Monthly Archives: July 2014

INTERNET SAFETY – DO YOU HAVE FAMILY FRIENDLY CONTROLS?

A recent Ofcom report highlighted that some parents were not aware that family friendly internet controls exist but that 85% of parents either talk to their children regularly about internet safety, apply filters or supervise internet access.

Talk Talk, Virgin, Sky and BT have all agreed to introduce network filters for all internet devices by the end of 2014. This will make it much easier for parents to control what their children access. For more information on this go to The Educational App Store Blog.

Apps We Like…

Petting Zoo by Christophe Neimann.  

My children often use this on my phone when waiting in queues etc   It’s a collection of hand-drawn animals for kids to interact with through swipes and taps, and is full of character and humour.  I love it!

 

Freckleface Strawberry Monster Maker by Nymbly

This is the iTunes description:

Ready… Set… Monster!

“…it’s cute and allows users to get creative, share pics with friends and family, and more.” – Wired GeekMom

From Julianne Moore’s Best-Selling children’s book series Freckleface Strawberry (illustrated by LeUyen Pham) comes a new app featuring the freckled and red-haired 7-year old girl.

Freckleface knows a thing or two about freckles and best friends and now she’s ready to share her favorite game: Monster! Join Freckleface Strawberry in this first-ever official Freckleface Strawberry game app where you can:

• Interact with Freckleface Strawberry as she tells a story about her favorite game: Monster!
• Mix and match an endless number of monster parts for hours of playtime fun
• Hear Freckleface Strawberry, herself, encourage you as you design your very own monster best friend
• Create an original snapshot of you alongside your custom monster
• Save and share your creations with friends and family
• Insert your unique monster into your photo library

For more interactive fun, visit Freckleface Strawberry at her very own official website: http://www.frecklefacestrawberry.com

This is one of my favourites!

Little Red Riding Hood by Nosy Crow

Description from App Store:

* One of the App Store’s Best Apps of 2013
* One of The Observer’s 50 Best Apps of 2013
* One of School Library Journal’s Top 10 Apps of 2013
* Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner
* Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice Award winner
* Kirkus-starred product

“Little Red Riding Hood is rather marvellous: a children’s book-app that impresses with its technical chops, but more importantly with its firm focus on storytelling and reading skills.” – The Guardian

This was one of the first apps I downloaded for my children and I still think it is one of the best!