Mobile Technology

Group Files Complaint over Mobile Apps for Babies

Claims makers are trying to "dupe" parents into thinking they'll make kids smarter


Can a mobile app really teach a baby to find her nose, or to recognize letters and numbers? Not according to an advocacy group that filed a complaint today with the Federal Trade Commission.

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood alleges that two developers of popular baby apps—Fisher Price and Open Solutions—are trying to dupe parents into thinking their online games make infants and toddlers smarter.

The group is the same one whose allegations against "Baby Einstein" videos eventually led to nationwide consumer refunds.