Majority of the kids are now born amidst technology. Their growing up time is surrounded by various kinds of devices and equipments. Television, computers, phones, video games etc are there in almost every home now and kids get used to these without your knowledge. You might see that the kid knows many things in the devices which you might not be aware about.
Why Apps for Kids?
Children, who are little older, are more curious about various kinds of apps and websites. There are websites that have inappropriate content and not suitable for child viewing. Parents should be cautious about the sites the child is visiting or the apps that he/she is using.
Giving the child access to all kinds of apps is not correct. Apps for kids that have suitable parental controls should be allowed. Out of the many such apps available for kids, Roo Kids is a great app for kids.
Why Roo Kids?
Roo Kids is an instant messaging app for kids through which children can keep in touch with their friends, discuss studies and also share fun experiences. Downloadable from Roo Kids on iTunes, the app can be installed in your iPhone or iPad easily.
The most amazing feature of this app is that it has excellent parental controls. Therefore there are no chances of any threats on using the app. All cool features are listed here.
When the apps have suitable parental controls, parents can be assured that the child is safe in using the app. Since everyone is surrounded with technology nowadays, it is not possible to restrict kids always on not using smartphones, iPads, iPhones or other electronic gadgets.
Choosing apps with controls is the best option. It neither obstructs the enjoyment of kids, nor does it cause headache for parents. However, it is good if parents monitor the apps from time to time and see that the controls are activated. With proper preparations, it is possible to give liberty to kids for using various kinds of apps for fun.
Among the apps for kids, Roo Kids stands out as a safe & fun instant messaging app.
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Green Box Heroes is an innovative app from Dr Keith Kantor and takes you to the early 90’s when every cartoon/superhero stood for some kind of nutritional, safety or environmental cause. In those times, these characters made a really strong impression on the young kids (including me) but somehow we seemed to have lost those childhood heroes to racing cars and wolves.
However, this is a chance for the current generation of kids to re-live the glory days. This app is actually a story wherein kids are required to interact with vegetable and fruit characters (might be silly but a lot of fun!) and stand up for the cause of Green Box League of Nutrition Justice. This might actually be a very practical app if you have small kids in your home. What you have been trying to do all this while, the vegetable characters can teach kids about nutrition, proper exercise and also make them switch to a healthier regime. The game has been developed in a tactically clever way with stories and fun activities that will get kids to eat properly and meet their regular exercise regimen. Its great achievement when your kid starts eating veggies all by himself!
Green Box Heroes as an app is also quite easy to use and have been developed by keeping in mind the limitations and behavior of young kids below the age of 10. This certainly is one of the very few health apps that you will find in the iOS store. Green Box Heroes is totally free to download and is recommended for every parent. At the same time, we would like to covey our congratulations to Dr Keith Kantor for coming up with such an innovating idea in this less worked-upon genre.
We give 9/10 stars to Green Box Heroes.
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You must have noticed that nowadays kids are greatly fascinated by electronic gadgets of various kinds. With development of science and technology, kids are getting addicted to such things. The coming of smartphones, iPads, iPods and other electronic equipments has become a great source of entertainment for the kids. You will notice that children can spend hour after hour with these gadgets. Rather than running and playing or other physical activities, kids are now more interested in these kinds of devices and the games that can be played there.
In today’s world it is not possible to keep children away from technology, but parents need to know as how to maintain the perfect balance on the use of technology. There should be a fixed time when kids should be allowed to use the devices and equipments during the day or in the week. For instance, smaller kids should be allowed to use and play on these devices on holidays and on weekends for a fixed time. However, older kids might need to use the computer or other sources for their studies etc. Strict parental control is required when your kids are using these devices and gadgets.
Using smartphones, iPads, and computers with internet connectivity without parental vigilance can lead to serious problems as the kid might fall into a trap unknowingly. With children knowing about social media, they might want to look for their friends and talk to them online. However, this might attract attention of fraudsters and might create problems.
Roo Kids is a great instant messaging app for kids where they can talk to their friends. The best thing about the app is that it has very strong parental controls. The app can is available at https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/roo-kids/id853763668?mt=8. When such apps are developed, you can let your kid use technology without any kinds of fears.
