Above all we are parents: when we design our apps we are thinking about our own children and what we like that they find while they are playing with the apps and what… we don’t! But… How to choose best apps for toddlers!
That’s why we know what to look for in a good app for a toddler. First of all, decide if you want to offer digital training to your child. What a big decision! If you’ve decided to make digital media a part of your toddlers’ lives, take some time to read this post because we are going to give you some tips on how to choose the best app for toddlers.
BENEFITS OF TODDLER APPS
Obviously as a parent you will be worried about overdoing screen time; that’s why probably you doubt about giving your toddler apps to play with.
After all, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced just last year that children between the ages of 2 and 5 should be exposed to only one hour of media and screens per day. But… how can we keep kids away from media? It seems that in this digital age it’s most important to teach how, when, and what to use than to deny the reality: screens are here to stay.
What’s important is making sure the toddler apps you are choosing are full of quality digital content, the kind that actually provides benefits for your child.
“I think there’s something to be said for developing technological skills and getting a familiarity and a comfort level with digital media at a young age, because this is the way life is now,” says Chrissy Elgersma, apps editor at Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that advocates for safe media for kids.
How to choose the best app for toddlers
Parents who turn to apps as a way to educate, entertain or merely distract their children are overwhelmed by the thousands of options, combined with hundreds of ratings and user comments. What guidelines can parents use to make informed decisions regarding which apps to download – and which to avoid? Well, you should take into consideration these next steps:
- Look for toddler apps appropriate for her/his age
To support their development and ensure children have fun playing apps, it is important that they are well targeted to the age of your child. If you have a doubt, you can check the website of the developer.
- Look for toddler apps that encourage active play, creativity, genuine fun and family time.
Technology is often criticized for encouraging children to become coach potatoes and to isolate. What better way to counter that argument than to look for apps that get your child active, that are fun in sharing with friends and family, and to encourage social development and creativity and beyond.
Research shows that kids learn more when parents join in the fun – this is true for all media.
Take an active role by choosing an app and don’t be bashful about playing with your child, taking turns with who gets to control the screen and select the next level.
- Choose apps that support development (but are not boring)
To be interesting for a toddler, and app need to challenge them enough to have fun without being too easy or without failing all the time.
Ideally it’s great to find apps that help children master skills they are on the verge of developing or practice newly acquired skills.
- Be willing to pay for good apps.
There are a lot of free apps out there. Generally the best apps come at a small price but give much more of their cost. Given the quality of the content it’s really a good idea. So if you’ve checked reviews and know the app is good, or if you’ve tried the free ‘lite’ version and like it, buy it! Probably you will avoid third party ads.
And if you still doubt you can download one of our apps