Apple has responded to criticism levied at the company that it doesn't do enough to prevent children becoming addicted to its devices.Two of its substantial investors had previously complained that Apple's iOS platform needs additional safety measures... Read more

How to setup an Amazon Kindle for children: Kindle for Kids and FreeTime explained
How to setup an Amazon Kindle for children: Kindle for Kids and FreeTime explained By Chris Hall

Amazon's Kindle has established itself as a leading reading device and where you have reading, you hopefully have eager children. Although real books, on paper, as well as using public libraries, should be something that all children experience, there's... Read more

EE partners with Internet Matters to make your kids' mobile browsing safer
EE partners with Internet Matters to make your kids' mobile browsing safer By Rik Henderson

EE and Internet Matters have partnered to help parents who plan to give their children mobile devices this Christmas.The aim is to inform parents of the dangers of mobile internet browsing and how to ensure their kids do so safely.The partnership results... Read more

Best Star Wars: The Last Jedi toys to buy
Best Star Wars: The Last Jedi toys to buy By Stuart Miles

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out this week, from 14 December.And whether you are a fan of the Empire or the Resistance, there are a number of cool things to buy and do this year including Star Wars-themed coding classes at Apple, an augmented reality game... Read more

Best tech toys 2017: Connected toys, robots and more
Best tech toys 2017: Connected toys, robots and more By Stuart Miles

For many, the days of just building a spaceship out of Lego or playing a game of Monopoly are long gone.Today, kids want interactive tech toys that are powered by an app or that connect to the internet. They want animals that learn and grow as you play... Read more

Wow! Sphero took $50 off its R2-D2 and other robots for Black Friday
Wow! Sphero took $50 off its R2-D2 and other robots for Black Friday By Elyse Betters

Sphero, the company behind BB-8 and other robot toys, has reduced some of its most popular products on Amazon (US) for Black Friday.Starting off with R2-D2, which we previewed here, it's marked down $50, bringing the cost to $129 from $179.99. Unlike... Read more

Mega discount on Lego Death Star, this is the Black Friday deal you're looking for
Mega discount on Lego Death Star, this is the Black Friday deal you're looking for By Cam Bunton

It's Black Friday, and there are great deals all over the web. For those of you who are fans of Star Wars and Lego, there are cracking deals to be had right now, including the huge Lego Death Star. As Lego sets go, few are more desirable or iconic than... Read more

The most popular Christmas toys and tech from over the last 40 years
The most popular Christmas toys and tech from over the last 40 years By Adrian Willings

It seems like every year there's a new fad toy that's come to market just in time for Christmas and with high demand and limited stock, the shops are full of parents fighting to get the last one off the shelf. Over the last 40 years, there has been a... Read more

Amazon Fire for Kids Unlimited: How to download and watch videos offline
Amazon Fire for Kids Unlimited: How to download and watch videos offline By Elyse Betters

Kids love watching videos.And giving them a tablet to use, especially when traveling, can be a real lifesaver - unless, of course, there's no internet for them to connect to during the trip. Without internet, they can't download and watch movies. However,... Read more

What is YouTube Kids, how does it work, and is it really safe?
What is YouTube Kids, how does it work, and is it really safe? By Elyse Betters

If your kid wants to watch YouTube, consider trying YouTube Kids. Google launched a dedicated version of its video service that's designed just for kids in 2015. According to Google, the app was downloaded more than 10 million times in its first year... Read more

How to help your child watch YouTube Kids shows and videos safely
How to help your child watch YouTube Kids shows and videos safely By Andy Robertson

When children ask to go on the internet they usually mean "watch YouTube videos" and since YouTube Kids app launched a couple of years ago, there has been a dedicated online destination for them to visit.But while it opens an Aladdin's cave of characters,... Read more

Hatchimals are back: They're totally different now and double the fun
Hatchimals are back: They're totally different now and double the fun By Elyse Betters

Last year's "it" toy is back.Remember Hatchimals? Well, Spin Master, the maker behind the toy egg, has shown off a second-generation version that's bigger, heftier, and quite literally double the fun. Called Hatchimals Surprise, it now features two furry... Read more

Sphero Mini is a ping pong ball-sized robot you steer with your face
Sphero Mini is a ping pong ball-sized robot you steer with your face By Elyse Betters

Sphero has launched a new Sphero. Dubbed Sphero Mini, it's a lot like the original app-enabled robot toy, only it's even tinier. More specifically, it's about the size of a ping pong ball. You can control it with different modes in the Sphero Mini app,... Read more

