Kids’ content is fragmented and complicated to navigate in a world of streaming platforms and over-the-top content providers. With so many opportunities, parents are faced with difficult decisions about which digital content providers are the best for their children. Getting your kids interested in reading is a cornerstone of developing their intelligence and general knowledge. The problem is that kids today have too few access points to quality books and literature. Instead of taking the opportunity to provide a valuable service to children, companies have created apps with talking cartoon characters, pandering to a generation that will never pick up a book again. It’s not all bad news, though.
There are some good sources for quality children’s content out there. You need to know what questions to ask when choosing kids’ content.
The age of your child
Next, you have to consider your child’s age and developmental level. Is your child mature enough to handle the content in the app? If they are reading, are they at a level that they can truly comprehend what they are reading? Can they handle the screen time duration associated with the app? Some apps have age recommendations that are too low. That’s usually because the developers want to appeal to a wider audience. You can ignore those and consider your child’s maturity level instead. The key to picking the right content for your child is finding something that challenges them but isn’t too hard for them to grasp.
The learning objective of the app
Next, you have to consider the learning objective of the app. What are the developers trying to teach your child? Some apps are focused on teaching kids how to read. Others are focused on teaching kids how to write. Some apps focus on teaching kids specific skills, like math or science. Others are focused on providing a wide variety of general knowledge. If your kid is a pre-reader, don’t pick an app focused on teaching reading. If your kid is only interested in math, don’t pick an app focused on providing general knowledge. If only interested in reading, find an app focused on providing a wide variety of literature.
Is the app usable on the platforms your child uses the most? If it isn’t, you’ll have a hard time getting them to use the app. If your child uses a PC, find out if the app is available on the PC. If your child uses a Mac, find out if the app is available on Mac. If your child uses a tablet, find out if the app is available on the tablet they use. If your child uses a smartphone, find out if the app is available on the smartphone they use. If your child uses all three, you’re in luck. Just make sure the app is available on all three platforms they use.
Learning opportunities within the app
Next, you have to consider the learning opportunities within the app. What activities does the app allow your child to participate in? What kind of games does the app offer? What type of puzzles does the app offer? What type of writing does the app allow your child to create? What type of reading does the app allow your child to do? Find another app if the app only allows your child to read books. Find another app if the app only allows your child to play games. Find another app if the app only allows your child to do puzzles. If the app only allows your child to write, find another app.
Quality of the app’s content
Finally, you have to consider the quality of the app’s content. How well is the content curated? How recent is the content? Does it have kid friendly content? Is the content appropriate for your child’s developmental level? What educational value does the content provide? If the content is poor quality, find another app. If the content is too old, find another app. If the content doesn’t provide any educational value, find another app.
Kids are surrounded by too many distractions. It’s up to adults to find them great books, games, and other content to engage them and help them learn. This process isn’t easy, though. But if you can consider the above factors, you can find your child great content that they’ll love. You can help them develop in ways they never thought possible. You can help them become the best version of themselves.