There’s no denying that we are bringing our kids up in a digital age and as much as I agree that there’s something a little worrying about seeing them glued to a screen for extended periods of time, I’m also fully aware of the benefits of having a wealth of information at their finger tips and an ability to navigate their way around devices which will become a normal part of their lives for years to come.
It’s all about moving with the times and accepting the change in childhood as we know it. Look up the meaning of the word luddite if you’re intrigued as to where my thinking is coming from.
What I don’t like is seeing families (and couples in restaurants, grrr) sitting in silence while everyone’s absorbed into their own private word. Balance is the golden word here. which leads me seamlessly into the KidzInMind app which I’ve been playing around with this week.
I’m always a little apprehensive about downloading kids apps, especially with a toddler who’s so on the ball, its scary, but now I know that this one is free from advertising, hidden payments and has been created for educational purposes I’ve dived straight in.
The key shoutout points of this kids app are;
- Every app within the KidzInMind has been selected and approved to meet strict criteria.
- No inappropriate language, no advertising, no hidden payments and a baby safe mode.
- All apps have been evaluated to ensure that they are engaging, educational and appropriate to the child’s stage of learning.
- Control the amount of play time your child is allowed with the parental control timer.
- Use the parental control feature to specify exactly what your kids can do whilst using the KidzInMind e.g. no internet or other app access.
- It’s been nominated Best Mobile App for Children and Toddlers
As it’s aimed at 2 – 6 year olds, my son is at the lower end of the age range but that doesn’t seem to make it any less appealing or engaging. We snuggled down on a cold afternoon and spent 20 minutes playing around with the games. I had to show him how to play most of them (although he loved unleashing his creative side on the piano one above ) and while I cracked on making dinner, he sat happily watching a couple of the videos.
The main appeal for me is knowing I can move away from helicopter parenting for a few moments and he’s not going to stumble upon anything dodgy and you have to be able to answer a basic maths question to access the settings section so no danger of signing me up to a lengthy subscription!
Some of the games need adult help but that’s the beauty of not using it to babysit your child, instead you can use it to play games together (so if you’re whipping it out to divert boredom in a restaurant, you can join in rather than be that family i mentioned earlier) and some games were too old, like the sweetie hangman which involves basic spelling but the great thing about that is it will grow with your child.
It’s available to download on iOS and Android, KidzInMind guarantees that all of the apps featured are free from advertising, hidden payments, unsuitable images and inappropriate language. There’s also some handy parental control features as well that offers assurances for mum and dad when it comes to what their child can use the device for, how long they can play each game for and lots more.
KidzInMind is an ‘app of apps’, unlocking over £50 worth of educational games and apps that can be played by children on smartphones & tablets
KidzInMind is available to download on Android from Google Play and iOS from the App Store. The app is subscription-based and after the first week, which is free, KidzInMind is priced a 79p per month for limited in-built apps and features. Parents can pay £2.99 per month for unlimited access to the full app, video and game catalogue and all the parental safety controls.
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