Ultimate Collector Series Lego Millennium Falcon in pictures, all 7,541 pieces of it
Ultimate Collector Series Lego Millennium Falcon in pictures, all 7,541 pieces of it By Stuart Miles

Just how much of a Lego Star Wars fan are you? Enough to spend £650 on 7,541 piece Star Wars Lego Millennium Falcon? That's what Lego is hoping as it launches its biggest set ever to date in celebration of the new Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi.Announced... Read more

Amazon's best boys toys 2017: 11 fun kids gadgets to buy or pre-order
Amazon's best boys toys 2017: 11 fun kids gadgets to buy or pre-order By Rik Henderson

In July each year, Amazon puts on a special event to highlight the best products people might want for Christmas and beyond. And there is always one section particularly popular: toys.The retailer shows a range of tech toys and fun gadgets that kids would... Read more

What is Circle with Disney, how can it moderate kids' internet usage and how do you set it up?
What is Circle with Disney, how can it moderate kids' internet usage and how do you set it up? By Andy Robertson

No matter how responsible or communicative your children are, ensuring their online activity is safe and healthy is no easy matter. For parents this is a challenge on many levels. What content is children accessing? Which devices are they using to go... Read more

Cyberbullying: How to spot the signs and what steps to take, revealed by Internet Matters GM
Cyberbullying: How to spot the signs and what steps to take, revealed by Internet Matters GM By Rik Henderson

Internet Matters is a not-for-profit organisation that helps parents understand the digital world, so they can ensure their children can use the internet and connected devices safely.It has many articles and how-to guides about all manner of digital subjects,... Read more

Sphero's app-controlled Lightning McQueen available to drive away now
Sphero's app-controlled Lightning McQueen available to drive away now By Max Langridge

Sphero, the maker of the lovable BB-8 app-controlled droid, has branched out to Pixar and developed an app-controlled version of Lightning McQueen from the Cars trilogy, to tie in with the launch of Cars 3 in cinemas. Sphero BB-8 review: The Star Wars... Read more

Worried your children are victims of cyberbullying? Take the pledge to talk to them
Worried your children are victims of cyberbullying? Take the pledge to talk to them By Rik Henderson

Internet Matters, the organisation to aid parents in online safety, has launched a campaign to raise awareness of cyberbullying and help children and their families communicate about its dangers and effects.As well as host a #Pledge2Talk button, which... Read more

Seriously: Amazon should make the Fire Phone for Kids
Seriously: Amazon should make the Fire Phone for Kids By Chris Hall

Everyone remembers the Amazon Fire Phone and probably not for the right reasons. It was 2014, smartphones were superhot, but the Fire Phone didn't catch on. In fact, it was unilaterally derided, and its light only burned about a year before it was extinguished.So... Read more

Anki Overdrive  goes Fast & Furious with new special movie edition
Anki Overdrive goes Fast & Furious with new special movie edition By Rik Henderson

Anki has carved a niche for itself in artificially intelligent toy car racing, with Anki Overdrive offering a slot-free experience quite unlike anything else out there. There's one thing its rival, Scalextric, has been doing exceptionally well for decades... Read more

Amazon's new Parent Dashboard and Discussion Cards will keep you engaged with your child's development
Amazon's new Parent Dashboard and Discussion Cards will keep you engaged with your child's development By Max Langridge

As parents, you may not always be aware of what digital content your kids are consuming. There are ways of making sure the content they do have access to is age appropriate and safe, but unless you take a proactive approach and actually look at what they're... Read more

Lego is honouring the women of NASA with this cool new set
Lego is honouring the women of NASA with this cool new set By Elyse Betters

Lego's latest set should make space-geek feminists very happy.The company is developing a new Lego set featuring five historic women who contributed to NASA's space program. MIT News editor Maia Weinstock created the set, called Women of NASA, and submitted... Read more

Is the Nintendo Switch good for all the family? Parental controls, motion gaming and more explored
Is the Nintendo Switch good for all the family? Parental controls, motion gaming and more explored By Andy Robertson

While the internet groans under the weight of umpteen Nintendo Switch reviews, including our own here, here’s an assessment of Nintendo’s new console with a difference - from a family perspective.The Switch, if you have somehow missed the hype thus... Read more

Scalextric Arc Track Day set brings the iPad control to racing
Scalextric Arc Track Day set brings the iPad control to racing By Stuart Miles

As traditional toys continue to feel the pressure of not only games consoles but iPads as well, toy makers like Scalextric are having to up their game when it comes to appealing to players young and old.Scalextric's take is to introduce not only Bluetooth... Read more

