Kids in the Omniverse -- and Don't Be Dumb about Smartwatches

Back-to-school month was a hellscape for parents, caused, in no small part, by the inadequacy of in-the-market edtech offerings (combined with the inadequacy of tech-training for teachers). But aside from the exploding edtech market, which saw over $375M in new capital in September, there's not much else to report. So we'll keep this month's report brief.

Welcome to your monthly Family Tech Trend Report, brought to you by Nanno.

Fun & Games

The infamous Epic Games announced last week that it's acquired "kid tech" company Super Awesome, known for defining the digital standards that keep more than half a billion children anonymous when they’re engaging with online games and videos. (VentureBeat) Is this a signal that Epic is going to turn its Unreal Engine on kid-friendly gamescapes or that it's looking to up its safety and privacy game across the board? (Let's hope for both.)

Smartwatch or Dumb Watch?

Apple's new smartwatch is being lauded by some as the perfect family comms tool (since it's standalone and doesn't need to be paired with a phone). But others point out that putting a mobile-enabled tracking device on your children, absent a LOT of security measures, might not be the wisest choice.

Fam-Tech Funding Notes for September

  • Homer nabs $50M from Lego, Sesame Workshop and Gymboree for its early learning apps (Ingrid Lunden, TechCrunch)
  • BEGiN Raises $50M From LEGO, Sesame and Gymboree to Scale Early Education Services (Tony Wan, EdSurge)
  • Toucan raises $3M to teach you new languages as you browse the web (Anthony Ha, TechCrunch)
  • Greenlight, maker of money management app for kids, raises $215 million (Jane Lanhee Lee, Reuters)
  • Outschool, newly profitable, raises a $45M Series B for virtual small group classes (Natasha Mascarenhas, TechCrunch)
  • Former Blackboard CEO Raises $16M to Bring LMS Features to Zoom Classrooms (Tony Wan, EdSurge)

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About Liz Oertle
Denver, CO
Liz Oertle is the CEO and co-founder of Nanno. A recovering attorney and mother of two, she is passionate about helping parents connect with high quality childcare on demand.