Think and tap for your kid's future

Published on May 09, 2015 16:55:55 PM
Smart phone has become a part of every one’s life and even more of children.

To move with the era of smart and digital education, every child now owns a smart phone or tablet. There are many apps related to education available on Apple app store and Google Play, which children can make use of. However, among the various apps available, parents are unable to find out which app is good for their kid and which is not.

To solve this problem researchers have come up with some features that would help parents to choose right apps for their kids. Currently, there are 80,000 apps related to education in Apple app store that target children and babies too.

The study, conducted by Hirsh-Pasek from Temple University and an interdisciplinary team of researchers, advised to avoid applications which grab kids’ attention with passive activities like repetitive swiping, have a lot of distracting "bells and whistles,” and that don't involve much to learn from them.

Instead choose apps that give mental effort and depend on the child's active participation, apps which involve discussions, competition, or conversation.

*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.

"In the end, if an app seems too good to be true, it probably is," researchers said.

"Many apps make dramatic promises -- from teaching advanced concepts to infants or even changing your child's brain," said Jennifer Zosh from Penn State University, Brandywine.

"Parents should use common sense and remember that an app -- even an educational app -- is just an app, not a miracle," Zosh noted.

The report was published in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest.