WE LOVE THESE APPS
While we don’t want our kids spending all of their time engaged with a device, there are a range of apps designed to both stimulate children’s imaginations and help them build relational connections away from screens. Two innovative companies stand out in
Stop, look and listen
Basic road-crossing rules still apply but may be forgotten! Remind your kids of them again. Also, never drive and Pokémon.
Like all smartphone apps and online games, there are risks - it is worth familiarising yourself with some of these with a simple Google search. Talk with other parents about their experiences thoughts, and of course, have a conversation with your child.
Get to know the game
The easiest way to get to know this game is to download it yourself. Familiarise yourself with it and catch the odd Pidgeoto. When you understand the newest app or social media craze, you can see where boundaries should be drawn for your kids. You might not feel like you can keep up with the technology but you still have an edge over your kids. The most powerful device they For more great digi-parenting tips and advice, go to digi-parenting.co.nz
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have is the brain, and yours is better. You can see risks and you should trust your instincts.
Ask your kid to give you a tour of the game. Most kids love opportunities to be the expert and they will enjoy showing you how the game works. Before they know it they’ve disclosed all the information that you will need to know.
You might get some great quality time in with your kid walking around the neighbourhood or driving around town catching Pokémon. You might even have fun yourself!
They have a large number of kids apps under their belts, including the 'life series' - Toca Life: Town, Toca Life: City, Toca Life: School, and Toca Life: Vacation. Check them out at tocaboca.com/apps
This is one of my granddaughter’s favourites. The My Playhome apps allow children to explore a virtual environment as well as learn to make decisions. Have a look at myplayhomeapp.com Thanks to Vodafone for supporting The Parenting Place