On Thursday, January 28, we had an app evaluation program here at the children's library. We discussed screen time, how to select educational apps, and the landscape of app creation today.
We love hearing your questions about app evaluation and screen time, so feel free to contact us any time. And don't forget, you can check out our Early Literacy iPads (for 5 and under) or Tween Tabs (for 8 and up) for one week with your library card!
The handouts and research we had printed out included:
Family Time with Apps: A Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids by the Joan Ganz-Cooney Center
How to Choose iPhone Apps for Kids on the PBS Parents Page
Using Screen Media With Young Children from Zero to Three
Other resources we can recommend:
American Academy of Pediatrics: AAP Report on children and media.
PBS Parents: Studies/articles for parents of kids ages 3 +.
Kirkus Reviews: Reviews on the latest in picture book apps.
National Association for the Education of Young Children: Resources from a national organization.
School Library Journal: A collection of app reviews by librarians.
Fred Rogers Center: National leaders on early literacy and media.
Darien Library Catalog: Books about children and digital media.
Common Sense Media: Reviews based on age and content.
Cybils Award: Annual awards for excellent apps for kids.
Children's Technology Review: App reviews and subscription-based articles.
Parents Choice Awards: Awards by parents, for parents.