5 Educational and Child – Friendly Mobile Applications

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5 Educational and Child – Friendly Mobile Applications

Educational apps

The internet could be a very positive step towards education, organization and participation in a meaningful society.   – Noam Chomsky

It’s the digital era and is as much the internet is an amazing platform, it also has its downside. Children today can easily use a smart mobile phone with so much precision and agility not knowing the ills that can be found within the internet from cyberbullying to viewing adult content. However, mobile application developers have come to the rescue with applications specifically for children. These applications are not only fun but also educative.

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  1. Duolingo

When you can speak to people in their own language you deepen connections and understanding. Learning a new language is not only for the grown-ups. When children learn a new language, they not only grow their brains but become better citizens.

Many teachers and even entire governments around the world already view Duolingo as the perfect blended learning companion for their classrooms. Duolingo lessons give each student personalized feedback and practice, preparing them to get the most out of classroom instruction. The fun, game-like lessons keep children motivated and excited about language.

Available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

  1. Nat Geo Kids Magazine

Nat Geo Kids Magazine teaches children about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and to make it a better place. The application inspires young adventurers to explore the world through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events, and a website and is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core. Nat Geo Kids magazine (10 issues per year) and Little Kids magazine (six issues per year) are photo-driven publications and are available on newsstands or by subscription in print and on tablets.

Available for Android and iOS.

  1. YouTube Kids App

YouTube Kids is a safe and simple platform for kids to explore the world through online video – from their favourite shows and music to learning how to build their own balloon toy car or create their own string art and everything in between. There is also a whole suite of parental controls, so parents can tailor the experience to their family’s needs.

Available for Android and iOS.

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  1. Pinterest

Are you looking for ways to keep your child busy during the holidays?

Pinterest is an amazing platform for those DIY arts and crafts activities as the platform is filled with inspiring and actionable ideas. The site showcases simple recipes you can do with your child, reusing ideas, art templates, and even gardening and outdoor activities. Using your account, your child can have their own board where they pin what they would like to do.

It is important that parents and for children’s safety that one knows that there is the privacy feature which can be set to prevent children coming across adult content.

Available for Android and iOS.

  1. Da Vinci Kids App

The Da Vinci Kids app brings hours of hand-picked, educational entertainment for kids aged 6-12 at home and on the go. Featuring 2500+ award-winning, curriculum-based videos which are expertly curated, child-safe content. The application is a full-on edutainment platform offering  Science, Math & Tech, Play & Make, History & Personalities, Culture, Life & Nature, Sports & Leisure. Children can learn at their own pace. Their videos are dedicated to opening minds, and answer every ‘how?’ and ‘why?’ that children love to ask.

Available for Android and iOS.

DISCLAIMER | Screen time and parental controls

It is very crucial to set standards even when your children are using a mobile device. Too much screen time can result in your child being exposed to or get access to inappropriate content, or strangers might contact them online. Limiting screen time ensures your child is kept safe. It is also important to be involved with what your child is watching or doing while online. Ask them what apps they like and why they like them. Watch what they watch. Let it be an engaging moment. Downloading an app, just because it has educational content does not mean technology has made your life easier, you still have to be involved in the process of learning just like homework, consider the application homework too.

Always remember to set Parental Controls on all your devices.

With Android, you can restrict apps, games, movies, and TV your child tries to download from the Google Play Store. You can download the Family Link app, then create a Google account for your child. This will easily set Screen Times for your child and keep track of your child’s device’s location when it’s turned on.

With iOS, use Screen Time to restrict the use of built-in apps and block iTunes and app store purchases such as movies, music, and TV with specific ratings. You can also limit your child’s browsing to sites you specify.

With Windows, Microsoft family lets you filter websites, block apps, games, and other media, and regulate your child’s ability to make Microsoft Store purchases.

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