by Holly Fink, Ruckus Media Staff Marketing Consultant
We had a lot of buzz on our Twitter stream yesterday after we posted a reaction to the article “Why Every Child in America Needs an iPad” on CultofMac.com. You should definitely read this article as it outlines the dangerous impact TV has as compared to the iPad. The stats featured in the article are mind-bloggling, and the pros of the iPad clearly outweigh the cons.
When we posed the question to our Twitter followers and blogger friends Are Apps Good for Kids?, we got some interesting responses. They all stress education and moderation as two key factors in their evaluation of what’s good for their children, but everyone only has positive things to say about the iPad. It’s clear to all of us that iPads are here to stay and are obviously going to help, not hurt, our children in the long run.
Here are a few of them which definitely gave us food for thought:
Megan Montgomery from Megan’s Spice (who’s son, Alex is pictured, above playing our very own John Henry)
They can be great for kids! We’ve seen them help introduce new concepts & reinforce older ones. Either way, it’s fun learning!
Michelle Kay from Domestic Executive Online
Apps 4 kids like anything else r great in moderation. Choose high quality and use as a tool to enhance learning.
Alyssa Kingbury from A Motherhood Experience
Apps r great educational tools for kids especially ones like Ruckus who engage the audience. In moderation learning games do help.
Susan Mann from Susankmann
Yes depending on how they are monitor they can be educational.
Tahnie Woodward from Monster Meter
I think apps can be good for kids if they solve a problem, like kids afraid of monsters.
Kim McNeil from Fairfield County Kids Out and About
I say yes! I have apps that teach phonics, math facts, vocabulary, anatomy, geometry, track homework. Angry Birds has physics.
Shari Simpson-Cabelin fromDusty Earth Mom
Listen, kids are going to be nabbing your iPhone anyway, so let’s take advantage and give them something worthwhile to look at, engage in, and possibly, dare I say, learn from. Though I am still waiting for those apps called “Obey Your Parents Odyssey” and “The Angry Birds Want You To Clean Your Room.
Suzanne Chan from Mom Confessional
I love apps for kids when I need to keep them busy. I utilize them most when we’re at a restaurant, grocery shopping and even when I need a few minutes to myself at home. In moderation, it’s a wonderful thing if you can provide an educational component that is of course, controlled.
Renee Iseson from www.sensiblecents.com
I love letting my children use apps on my phone. They serve several purposes- not only do they keep them busy for a few minutes when I need them to be (waiting in lines or at the Dr.’s office), they are great teaching tools too. I can certainly see improved eye-hand coordination, focus and attention and for my pre-reader it’s great for teaching him letter recognition and sounds. He can follow stories that are read to him and he can play interactive games. I am sure he’ll be teaching me about other apps in the near future!
Charlene DeLoach from Charlene Chronicles
I think so, depending on the app. One app my 18m old likes, helps with learning cause and effect.
Nathalie Van Ee from Fun Educational Apps
Yes, I do think apps are good for kids as long as you give them the right ones. I think some apps give kids a chance to practice some activities that they would not do otherwise. Take a math game for example. I know my kids will happily play with it on their own (as long as it looks like a game!) but not take a piece of paper and start doing some math games on their own!
My oldest kids has dyslexia and struggles with spelling. For years although he worked hard at his spelling over the week he could never get the Friday spelling test correct. For the last 3 months, we have been using the spelling app on the iPad and since then every week now managed to get his spelling correct for the test!
As with everything, I think apps can be good for children as long as you can manage which ones and how long they can play. But one thing for sure, it looks like apps are bringing a new dimension to learning. The quality of apps is changing….and some new apps are coming out.
Linda Grant from NYC Single Mom
I love apps my daughter for three reasons: 1) low-cost alternative to video games, you can’t be free or 99 cents versus $35 game 2) book apps are great for traveling on both short and long trips and 3) it keeps this firmer game up to date with hottest games on the market. If not for my daughter, I would never have heard about Angry Birds.
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Disclosure: The opinions expressed are the opinions of each person mentioned; nothing has been modified.