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Apps for Kids

6 Ways to Smartly (And Cheaply) Download Kids' Apps

Common Sense Media | Posted 05.29.2016 | Parents
Common Sense Media

You're going to the DMV and have to take your 4-year-old. The wait could be over an hour, and when the books, crayons and songs run dry, you're likely to hand over your phone. Which app will get you to the front of the line, be safe for your kid and possibly even teach him something?

7 Media Resolutions Every Family Should Make in 2015

Common Sense Media | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Stepping away from mainstream offerings exposes your kids to cultural differences, non-stereotypical characters, creative storytelling and thought-provoking ideas.

If Your Kid Loves Temple Run, Angry Birds or Cut the Rope

Common Sense Media | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Top app genres and themes are popular for a reason: The games are challenging, fun, and super-engaging. But we've found some cool apps that are all these things -- and have good learning value.

4 Things to Think About When You Setup Apps for Kids

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Having a choice of a million apps is a good thing. But many app developers may not have considered the seriousness or risk of a data breach. When it comes to your kids, shouldn't you?

10 Apps for Kids to Play and Learn

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Your kids love to play on the smartphone or tablet. Wouldn't it be really cool if they do what they love and learn along the way? Here are 10 handpicked apps that will do exactly that!

14 Music Games and Apps for Budding Composers

Common Sense Media | Posted 11.20.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Here are ideas -- along with our favorite games, apps, and websites -- to get kids into music or sustain their already-ignited passion.

Are Apps For Babies A Bad Idea?

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.21.2013 | Parents

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission earlier this month against Fisher-Price and Open Solut...

Are Your Kids Hiding Their Apps?

GalTime | Posted 09.25.2013 | Parents

What if someone wants to hide what they're doing on their smartphone or mobile device? It's easier than you may think.

10 Apps You Can Trust and Kids LOVE

GalTime | Posted 09.18.2013 | Parents

Have you tried to find the perfect app for your kids lately, one that will entertain and engage them, but won't turn their brains to mush? It can be a tricky business with so many thousands to choose from.

14 Apps and Games to Make Summer Days Fun for Kids

Common Sense Media | Posted 08.07.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Whether they want to write code for a video game or make an origami crane, children can explore their creative side with these 14 apps, games and websites we love.

6 Awesome Apps for World Autism Awareness Day

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

These six apps and sites are a few of the communication and social interaction tools that can be fun and effective for kids with autism.

Should I Give My Kid A Virtual Allowance?

Common Sense Media | Posted 04.21.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

When I brought up the idea of allowing our son to spend his $1 per week allowance on his favorite game, my husband was flatly against it. If our son doesn't hold the dollar in his hand and pass it over to a cashier or slip coins into a slot, how will he understand that the money is no longer his?

Nerding Out in Nature: One Smart Phone. Two Kids. Tons of Fun.

Common Sense Media | Posted 04.08.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

My son wants every second he can squeeze out of my iPhone, and we're constantly wrestling with the when and how of device time. So, when I found a way for us to blend outdoor time and exercise with the allure of the iPhone, I knew I'd struck gold.

For Parents, Perfecting a Strategy for Screen Time Rules Can Be Confusing -- and Controversial

Erin Mantz | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents
Erin Mantz

Seeing them playing games and using silly apps bothers me, but if I know they're on their devices connecting with friends, I'm sort of OK with it. I like the idea of them being social on screens. Did I just say that? Is that social? It is today.

8 Ways to Unplug Your Holidays

Common Sense Media | Posted 02.17.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

An outright ban on digital devices won't win your kids' respect -- or compliance. But with a little planning and intentional involvement, you can balance your family's tech activities with much-needed face time. Here's how.

Apps And eBooks To Get Your Kids In The Halloween Spirit

Winston Sih | Posted 12.16.2012 | Parents
Winston Sih

With Halloween just a few weeks away, here are a few apps for you to load on your smartphone to get your family in the Halloween spirit!

A "House" Grandma's iPad Story

Patricia Schroeder | Posted 09.23.2012 | Home
Patricia Schroeder

The trend toward children relying on electronic readers and the iPad is well known, and I first noticed it in a commercial with children using an electronic tablet. "Aren't those toys for adults?" I cracked to my husband. Well, apparently not.

Can A Mompreneur's Tablet Business Create Baby Geniuses?

The Huffington Post | Julia L. Rogers | Posted 06.30.2012 | Small Business

Dan Yang had already started several successful, cutting-edge technology companies and products as an optical engineer when she began to notice her in...

Remember This TV Show? Reading Rainbow Comes To The iPad

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 06.22.2012 | Technology

Beloved kids' TV series "Reading Rainbow" is back -- but this time it's on a tablet, not a television set. The popular children's show has "reimagi...

Is Your Ex Letting The Kids Watch Too Much TV? How To Deal

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.21.2012 | Divorce
Common Sense Media

"Is it that bad to let your kids watch Aliens?" My ex-husband posed this question to me -- and he was dead serious. Did I mention that our kids are 6 and 8?

When Traveling, App-y Kids Are Happy Kids | Posted 02.22.2012 | Parents

WITH Christmas upon us and New Year's just around the bend, many families are contending with long road trips and crowded flights. All those hours in ...

5 Apps That Turn Doing Chores Into A Game

The Huffington Post | Laura Stampler | Posted 11.21.2011 | Parents

Pulling a child away from an X-Box to clean her room or take out the trash can be, well...a chore. But what if the key to getting kids to handle thei...

25 Fun (and Educational!) Games, Sites and Apps for Kids

Tina Barseghian | Posted 10.03.2011 | Parents
Tina Barseghian

School or no school, there's a world of learning opportunities for kids. Keep kids engaged in learning throughout the summer months with these enjoyable and educational apps and websites.