Lego Life lays the building blocks for a safe online presence for kids
Lego Life lays the building blocks for a safe online presence for kids By Max Langridge

The Lego Group has just launched Lego Life, an app-based social network designed specifically for kids aged 13 and under. Lego Life will work in a similar way to Instagram, where kids can share photos of their Lego creations at home, and others can comment... Read more

Lego Boost sets to bring your Lego alive
Lego Boost sets to bring your Lego alive By Adrian Willings

Lego has launched a range of new robotics coding kits that are aiming to inspire would-be creators to dabble with more than just building static spaceships and houses.Revealed at CES in Las Vegas, the new range of robots and programmable toys called Lego... Read more

Win 4D colouring books for your child's WHOLE class worth £300!
Win 4D colouring books for your child's WHOLE class worth £300! By Pocket-lint Promotion

Want to win a last-minute Christmas present for your child and their school friends?We've teamed up with AliveLab, makers of the Mardles stickers that come to life, to offer one lucky winner 30 discovAR 4D colouring books that come to life - that's one... Read more

Cabbage Patch Kids now have LCD eyes and an app, of course they do
Cabbage Patch Kids now have LCD eyes and an app, of course they do By Rik Henderson

US manufacturer Wicked Cool Toys has reinvented the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls for a new generation. The originals were always creepy looking, but now they can also stare at you with moving LCD eyes.In addition, they can now be interacted with through an... Read more

Flybrix is a do-it-yourself flying drone kit that uses Lego pieces
Flybrix is a do-it-yourself flying drone kit that uses Lego pieces By Elyse Betters

Ever want to build a drone from scratch? Well, now you can using Lego.Flybrix is offering a unique, do-it-yourself drone kit, which is based on the idea that if you crash your drone, you can rebuild it and make it airborne again within minutes. This... Read more

PlayFusion Lightseekers for iOS and Android: Toys to life is not dead, it's only just beginning
PlayFusion Lightseekers for iOS and Android: Toys to life is not dead, it's only just beginning By Andy Robertson

With Disney's withdrawal from the toys-to-life game genre questions were asked on whether the bubble had burst for videogames that interact with physical toys. However, not only are Lego Dimensions and Skylanders still going strong, with both having significant... Read more

May the Force be with you: Battle worn BB-8 and Force Band let you ditch phone control
May the Force be with you: Battle worn BB-8 and Force Band let you ditch phone control By Stuart Miles

First announced at CES in Las Vegas in January, Sphero has finally put its "battle worn" version of BB-8 on sale alongside offering the "Force Band" that allows you to control the Droid by moving your arm.The Droid, which is identical in all aspects apart... Read more

Sky Kids app now has offline viewing to help with school holidays travelling
Sky Kids app now has offline viewing to help with school holidays travelling By Rik Henderson

Sky Kids for Android and iOS now offers offline viewing. You can download the shows and films available on the application to keep children entertained over school holiday trips and beyond.Customers with either a Sky Go Extra, Sky Multiscreen or Sky Q... Read more

Hasbro's Furby is now a connected toy with LCD screens for eyes
Hasbro's Furby is now a connected toy with LCD screens for eyes By Elyse Betters

Although it's 2016, Furby is still a thing.Hasbro's weird, nostalgic fur beast has been resurrected with some new tricks. It's now a connected toy, for instance. And it's eyes are full-colour LCD screens. You'll also notice a glowing antenna on its head... Read more

Cozmo is the tiny robot with the big brain, from the team behind Anki Overdrive
Cozmo is the tiny robot with the big brain, from the team behind Anki Overdrive By Rik Henderson

US toy start-up Anki has had great success with its artificially intelligent, app-controlled driving games over the last couple of years, but it is finally ready to expand its line-up with a departure from its Drive and Overdrive racing systems.Cozmo... Read more

Mattel celebrates Star Trek's 50th anniversary with amazing Barbie set
Mattel celebrates Star Trek's 50th anniversary with amazing Barbie set By Elyse Betters

Mattel has just given youngster Trekkies a major treat: Star Trek Barbies.Anyone who is a fan of the CBS-owned sci-fi franchise will know that 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek series. To celebrate that anniversary, CBS Consumer Products... Read more

BBC micro:bit now available for pre-order, get your kids into coding
BBC micro:bit now available for pre-order, get your kids into coding By Rik Henderson

The BBC micro:bit is now available for pre-order from element14, the tech company that also distributes the Raspberry Pi in the UK.It was previously distributed to schools to help children learn the basics of coding, but is now starting to roll out... Read more