A recent PBS Kids survey showed that more than half of the parents surveyed are planning a technology purchase for their kids this holiday season. If you're among them, how can you make sure the technology is being used safely and is educational for your child? Here are some tips from PBS Kids:
1. Think about what your child is passionate about: Look for content that builds on your child’s excitement. Media should engage kids and spark their curiosity about the world around them.
2. Distinguish what is truly educational: Consider whether the content of the app is curriculum and research-based. Mobile platforms can amplify learning for children.
3. Develop a media plan for your family: A balanced media diet includes setting limits. This is also something that parents can keep in mind, too, as kids often model their parents’ behavior.
4. Play together: For kids 2 and up, apps are another opportunity to explore with your child. Talking with kids about the game or activity as you play offers both the opportunity to bond as a family and also identify teachable moments.
5. Avoid apps that try to sell: Select apps from trusted, reliable sources, and make sure that they are not trying to market to your child.
PBS KIDS offers more than 25 different educational apps, many of them free – such as PBS Parents Play & Learn. The new PBSKIDS.org has been designed specifically to serve the increasing numbers of children interacting with PBS educational programing on mobile devices. PBSKIDS.org is the number one site for total time spent watching kids video online, with the PBS KIDS Video app available free for both iOS and Android devices.