There’s no denying it’s important to limit how much time a child (or anyone, really) spends staring at a screen. Like sugary food or the Kardashians, some things are just best enjoyed in moderation.
But in today’s increasingly digital world it’s also impossible, and potentially limiting, to eradicate screen use altogether:
One thing is indisputably clear — kids learn from media, and the fact that they now have 24/7 access to screens nearly anywhere and everywhere means they’re learning more than ever. So “what” they’re watching — content — matters.
Admittedly, this kind of learning is passive and often solitary, which isn’t ideal for long stretches of time. But that’s not to say it’s without it’s benefits, either.
“There are definitely benefits to learning by watching,” Dr Fiona Martin, principal psychologist of the Sydney Child Psychology Centre. “We all watched videos at school didn’t we?
“It’s good for children to learn via different means and methods. People learn in different ways — we’re not all wired the same.” EDUCATION EDUCATION EDUCATION EDUCATION KIDS KIDS KIDS KIDS
In light of this, We have put together a list of different educational apps for children, designed specifically to ensure they get the most out of their screen time (and you can cop a break).
Better yet, use this opportunity to check out the apps together as a family activity.
Ages 5 & Under
Endless Reader – Free with in-app purchases
From the team who came up with Endless Alphabet and Endless Numbers, Endless Reader helps develop literacy by introducing “sight words”, the most commonly used words in children’s books. Available on iPhone and iPad.