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VIDEO Life Lessons: Choosing the right apps for kids

Credit: WFMZ Allentown, PA
Published on October 9, 2018 -

VIDEO Life Lessons: Choosing the right apps for kids

Mobile phone and tablet use by kids under the age of 8 is up by 1,000 percent over the past several years.

With all of those apps claiming to be educational, how can parents recognize the valid apps from plain old digital candy?

WFMZ's Nancy Werteen has some tips in Life Lessons.

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VIDEO Life Lessons: Choosing the right apps for kids

Phone and tablet use by kids under the age of eight, is up by one thousand percent over the past several years.

>>eve russo: and with all of those apps claiming to be educational, how can parents recognize the valid apps from plain old digital candy?

Wfmz's nancy werteen has some tips in today's life lessons.

>>nancy: most parents set up their kids phones so they have to give approval for any apps downloaded.

But it can be hard to decide which apps are okay.

Now a new research study is helping parents make the right picks.

>>nat sound >>nancy: tablets, phones all with apps; thousands of them any for free, all claiming to be educational.

But how can parents tell which ones are of value?

>>kathy hirs?pasek, phd professor of psychology temple university "here you have these platforms that are dying for content, right, and the kids are virtually addicted to."

>>nancy: even the most dedicated parents can't preview thousands of apps, so most just do what they can.

>>jenny ferguson parent "i don't think i would let her necessarily pick something on her own without me checking it out or googling it first."

>>nancy: to help parents like jenny be more definitive about which apps help kids learn, hirs?

Pasek launched a study to help define the educational, in s?

Called educational apps.

The study found that there are features that parents should look for.

>>kathy hirs?pasek, phd "these kind of features popped out of the literature & active, engaged meaningful, socially interactive and has a learning goal."

>>nancy: those pillars of learning are the foundation.

And here are the building blocks for a powerful decisio?making formula: apps that encourage social interaction, exploration and creativity.

An app should engage children, like a parent would.

And remember the app should not be complicated or a child might lose interest.

>>kathy hirs?pasek, phd "take a peek at what your kid is doing.

And, if you don't like what you see, or it's something common sense goes, nix, then don't do it."

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>>nancy: parents can visit commo?sens?

Pmedi?do?org for more

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