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Here's where you'll find all the latest news about technology for children. We love to follow cool new inventions on Kickstarter and we hunt out all the latest announcements about tech toys and gadgets for the coming Christmas holidays. You'll also get our take on children's technology stories in the media.

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Our kids technology product reviews are intended to help you work out whether a toy, gadget or kit is a good fit for your child or family. There's lots of cool stuff available, but is it the right choice for the child or teenager that you are buying for? We'll help you make the right choices and get the best value for money.

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Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends assemble. We create gift lists to help you make good choices for kids technology which helps them develop the right skills for the future. We research the best in Coding Toys and Games, Making / Craft Tools and Kits, STEM/STEAM related gifts, Programmable Robots, Electronics Kits and Gadgets for Tech Age Kids and Teens.

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Get crafty with technology. Here we'll post all our ideas and projects using technology to get creative and making with kids. You'll find anything from making a lemon battery to a glow-in-the-dark Minecraft sword. Our projects are tried and tested on our own kids or at events we run, so we are sure you can have a go at home with your kids. Some of our projects use specific tech gadgets which we provide links for you to purchase.

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STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In recent years there is an increased focus in these areas of study. We like to include Art and Design too, so we often talk about STEAM (A stands for Art). At Tech Age Kids we believe Coding is a new literacy and children need to understand how technology works, practice making skills and grow in their curiosity to make a better future for us all.

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Coding is increasingly being recognised as an important skill for children to learn. Some will learn to code at school or at a coding club, but it's brilliant if they get support at home too.

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We think it's really important for kids to get hands-on with electronics and learn how to make circuits and write code to control hardware. Younger kids can start with conductive playdough. For kids who like to combine craft and tech, littleBits are fab. And we love SAM Labs wireless electronics components for making it easy for kids to make Internet of Things inventions. Lots of electronics kits for kids have support for the Arduino microprocessor environment. The DuinoKit Jr is one of our favourites. Arduino is a fab skill for older kids and teens to develop.

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We love robots at Tech Age Kids, especially programmable ones. We've got lots of them and write reviews and projects that use them. Our programmable robots for kids buying guide is a good place to start if you're not sure what's available. Roby the mBot Meccano robot dog is one of our popular projects and has been with us to lots of events. Our Ozobot LEGO trailer is fab for kids who love LEGO and robots.

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We're advocates of the creative use of technology, but this needs to be balanced with developing physical skills such as papercraft, woodwork, clay modelling, technical drawing and soldering. If children don't develop these skills as they grow up then physical making projects can become frustrating rather than fun. The Maker Community uses the term 'making' as a broad term to include all sorts of artisan skills or craft activities. Being able to make things can lead to life-long hobbies or even careers. It's a great feeling to be able to take a project from an idea in your head to a real object that does something. We're particularly interested to explore products that combine maker skills with tech skills such as electronics but others focus purely on the physical making skills that are still important to modern making.

iRights - Enabling Children and Young People to Access Digital Technologies Creatively, Knowledgeably and Fearlessly

iRights is an initiative to put in place guidance, and ultimately a legal framework, to enable children and young people to get the best from digital technologies.

This is an important, and complex, topic which deserves to be actively discussed. The approach that iRights takes is to promote the education of young people so that they understand how the digital world works while also demanding that service providers meet the needs of children and young people.

Tech Age Kids supports iRights for young people. There's more work to be done but it's fantastic that this topic is getting attention.

The focus on the rights of the young people and the responsibilities to them is important. iRights isn't about giving rights and responsibilities to parents as many other initiatives are.
iRights is a civil society initiative that seeks to make the digital world a more transparent and empowering place for children and young people (under 18) by delivering a universal framework of digital rights, in order that young people are able to access digital technologies creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly.

In the US, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is concerned with ensuring that parental permission is obtained whenever children's data is collected.

Websites can easily avoid COPPA by not providing their services to users that they know to be under 13. This is fine for websites that are not suitable for under 13s, but we don't want it to prevent children from accessing websites that would be useful to them. It's preferable to encourage websites to put appropriate safeguards in place.

Children need access to digital technologies so that they can develop their skills. The balance between freedom and protection that iRights is advocating is important.

The 5 iRights


iRights has produced a short animated film to be shared with young people:



iRights is UK-based and founded by Baroness Beeban Kidron, an English film director and campaigner for children's online rights.
The issues addressed by iRights are international, many of the services that young people access will originate in the US and other countries, it's not always easy to see where the boundaries are. This discussion needs to be held it the context of an international internet. The video is worth watching and sharing whether you are in the UK or elsewhere.

iRights touches on many of the issues that parents are concerned about today including the difficulty that young people have in disengaging from technology and the impact that ill-considered information sharing might have in later life. We'll be covering issues like these in more detail in future articles on Tech Age Kids. It's important that parents understand the issues and know how to make sure their children are developing into empowered digital citizens.


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