It’s the holiday season, and there is a decent chance that one or more of your kids will be getting a new smartphone or tablet on the 25th. One great idea as parents, is to pre-load that device with a few suggestive apps that you think your child can benefit from, or just have fun with. Here are a handful of suggestions for younger kids, and for teens.
YouTube Kids – YouTube is a wonderland for kids and adults to go down a video rabbit hole for hours. Of course, not all of the content your kids encounter on YouTube is appropriate, and that’s where YouTube Kids comes in. It’s a safe environment for kids to find great videos to watch. Whether it’s something educational, or just a distraction that is entertaining, it helps parents feel at ease as their child goes down a video rabbit hole.
Endless Alphabet – Here’s a great educational option to pre-load on that new tablet or phone. Endless Alphabet is an interactive app designed to make learning their ABC a lot more fun for kids.
PBS Kids Apps – Your kids probably are already fans of the PBS Kids content on television and online, and their suite of apps are great additions to any new device. Choose from PBS Games, PBS Kids Video and many more options that are a much safer options than something like Netflix.
You don’t need to pre-load your teen’s device with stuff like Instagram and Snapchat because chances are, they will do that themselves right away. Here are a few suggestions they might not think of, but end up really enjoying.
Landra – Again, a little biased here, but we think Landra is worthy of a pre-load on that new smartphone you got your teen for Christmas. Here is a full rundown of Landra to get you up to speed.
Music.ly – Combining some of the best things about Vine and Instagram video, Music.ly is an app that allows you to create, share, and discover short music videos. Videos can be up to 15 seconds and it looks like lots of fun for your teens.
My Study Life – For the unorganized teen that is glued to their device, consider My Study Life. Check out their description.
My Study Life is everything your paper planner is and more. Rotation schedules, assignments, revision, exams? My Study Life has it covered on all of your devices. Oh, and did we mention it’s free?
Color Therapy – This one is billed as a Coloring App for Adults, but it’s perfect for the creative teen in your home. Whether they use it as a stress reliever, to kill time, or to unlock the artist within, it’s sure to be a hit.