Saturday, January 26, 2013
iPad Apps For Kids For Dummies
Here is a book every mom and dad should own, iPad Apps For Kids For Dummies ($19.99). I definitely recommend it for homeschoolers. I want to say up front that I appreciate the stand the author, Jinny Gudmundsen takes. I appreciate that she places warnings on Apps that can take my children away from the App and on to the internet. She is very careful regarding content, advertising (of which she is very intolerant of), Enticements to spend money and bias. I really appreciate that, and that is just the beginning of the book.
The iPad Apps For Kids For Dummies book breaks the Apps down into age related groups as well as separating them by subjects. Some of the subject titles are: Dinosaurs, Games, Girl Power, Learning Apps, Science, and Book Apps, just to name a few. Each listing has the name of the App, price listing (including Canada and UK), the company it is produced by, a picture and a description of the App. Sprinkled throughout the book are Tips, Remember (just in case something really important is covered), Warning (here they will list anything that might not be quite child friendly), and of course technical stuff.
Most of the Apps in the book are anywhere from $0.99 to $9.99. There is a chapter on free Apps. In the back of the book is a section that maps the Apps out by age group.
The entire first Chapter is Using an iPad with Kids. This shows you how to set up safety features and reminds you that when you hand down an iPad to your child, you need to wipe it clean first. Internally! You can set up restrictions and passwords to help protect your child. You will learn how to create folders on your iPad in this chapter.
I personally will be going back through the book and adding some Apps to our iPad to try. I like the thorough descriptions of each App as we have some rules set down regarding the type of games we will allow in the home. Jinny Gudmundsen has done a very good job with this book. Are there Apps in here I would not use? Yes, but this book gives me the necessary information to choose wisely.
So neighbors, if you have a new iPad and want some information on Apps for children, this is the book for you. Or, if you are a homeschooler and need some research done before purchasing Apps, consider the book iPad Apps for Kids For Dummies!
Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive iPad Apps For Kids For Dummies for review purposes. All quotes in red are taken from the sponsors email or website. All thoughts and opinions are my own.