Not surprisingly, the biggest trends in the family tech space this month revolved around side effects of COVID-19: health, education and family/household management. Founders are building some very exciting new technology in all three areas -- and deploying tech tools like AI and gaming to address them.
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Trend #1: Mental Health
By far the coolest thing we saw this month was the FDA approval of the first prescription videogame, called EndeavorRx, to treat kids with ADHD. Meanwhile, Brightline launched a behavioral health platform for kids that connects kids with psychiatrists, therapists, and coaches who can provide one-on-one tele-therapy, and family health startup Maven acquired Bright Parenting, an app that helps parents with behavioral skills.
- The FDA just approved the first prescription video game — it’s for kids with ADHD (Sean Hollister, The Verge)
- This digital therapy platform aims to help kids stuck at home (Ruth Reader, Fast Company)
- Fueled By Its $45 Million Series C, Digital Health Clinic Maven Acquires Bright Parenting To Equip Parents With Behavioral Skills (Bérénice Magistretti, Forbes)
Trend #2: Family/Household Management
Just as parents are reaching peak parenting burnout, a slew of apps have arrived to help lighten the load. Villo aims to offer parents access to a virtual household manager, while a bunch of new products aim to keep families organized -- notably, Better AI (an AI-driven family organization app), Kin (which bills itself as Notion for families), and Modern Village (still a work in progress but planning to be an all-purpose to-do app for families).
- Parental Overload? These Two Moms Are Working on Tech Cures (Julie Jargon, WSJ)
- Better Ai Launches New Personal Assistant To Help Busy Families Manage Life (PR Newswire)
Trend #3: Education
Digital learning is here to stay -- and might be the biggest trend to come out of COVID so far in the fam-tech space. Perennial favorite (at least in my family) Osmo has launched an app that lets educators supervise Osmo activities remotely. Meanwhile, newcomer Lessonbee, ostensibly a health-ed platform, offers a diverse curriculum of difficult-to-teach topics, from sex education to race to mental health, that integrates into existing K-12 school districts as a separate standalone course.
- Osmo Live helps educators teach young kids remotely (Dean Takahashi, Venture Beat)
- Health class is outdated, so Lessonbee wants to fix it (Natasha Mascarenhas for TechCrunch)
Also of Note
- Parent/teacher communication app ClassTag raised a $5M seed round to grow its platform
- Reno-based Kumbaya launched a new app to help teens find jobs doing virtual tutoring and babysitting
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