One of the challenges for parents today is monitoring screen time, especially for young children, and also keeping up with digital natives who are tech savvy at very young ages.
According to a report in the New York Times earlier this week, Apple and the government came to an agreement on how to address a problem with how Apple handles purchases at the app store that allowed 15 minutes for purchasing without renewing authorization, which kids then used to download more apps without parent permission.
For parents who wish to avoid the download issues and perhaps establish limits for screen time by making access to learning apps associated with “going somewhere to learn,” libraries are a great resource for accessing reading and learning apps via iPad devices mounted in the facility.
Librarians organize programs and events for parents and children to experience “story time” using librarian-recommended apps. These programs offer a great way to become familiar with the content that will work best for you and your child.
Siri Hiltz at the at the Fair Oaks Library has compiled a list of recommended apps.
- Sandra Boynton Books – these books adaptations provide a lot of interactivity for young readers, adding whimsical and unexpected animations while preserving the experience of reading a board book. They are some of her favorite apps: Moo, Baa, La, La, La; The Going to Bed Book; Barnyard Dance; and Blue Hat, Green Hat.
- Lingo Zoo
- PopOut! Peter Rabbit
- The Monster at the End of this Book . . . starring Grover!
- Musical Me
- Goosed Up Rhymes
Both Hiltz and Carmack recommend, Don't Let the Pigeon Run This App!
For older children, Foulk suggest parents consult AASL has released a list of recommended teaching apps here:
- Banana Moments: Help for Parenting in the Network Culture
- Teaching tweens and teens the safe use of texting and social media
- Little eLit
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- Placer County Library – Rocklin
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