Mattel and SuperAwesome in conversation: Digital privacy and the challenges of technology for kids

With so much of our education and entertainment tied to technology and the internet in 2018, how can we ensure that children and their privacy are protected?

At Collision Conference in New Orleans, SuperAwesome CEO Dylan Collins sat down with Mattel CTO Sven Gerjets to tackle the difficult questions, including how the toy industry can protect kids privacy in the age of connected toys, and how technology is affecting the way that children play.

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The future of tech and toys: SuperAwesome CEO Dylan Collins and Mattel CTO Sven Gerjets at Collision Conference

Mattel’s CTO Sven Gerjets joined our CEO Dylan Collins onstage at Collision Conference in New Orleans for a comprehensive discussion on the future of tech and toys in the kids market.

Speaking with Leah Hunter of Fast Company, they cover the necessity for creating responsible digital experiences for kids, what a zero-data internet looks like in practice, and how ensuring that products are private by design can ensure that kids grow up in a safe environment.

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How we hire engineers to build kid-safe technology

So you’re interested in joining SuperAwesome.

You probably already fell in love with our mission – “Making the internet a safer place for kids” – and our values, and you might have read how last year we ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in UK. You know that investors believe in us, that we’re really innovating the kidtech industry, and that over 250 companies use our technology to ensure safe digital engagement with kids around the world.

The good news is that we’re always looking for great engineers – and the other good news is that I’m here to help to familiarise you with our hiring process.

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Introducing SafeFam: the certification program for young YouTubers

The challenge presented by kids spending time on YouTube has been well-documented over the last few months. Ultimately, the platform was designed for adults, so there are limits to what content safeguards YouTube can put in place for the under-13 audience. Today, we’re stepping in to help by rolling out our SafeFam content certification for YouTubers with young audiences.

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The emerging kids trend of Original Characters

Children have always used art to explore the boundaries of their imagination whether that be with finger paint, sketching under the covers – or now, more recently, using digital art platforms and tablets. While Gen X-ers might see something to mourn in the switch from real-life creativity to online exploration, the basic beauty of curiosity and creativity still exists on the digital playground.  On PopJam, we see this most clearly in the evolution of Original Characters.

So, what are they?

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Unconference: Growing the London Node.js ecosystem

“I love it when a plan comes together!”, this is the catch-phrase I’d use to define the first ever London Node.js Unconference event we co-hosted with our friends from RecWorks last night at our Headquarters.

London's First Node.js UnconferenceSome very interesting things are happening in the Node.js ecosystem, so we decided to gather ~30 smart and passionate developers to share, learn and meet others in the community, all while eating pizza and having a beer. Of course, we let them decide the most appealing topics to discuss (it wouldn’t be an Unconference otherwise) and let them loose on the mic. Continue reading

In an era of smartphones, kids are still doing old-school role-play

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“Go outside and play” is a phrase used by parents across the world. You’ve either said it, or heard it, a thousand times. But now, in the era of tablets and smartphones and increasing opportunity to have just as much fun inside as out, does the concept of what it means to play need to change? Continue reading