A New Trend: Apps for Kids

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iPads are becoming more and more popular, with millions being sold. Although these are mainly used by adults, a new trend is starting where apps are being designed for children as young as toddlers.

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  • A New Trend: Apps for KidsPhoto credit: Toca Boca – flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/tocaboca/5523596357/in/photostream/
  • Photo credit: yto - flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/yto/4891249900/2010March 12 – Preorders for iPad beginApril – iPad is introduced to the US marketApril 8 – 450 000 iPads sold and 3.5 million iPad apps downloadedMay 3 – sales reach 1 millionMay 31 – Sales reach 2 millionJuly 21 - Sales reach 3.3 millionSept. 1 – Sales reach 7.5 million2011Jan 18 – sales reach 14.8 million
  • Now there is a new trend.... ...apps for kids.Photo credit: novemberwolf – flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/10370393@N04/4964219960/
  • Apps are being designed for toddlers and preschoolers. Photo credit: creativesam – flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/asam/432194779/
  • When “toddler” and “educational” are typed into iTunes, more than 800 apps for children under 3 years can be found. (2)Photo credit: BasBoerman – flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/bas-boerman/4951966938/
  • The touch screen is easy for kids to use and games make learning fun.Photo credit: Toca Boca – flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/tocaboca/5523601665/in/photostream/
  • Some apps may even help children learn how to read.Photo credit: @cdharrisonhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/cdharrison/4585357413/
  • Bonus: an iPad is more easily portable than traditional toys...Photo credit: lobo235 - flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/lobo235/75085378/
  • ...it’s perfect to keep kids busy in a car, plane, or public transit. Photo credit: Dominic’s pics - flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/dominicspics/422146490/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  • If parents are worried about damage to this expensive device, there are many ways to childproof it with anti-slip, waterproof, and other protective covers and cases. (3)Photo credit: Jemimus - flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jemimus/4881669230/
  • Some stores sell cheaper and more durable versions for kids. (3)Photo credit:jessicamullen – flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jessicamullen/5310616390/
  • However, there are some dangers for kids using iPads and similar productsPhoto credit:AngryJulieMonday - flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/angryjuliemonday/5543224831/
  • “The challenge for parents will be finding ways to limit screen time..... (3)Photo credit: Jinod - flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jinod/4501107826/in/photostream/
  • .... and make sure their kids don’t end up tapping their way into places (or people) they should not.” (3) Photo credit: bfishadow - flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/bfishadow/4604128611/
  • “Laptops and computers are already diversion-and-distracting machines and an iPad is that for a toddler” (3)Photo credit: Shane Pope – flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/shanepope/2375499336/
  • Parents need to monitor their children’s usage and teach them how to use these devices safely.Photo credit:jted – flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jted/4517665135/
  • Devices like iPads may seem addictive and shorten attention spans.Photo credit: AngryJulieMonday - flickr
  • Studies show children who spend more time in front of a screen each day are likely to have attention problems in school (4)Photo credit: Elizabeth Albert – flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/elizabeth_albert/4998473663/
  • Child’s screen time should be limited to 1-2 hrs/day. – American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Canadian Paediatric SocietyPhoto credit: jencu - flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jennycu/4665298291/
  • An iPad can teach kids a lot, but not everything Photo credit: michaelaionhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelaion/5350867215/
  • It is important for parents to interact with their children Photo credit: karen.j.ybanez – flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/karenjybanez/2186973234/
  • ReferencesPhoto credit: 3Gstore.de – flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/3gstore/4745626595/
  • A New Trend: Apps for Kids

