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Smartphones have changed our lifestyles dramatically. A kid gets more attracted to a glowing device in comparison to a colorful toy, these days. Toddlers know how to run the tech-gadgets better than a granny, who still needs assistance in order to communicate with her loved ones. Essentially, school-going children have been affected the most by technology breakthrough. A big chunk of their time is consumed by the heap of applications and games, which is why the parents are left worried and aggravated. Nowadays, it’s quite common to see children wasting most of their time lying on the bed or couch busy with the social media apps or high-end graphic games with no education in it.
Parents who know the sunny side of having a smartphone, an iPhone, or an iPad, can turn the whole situation upside-down. They would rather make their lads use those apps that will educate them, help them grow, and benefit in their overall grooming. To ensure a healthy growth, you need to know the taste, preferences, and the child's ability to learn, along with the application's efficiency. However, there are chances that your child will not like what you like, and the app gets uninstalled instantly. Plus, there is no modus opernadi for finding the most appropriate application for your child. But, with some attention to details towards the junior, the application, and the settings, you will be able to install the right app for him/her.
What Are the Elements You Should Have in An Application?
The user interface of the application is the prime element that signifies whether it will be likable or not. If the UI is user-friendly and allows the end-user to make their moves with ease, then you have already won the first half of the battle. This is especially handy for kids, who can effortlessly shuffle through different windows and make their way out from any problem they face. The objective of the application is another element, which makes it viable. The application used by a child should weigh either on entertainment or learning. The type of the application, features, etc., are some of the points to look for too. Seek the answers to the following questions to find out how legit is the app for your little champ:
- Will an individual child be able to utilize the optimum potential of the application?
- How many functions of the app can be managed by the child with ease?
- Is the application multilingual?
- Whether or not the child can play on the application along with his/her friends?
- The cost of the application- There are plenty of apps to choose from. You can choose a freemium app that does the required job; or can even opt for a paid app with lots of functions and features. You just need to single out the right app for your kid.
- How challenging is the application? Will it make your child smarter?
Things To Avoid in an App That Are a Big No For The Children
Applications that are high on commercials, loaded with licensed characters, or have associations with movies or toys.
Some of the apps are too complex, while some are just way too simple that installing them serves no purpose.
Apps that do not allow you to leave an activity once it has been kick started.
It should never be ethnic or gender biased.
When the quality of the narration, illustrations, and music is low.
When the free content is just samples.
Disadvantages of Free Apps That Just Provide Sample Content
A free app can be anything- a few pages with static data or a brilliant peace of hard work and innovation. But an app with sample content will just render your kid temporary happiness, because as soon as all the content will be used or realized; it will get monotonous for the kid. There are other free apps that run half way through and ask for some payment to go further. Such apps are targeted towards in-app purchases, and are utter waste of the precious time of your child.
What Makes An App the Best Choice For Your Kid
1. Hands-On, Minds-On
Hands-On, Minds-On is a process that can be incorporated in any field, anywhere. If a child is using an app, s/he must be actively acquiring the knowledge given by it. The app must not disable the child's own brain activities. In case, it lets him complete the whole task with minimal instructions, there is no learning in it. If the child is not mentally present during the exercise, then what is the benefit in it? An app is useful if it challenges the children to use their brain to complete a task, and allows them to explore their locked intellectual limits. Before handing over the smartphone to the child, you must ensure what are the advantages of the application and whether it will be the utilization of the time or just wastage.
2. No Distractions Please
When a child is reading a book with his/her parent, s/he is just into it. There are no advertisements, pop-ups, etc., that can make him/her forget or derail from the story. So, make sure the applications have no distractions in between the learning phase. You don't want your child to wait in order to move from the letter 'O' to the next letter 'P'.
A child must know the purpose of the activities s/he is participating in. Without knowing the actual meaning of the whole act, they are just assimilating the bookish knowledge, which won’t serve any benefit. For instance, instead of a plain square or a triangle, the app must show square in the form of a pizza box and triangle as pizza slices. The app should provide them practical knowledge, hone their senses, and provide them with different ways to complete a single task.
4. Social Interaction for Learning Purpose
Sometimes, social interaction becomes a great source of knowledge. A child can learn miscellaneous things from the people surrounding him/her. Kids tend to adapt the traits of other humans much faster than practicing the one on their own. So, make sure the apps your child is using for learning consists of such features. Also, there are applications that act as a teacher/mentor for a personified user experience, and connect with the children faster than other apps making them smarter and wiser in no time.
However, the kids must have the liberty to find their own solutions, which will enable them and strengthen their will to encounter and solve new challenges on their own.
Deepak Vijay has a knack of challenging the limits as he knows no machine can perform better than a human brain. Our strengths and weaknesses lie within it. He stands strong in front of the mind-bending situations provided by Syoninfomedia.com, a mobile app development company.
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