How to choose the right app for your kid?
Despite claims made by the so-called -'educational-' apps that turn out to be nothing more than just digital candies, researchers have identified...
New York: Despite claims made by the so-called "educational" apps that turn out to be nothing more than just digital candies, researchers have identified features that parents should seek out while selecting the right apps for their kids. There are now over 80,000 apps marketed as "educational" in the Apple app store, the majority of which are targeted towards children and even babies.
An interdisciplinary team of researchers have advised parents to avoid apps that keep children's attention through passive activities, like repetitive swiping. Instead, they should look for apps that require real mental effort and depend on the child's active participation. Avoid apps that feature a lot of distracting "bells and whistles."
Parents should look for apps that support sustained engagement with the task at hand, the report noted. In place of apps that tell your child what to know, look for the ones that use guided exploration to help your child discover new information on their own terms.