Tech with Kids is a digital magazine that reviews children's media products, including apps, games, websites, and tech toys. All products are tested by our professional reviewers and, when appropriate, played by kids. Products receive a star rating from 1 to 5. We bestow our BEST PICK Award to the top products that we review.
Our mission is to be a valuable resource for parents, grandparents, teachers, and child-care providers in finding the best tech to use with kids. It is not our intent to write reviews of all kid tech products released. While we look at and play thousands of products in a year, we only post reviews of those products we think are good for kids or are getting significant buzz so that our negative review will help you make a decision.
We don't accept any remuneration for reviewing products and app developers cannot buy their way to the top of our reviewing queue.
Tech with Kids also hosts an annual conference in San Francisco for app developers called Developing Apps for Kids.
Tech with Kids is the brainchild of founder and editor Jinny Gudmundsen, a professional kid technology expert since 1996. In 1998, Jinny founded the magazine, Choosing Children's Software, which was distributed in print nationwide until 2003. It was carried on newsstands throughout the United States and was sold at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Books-A-Million, Zany Brainy, and other stores. Jinny developed a reviewing instrument with calibrated standards for her reviewers to use in rating software.
In 2000, Jinny started writing the Kid-Tech column for USA Today and the 82 Gannett newspapers. While doing that, she launched the ComputingwithKids.com website, which housed some of the reviews found in Choosing Children's Software and her weekly column. In 2004, Jinny transformed her print magazine into an online format at Computingwithkids.com. For the past 10 years, that online magazine was only available by subscription. In January of 2014, Computing with Kids changed its name to Tech with Kids, and it is now available for free.
New content is added weekly. Some of the reviews on this site were previously published on USA Today, and other classic reviews date back to 2000. The library of over 1500 reviews is divided into the categories of apps, video games, websites, and smart toys.
As the editor of Tech with Kids, Jinny brings 20 years of experience in reviewing children's technology. She is a nationally recognized Kid-Tech Expert. Jinny founded and served as the editor of the print magazine, Choosing Children's Software. And for 15 years, she wrote the syndicated Kid-Tech Column for USA Today and the 82 Gannett newspapers. She is the author of iPad Apps for Kids For Dummies and and the co-author of the book The Parent's Pocket Guide to Kids & Computers.
Jinny has written for numerous publications including Los Angeles Times, ABC News.com, San Jose Mercury News, Child magazine, Family PC magazine, Your Family magazine, Computer Source Magazine, On Magazine, Common Sense Media, and many others.
Jinny sits on judging panels for several national awards programs for the toy, video games, and apps industries. She appears regularly on national TV and radio as a children's technology expert, including NPR radio shows, ABC's World News Tonight, The Better Show, and Hallmark's Home and Family. And she has also served as a consultant for schools in deciding what technology to use in the classroom and in training teachers in technology use. Jinny also worked with Common Sense Media for over six years, serving in a variety of editorial positions including being the channel editor for apps, videos games, and websites.
Jinny is the mother of two technology savvy children and is married to a technology- challenged husband.
Jinny is available for keynoting your technology event. Some of her most recent speech topics are:
Liz K. McKinney
Reviewer Liz McKinney is a lifelong educator. She first started volunteering with pre-school children with special needs when she was still in high school. Since then, she's worked with students of all ages and abilities, from teaching English in Tanzania to tutoring for study skills and college applications in suburban DC. Liz worked for two years reviewing apps for Common Sense Media and also served as the technical editor for iPad Apps for Kids for Dummies. Her degrees in anthropology and international relations from Harvard and Cambridge, as well as her professional certification in education advising, all contribute to her assessment of which apps are best for playing with and teaching our children. When she's not trying out new apps with her two brilliant nieces, Liz also enjoys teaching yoga, traveling, singing, hiking and reading.
Erin Bell has been a professional writer and editor for almost fifteen years, specializing in interactive entertainment and consumer technology. She has written for various print and online publications including the Globe and Mail, CBC.ca, PC World Canada, Pocket Games magazine, and Common Sense Media. For 4 years she was the editor of the award-winning casual games website Gamezebo.com. Erin is the mother of two young boys who love helping her test out the latest apps. Based in Toronto, Erin also enjoys music, reading, rugby (watching) and ball hockey (playing).