Attention when choosing apps for children

An incontrovertible certainty: those small squares or colored circles called apps, which are scattered around the screen of mobile devices, such as: cell phones, tablets, smartphones, etc., are one of the greatest joys of children today.

Curious and full of imagination, children have discovered that with a single touch, they can interact with a universe of possibilities, of course, that access is facilitated by an adult who grants permission or access to the devices.

Whether it’s the recognition of some utility or the insistence of children, access to applications or mobile applications, abbreviated by app, have been facilitated by parents, educators, and adults in general. Thanks to ease of installation and access, once available in online stores, it is often the child himself who installs the apps on the devices. Intelligent and native digital, they even teach adults how to do it.

However, there are some important considerations when choosing or allowing access to apps:

– Why do you allow your child to have access to these applications?
Remember that when sowing a habit, others will come from this choice. Observe whether your intention or the child’s intention is to interact with something that can gain some learning or simply quiet an anxiety, anguish, need or phobia, even social contact.

– Is there any time allowed for access to this technology?
It is important for children to be guided to use resources for a set time, meaning that it does not endanger their health and development. In this case, it is not the children who determine the time, but the adult responsible for her.

– What is the educational purpose and usefulness of the chosen apps?
Taking into consideration that the child will be exposed not only to a number of concrete but also subliminal information, the choice of applications exert a great influence on their growth and development.

Some applications only distract the child, whether through the use of motor, visual and motor coordination, etc .; or simply keeping them, immobile for a long time, through sounds or noises in sequence or repetition. In general, this type of application creates vices and dependencies that can be confused as a skill acquisition.

– Observe the information that is transmitted to the children.
Is he/she really learning something? What area of ​​knowledge is in evidence? Is the child in contact with logical, linguistic, scientific, artistic and cultural knowledge valid and compatible with his / her age?

Pay special attention to so-called pedagogical applications, many of which are not compatible with contemporary educational perspectives or contain errors, such as hand movement in learning to write numbers and letters. In this case, consult a specialist who can guide you in the matter.

If you’d like suggestions for educational apps, visit the Curumim Digital Apps session. This session has a continuous update. The applications cited were tested with children in schools under the guidance of educators and provided a positive response in the criteria: good acceptance (by children), learning and development.

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