by Holly Fink, Ruckus Media Staff Marketing Specialist
Last night we gathered with our friends on Twitter for a lively discussion about two of our favorite topics: FAMILY TRAVEL and APPS. Based on the amount of people who came, we aren’t the only ones who have app and travel obsessions! We dished about entertaining the kiddos during our long distance travels, apps we love, feeling guilty (or not) about passing over IOS devices, what makes an app ideal for a trip and so much more. It was an engaging, and sometimes VERY funny conversation (we all agreed that we, as a group, need to invent and patent a potty-training app..seriously!). Our Ruckus apps and other travel prizes were gobbled up, as everyone is busy preparing their holiday travel pre-loads.
Here are some highlights of the night’s conversation:
Q1: Are your kids tech-savvy? Do they request certain apps when they get in the car or board a plane?
@justicecw My son is very tech savvy and always wants to use my iPad!
@CarrieWChildren My Maggie is only two – but she definately loves getting ahold of my iPhone!
@amommyinthecity My DD is too young but does know how to unlike my iPhone and turn on the videos I have.
@ComplicatedMama “Daddy Can I play with your Ipad” is pretty much how my 5yo welcomes my hubby home. He loves Angry Birds & Toy Story.
@AFOMFT I made the mistake of showing my girls flashcards on my iPhone and now they want it all the time.
Q2: Have you had an experience on a long journey where apps came in handy? i.e. meltdown, outburst, etc.
@iKidNY The iPad/iPhone has been a lifesaver for us on long car trips. Total meltdown preventer.
@GoBig_GoHome Hubby always brings Droid with Toddler Lock app; e.g. to restaurants. Even to a car dealership once!
@blandrews13 Any long journey!
@StrollerBallet I got stuck on the I95 for 6 hrs last week trying to get from NYC to CT. Ipad def. came in handy. Tossed it at Peanut!! LOL.
@SavvyMomNYC Apps are great to add fun and (a little education too) on a long trip.
@AMotherhoodBlog We were stuck waiting 6hrs at a store & my iPhone kept my oldest quiet while we attended business!
@beccasara Apps are indispensable for airport delays! (for adults too).
Q3: What do you look for in an app? Do you pre-load your iPad or iPod before you go away?
@lovelimes When it comes to apps for kids, I prefer something that will teach while being fun.
@beccasara We preload – but fave thing abt. tablets is that you don’t need to preload – download on the fly!
@justicecw Look for educational and play value and I usually preload.
@brooks_jones I’m always looking for good story and educational game apps, so I’m adding them all the time.
@c2cmom We pre-load our iPad before we travel, but that’s only because I’m Type-A and pre-plan for contigencies.
@CarrieWChildren iPads are perfect for special needs kids. Reflexes, hand/eye coord. lots of good stuff!
Q4: What kinds of stories do you want your kids to read? Do you bring print books along on a trip, too?
@AFOMFT We bring print books too. With twins, it’s tough to get them to share the iPhone or iPad!
@StrollerBalletI love using a combination of print books and electronic books. Think it’s amazing Peanut will grow up appreciating both.
@GoBIG_GoHome On road trips, I try to give her books with lift flaps or other interactive elements to extend the entertainment time!
@CarrieWChildren On road trips, I try to give her books with lift flaps or other interactive elements to extend the entertainment time!
@brooksjones I have a feeling once we get the iPad and morestories are available 4 it, it will be used more and more often at bedtime.
@thecessa My kid is only 12 wks (gestational but I use @ apps to read to him/her in utero.
@scarymommy I want my kids to read the same books I read when I was young. That’s why I love your apps.
Q5: Do you feel that apps educate and or stimulate your child, teach reading skills, etc.?
@lovelimes The RIGHT apps do. Some of them are just junk.
@brooks_jones Yes, the good ones do, especially with handwriting help, math and reading.
@StrollerBallet I still love holding actual books too. Hoping Peanut will, as well.
Q6: Do you feel guilty passing an iOS device to your kids? Do you feel you should be reading instead?
@lovelimes No, because we read together every night before bed no matter what.
@bctripletmommy No guilt here.
@pockluck No guilt here. It makes her happy and what Mom doesn’t like seeing their kid happy?
@thecessa I dont think they have to be mutually exclusive. Using both is important for this generation.
@littlefluffycat The thing is, there’s no reason they can’t be lap read to on the phone or the ipad.
Stay tuned for another Ruckus Media Twitter Party in January.