    1. 1. A New Trend: <br />Apps for Kids<br />By Laura Leonard<br />Photo credit: Toca Boca – flickr<br />
    2. 2. April 2010<br />iPad was introducedto the US market<br />In just over four months, iPad sales reached $1 billion<br />Photo credit: yto - flickr<br />January 18, 2011 <br />iPad sales reach 14.8 million<br />March 11, 2011 <br />iPad 2 for sale in US<br />
    3. 3. Now there is a NEW trend… <br />...apps for kids.<br />Photo credit: novemberwolf – flickr<br />
    4. 4. Apps are being designed for toddlers and preschoolers.<br />Photo credit: creativesam – flickr<br />
    5. 5. When “TODDLER” <br />and “EDUCATIONAL” <br />are typed into iTunes, <br />more than 800 apps <br />for children under 3 years can be found. <br />Photo credit: BasBoerman – flickr<br />
    6. 6. The touch screen is EASYfor kids to use and games make learning FUN.<br />Photo credit: Toca Boca – flickr<br />
    7. 7. Photo credit: @cdharrison<br />Some apps may even help children learn how to READ.<br />
    8. 8. BONUS:<br />An iPad is more easily PORTABLE than traditional toys...<br />Photo credit: lobo235 - flickr<br />
    9. 9. ...and perfect to keep kids busy in a car, plane, or public transit. <br />Photo credit: Dominic’s pics - flickr<br />
    10. 10. Photo credit: Jemimus - flickr<br />If parents are worried <br />about damage to this expensive <br />device, there are many ways to <br />childproof it with anti-slip, waterproof, <br />and other protective covers and cases. <br />
    11. 11. Some stores sell <br />cheaper and more durable versions for kids. <br />Photo credit:jessicamullen – flickr<br />
    12. 12. Photo credit:AngryJulieMonday - flickr<br />However, there are <br />some dangers for kids <br />using iPads and similar products.<br />
    13. 13. “The challenge for parents will be finding ways to limit screen time..... <br />Photo credit: Jinod - flickr<br />
    14. 14. .... and make sure their kids don’t end up tapping their way into places (or people) they should not.” <br />Photo credit: bfishadow - flickr<br />Nicole Baute<br />in Is iPad the next big toy for toddlers<br />
    15. 15. “Laptops and computers are already diversion-and-distracting machines and an iPad is that for a toddler” <br />- Mike Elgan in Is iPad the next big toy for toddlers?<br />Photo credit: Shane Pope – flickr<br />
    16. 16. Parents need to monitor their children’s usage and teach them how to use these devices safely.<br />Photo credit: jted – flickr<br />
    17. 17. Photo credit: AngryJulieMonday - flickr<br />Devices like iPads may seem addictive and shorten attention spans.<br />Devices like iPads may seem addictive and shorten attention spans.<br />
    18. 18. Studies show children who spend more time in front of a screen each day are likely to have <br />attention problemsin school.<br />Photo credit: Elizabeth Albert – flickr<br />
    19. 19. Child’s screen time should be limited to 1-2 hrs/day. <br />– American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Canadian Paediatric Society<br />Photo credit: jencu - flickr<br />
    20. 20. An iPad can teach kids a lot, but not everything. <br />An iPad can teach kids a lot, but not everything <br />Photo credit: michaelaion - flickr<br />
    21. 21. It is important for parents to interact with their children.<br />Photo credit: karen.j.ybanez – flickr<br />
    22. 22. References<br />A Brief History of the iPad [Infographic]<br />http://www.theipadfan.com/history-ipad-infographic/<br />Excess TV, computer video games linked to poor attention in classroom: study<br />By Sheryl Ubelacker<br />http://www.parentcentral.ca/parent/newsfeatures/article/832181--excess-tv-computer-video-games-linked-to-poor-attention-in-classroom-study<br />iPhoneapps a hit with preschoolers <br />By Rob Ferguson<br />http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/934673--iphone-apps-a-hit-with-preschoolers<br />Is iPad the next big toy for toddlers?<br />By Nicole Baute<br />http://www.parentcentral.ca/parent/newsfeatures/article/824100--is-ipad-the-next-big-toy-for-toddlers<br />Parent Debate: Do iPads and Smartphones Really Teach Toddlers to Read?<br />By Becky Worley<br />http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/parent-debate-ipads-smartphones-teach-toddlers-read/story?id=13626381<br />References<br />Photo credit: 3Gstore.de – flickr<br />

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