5-star app review by Top Kids Apps

Oh la la, our app “Appy Tips & Trick for Kids” has just been reviewed by Top Kids Apps and, wow, I don’t know what to say… it’s just a pretty cool review ;)))))

Top Kids Apps

 They have awarded us five stars – It’s so amazing!

They not only liked the content:

“Appy Tips & Tricks for Kids is a truly original idea and one of a kind educational app for kids designed to teach the little ones how to treat their device with respect and care. The app does a great job helping kids understand the need for rules, and it makes them reflect about the things you can and cannot do with your tablet, without imposing anything.”

…but also Devi Mallal’s lovely design:

“The first things you’ll notice about Appy Tips & Tricks for Kids are the beautiful, hand-drawn graphics, and the unique way everything is watercolored.”

In addition to this post, they’ve been tweeting sweet things about the app too! I was not expecting such a positive outcome when they contacted us two days ago.

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Though we know that our app’s worth it (self-esteem is quite important, isn’t it? 😉 , it’s always nice to get the confirmation from outsiders – reviewers and users. So please don’t hesitate one second to post your comments onto the App Store, our social pages or on Top Kids Apps’ website 😉

Read more: http://top-kids-apps.com/appy-tips-tricks-for-kids.html#ixzz2fLdxDemN

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Ground rules for the family tablet

One of my very first blog post, when creating our start-up CotCotCot-apps.com in 2011, has been about setting up ground rules for the iPad. As parents of a little girl, we’ve been terribly excited to be offered an iPad by my husband’s employer back in 2010 but very quickly we’ve had to adapt to this additional screen in the house and lay down a couple of ground rules.

We all know how fast a device can suffer and eventually die from a toddler’s uncontroled behavior (I could tell you how my computer got damaged by my baby’s bottle of milk)…

However, it was not only a matter of preserving the tablet’s life… but also a question of kids’ education with regards to screen and media consumption.

We thus thought about a list of potential rules from which parents could pick and choose and adapt to create their own “family iPad use policy”:

  • the iPad’s screen is fragile and doesn’t really like to be spread with jam
  • iPad usage has to be earned (it’s a reward)
  • Ready, Steady, Calculate! (about screen time)
  • Learn to reduce sound level and avoid headphones as long as you can
  • The app store is off limits
  • Consider cutting off Internet access!
  • How to save the device’s battery!

That said, rules are not fun and they can sometimes be quite counterproductive or source of conflicts with our children (not to mention our partners)! That’s when I started to think about drawing pages that kids could color, cut, customize with their parents to form an acceptable list of rules… either available for free on our website or as a coloring book app.

That’s when I met Devi Mallal, a very talented Australian artist, a few of months later to discuss about this new project. We agreed very quickly that we should turn into an app but not just a plain coloring book app… In the end, we singled out 5 simple rules  and developed an app with small games and a coloring page.

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You can read more on our website: What sort of iPad / iPod usage guidelines can I set-up?

In addition, if you want to read additional information about Kids’ screen time, Carisa Kluver from Digital Media Diet is frequently publishing very interesting blog posts on that topic at Digital Media Diet.