In one of our previous posts we had told you about the growing fascination of small children for smartphones and other gadgets. We understand that as moms, you constantly worry about the type of content that are available on the Internet and their impact on the young minds. Children today are indeed tech-savvy and you canâ€™t actually keep them away from their preferences. Well, not all is lost. There is a host of kid-friendly apps available to help out moms like you. You can conveniently have these apps on your smartphone or computer and let your kids enjoy them too. Now the million dollar question is how and where you can find such apps.
You can actually find them everywhere. There are a host of places that offer ratings for apps and depending on the age appropriateness, you could choose from them and thereafter relax. iTunes, Android Market, Verizon Media Store, and carrier app stores are a few of such places to name here. Visit these stores and choose your pick of apps for your kids according to their preference and age. The consistency and authenticity of the mobile app ratings are regularly viewed by ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) and a certificate given to the apps so that parents and guardians can actually take a look at them before purchasing an app.
Tips to buy apps according to age
- The first and most important point to be noted here is that parents should talk to their wards regarding the apps that they may be interested in. Not only will this exercise introduce kids to a responsible online behavior, they will also learn about the hazards awaiting them in the Internet world. Before you, as a parent, go ahead and download an app yourself for your kid, we recommend that you yourself go through the apps that are available in the genre. In this way you can filter things much before you have even brought them to your children.
- Secondly, age- appropriate apps are available across a wide budget range. Depending on your pocket, look for apps that suit your preference and that of your children.
- Most apps also feature ads that may not be age appropriate. Therefore, keep an eye on such details before you zero on one particular for your child.
Although, at the moment, the ratings for age appropriateness isnâ€™t uniform; different stores rate their products differently. However, a little knowledge about the various apps and by physically monitoring the apps, before purchasing them, you can provide the best environment for your pre-teen and teenaged kids.