Tips for Buying Apps for your kids
Let’s be honest, the top gifts for kids are no longer tangible toys rather they are downloadable presents. According to a 2012 survey done by PBS Kids, the leading trend in gifts for children are electronic, like apps, e-books, digital games and music. Thankfully this digitalized phenomenon is doing more than just entertaining, it is providing your kids with an educational tool that supports literacy, math and science. But with thousands of options promising to be the best, how do you choose?
The following tips suggested by PBS promise to help guide your decision:
Combine education and entertainment.
When choosing an app for your child it is important that you ask yourself what your objective is. Do you want a time filler? Do you want the app to be an educational tool? Even if you just want the app to educate your child, it’s important that the app engages as many senses as possible because this will keep them interested and guarantee a higher level of learning.
Mommy/Daddy and Me
Like in all other media, kids learn more when their parents join them. If you choose an app for your child make sure to look for one you think will hold their attention. Some families choose to introduce competition by taking turns controlling the screen. But whether or not you choose to introduce competition, the reality is that talking to your kids about the game as you play will not only prove to be informative but will provide you with an opportunity to bond.
Understand that just because the app claims to be for 6 year olds it doesn’t mean the app is suitable for your 6 year old. Perhaps the app is a little too advanced for your child, or perhaps your child is to advance for the app. Remember all children develop differently, so be sure to pick the apps accordingly.
Although apps do serve as a great educational tool, it is important to set limits. Like any other form of technology, too much can cause damage. Just like you set limits on how much TV your child is allowed to watch, you should also set limits on how much time they spend staring at a screen. Even if your child uses the device for school, they should balance it with offline activities and traditional learning.
Reliable Apps from Reliable sources
Look for apps developed by reliable educational brands. Make sure the apps have characters that will serve as role models for your child. Remember that kids between the ages of 2-10 rely heavily on imitation; therefore you should avoid apps that display violence. Try testing the app yourself before you give it to your child to play, and talk to other parents to see what kind of apps their children use. And finally, never underestimate the power of a good review.
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