Technology has taken over our world, and most of us have actually been using it constantly for many years now in a daily basis.
It is only logical to accept that technology will be essential in our children’s life in many more ways that we can imagine.
It is true that technology can be scary for us as parents, but if we can’t fight it, we can at least teach our kids to use it in a healthy way, to make sure they have the tools and resources they will need in the future.
As an introduction to technology, apps are definitely a great way to go for many reasons. Apps allow us as parents to actually choose the content and limit it, so we can make sure they are manageable and understandable for our children. In that sense, it is also good that our children have access first tot a technology that they can handle easily, so iPads or tablets are the best way to go, as they can hold them and don’t need them to be as precise in space while using their fingers as they would on a phone.
So ¿what should we look for in a children’s app for iPad or tablet? Here are some things we should check before we share them with our little ones.
Mind the content
If there is a general rule on this topic, that is that is not technology that is dangerous per se, is the content that our children have access to that it is.
Look for content that is engaging, educational and appropriate.
If it is fun they will want to play again with it, if they feel they are learning they will want to continue getting that feeling. Make sure their screen time on their iPads or tablets is rewarding and promotes their creativity afterwards. If they are inspired by what theys saw and did during their time playing with the app, they will project that in other areas of their lives.
Who made the app?
Like with any other thing in life, look up the source. The team behind the app can tell you a lot about the content and the real final aim behind the app. If it is developed by a big company or even supported by a brand, chances are that they are going to include some “inviting” content you might not want for your kid.
You can look at the company’s values to figure out what they stand for.
Trust other parents, read the reviews
Luckily for us, in this time of communication, we can hear from other parents and experts their honest opinions and experiences using the apps.
Take the time to read the reviews and articles recommending the apps, and make sure to contrast them before you choose the final app you want to share with your children.
Does the app include ads?
As we were saying before, sometimes apps are linked to brands or companies that are looking to do early campaigns on kids. And while it might not seem like a big deal, the thing is that is the best way to start targeting this generation. So a good thing to keep in mind is to check whether the app contains ads or teasers to other products. If that is the case, we recommend to stay away from them.
Is your child’s privacy protected?
Your child’s privacy is for now your responsibility, so when introducing them to an app for their iPad or tablet, make sure that their privacy is going to be protected. What does that mean? Well, it means beware of the apps that ask for too much information about your kids.
Of course apps should be adequate for your kid’s age, but that’s pretty much it when it comes to information you might need to provide.
Is the app appropriate?
This is a wide question. The app needs to be age appropriate so we know the content will be right for them, understandable and inspiring.
We can check that before buying it, but anyway we will really see that whenever we watch our child play and observe how much it challenges them and if the content is as right as we expected.
It must match as well their personalities. We know our child better than anybody, so lets try to make sure we actually think about that whenever we choose their next app.
At Comomola we do our best to meet all these guidelines in everyone of our apps. You can get to know us more and check our content and company values on our website http://www.comomola.rocks