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Cat owners would understand the statement that “they are the next in line species after humans”. These feline friends of ours already have a high status on the internet and there has been a whole segment of mobile apps that have been created just for them. From dancing laser dots to digital fish and mice, cats have been kept busy. “Paw Me” is offered as yet another feline game that introduces various characters that your furry friend would be able to run after. The unique thing about this app is that it allows multiplayer game play wherein the whole feline community in household can take part in the chase.
Unlike other feline games, Paw Me would continue your cat to get curious and “paw” that strange prey on the screen. The game is integrated with several natural sounds that will make the environment just the way you would have wanted. If you have a friend who owns a cat too, you may as well let your feline counterparts compete with each other with real time scores! You can even go further and share these results on Facebook and Twitter instantly! Apart from that, you have the opportunity to customize the app / game environment as per the preferences of your cat.
In case your cat sees a real mouse on the floor, well, you can substitute him/her. “Paw Me” also allow human players in both single and multiplayer modes. The paid version of the app comes with several incredible features that helps enhance the game environments and allows a longer play. This certainly is a unique app from Cloudcom S.L. and could be recommended for all cat owners. And kids under watchful eyes due to Social integration. It is truly a real-time Multiplayer Game for Cats and Humans.
Download: Download Paw Me from iTunes App Store
The app also has a free version. Visit Paw Me Lite to now more about the free version.
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We have had several animal puzzle and similar apps in the past. But what this particular app lives up to is matching its functionalities to its descriptions. 101 Animal Puzzles for Kids is clearly aimed for pre-school kids where they can play with animals using various drag-n-drop features. One will be clearly able to see the love that the developers have put behind the app. We would like to thank the Little Clever team for their focus into minute details that will make this app a healthy and comforting experience for kids.
The puzzles integrate a lot of content and every stage is well characterized. Kids will certainly take interest in the realistic animal graphics and attractive scenes to present them. All a child need to do is place the missing and spread out pieces of the puzzle into the right places. All the pieces are present at the top of the screen and lineout of the placement is given as a hint. This makes it quite easy and interesting for the concerned age group.
Further, if a kid is interested, he/she can opt for 7 levels of difficulty for arranging the same animal. This will ensure that they are able to gradually adapt for higher skill levels. Alternatively, if a kid gets bored after some time, he/she can easily switch back to their favorite levels.
Another unique element in the 101 Animal Puzzles for Kids is the voice over integration. Every animal is introduced in detail to make the kid take more interest in what he is making. Also, your kid gets to identify 101 animals by their voice and the sounds they make or are associated with.
A grown-ups menu will help a parent set the optimum difficulty level that the kids should be able to handle. Again, adjusting the difficulty is just about sliding the scale. An attractive game interface, every parent should check out this app.
Created for Kids: Yes
The app also has a free version. Visit 21 Animal Puzzles for Kids to now more about the free version.
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While WhatsApp was acquired for 19 billion dollars by Facebook, there is really no dearth of chatting applications in Google’s app store. The variety is so huge that you can in fact keep a separate app for a separate group of friends! However, only few apps make to the devices and the reasons being a uniqueness of design and functionality.
BlueChatBox might look basic to the normal users but this messaging/chatting app packs huge number of features to make it a unique download.
The BlueChatBox integrates messaging over internet connection, public / group chats, nearby (proximity) chat, message translation and even allowing you to create infinite number of groups. The best thing with BlueChatBox however is better control on what you choose to share and see. BlueChatBox comes with a simplistic interface (sometimes it can be compared to the WhatsApp messaging interface). If you had ever used WeChat, BlueChatBox also gives you have the facility to chat with strangers (several hundreds of online users who have set their privacy to public).
The translations module, something unique to any chatting/messaging app, of BlueChatBox is quite powerful too. This will especially help you talk to online users in a different part of the world and speaking in a different language.
Another great tool integrated into the app is the nearby or proximity chat. This would not only help you engage in a friendly conversation with people in the same environment but even ask directions and instructions to nearby places. You are never out of friends and probably you can even call someone up for dinner in a new city!
Other than this BlueChatBox allows you to customize chat backgrounds, decorate text messages with a variety of emotions, use multiple status icons to show your mood and is offered as a free service!
All of it makes BlueChatBox a great app to try out.
Created for Kids: No
Download: Download BlueChatBox from Google Play
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