Like it or not technology plays a role in the life of your child. While there are many upsides for your child using technology to expand their creativity and their connections (The Upside of Social Media Connected Kids) it can be overwhelming to try and figure out which experiences are worthwhile and which ones are better left untouched. Not to say that every technological moment needs to be educational, but you do want to make sure your child is spending their time in appropriate situations.
With that in mind I wanted to share my three favorite places to go to for information on tech stuff that is appropriate for my kids.
Smartappsforkids.com is a great website where you can sign up for a daily list of apps that are either free or heavily discounted. There is even a separate list that has apps for kids with special needs. With the Apple store adding 20,000 new apps to their store every month, this is a great way to stay on top of new apps, or ones that might help your child with their special need.
Common Sense Media this is my go to website to see if the media my kids are interested in is appropriate for their age. The site covers it all from books to YouTube videos. They also have a great new part of their site called Parent Advice that has numerous articles on subjects from gender and body image, to what sites kids are heading to after FaceBook. It’s a great resource for staying one step ahead of your kids!
Apps for Kids (and Adults) with Hearing Loss last, but not least, is this list from tech aficionado Tina Childress. Tina is up on all things tech and the app list she maintains can help parents and professionals find specific apps that are beneficial for kids with hearing loss.
Would love to hear about any additional sources that you use to help tame the technology in your house! Leave me a comment below!