Whether your child is three or seventeen, there are some great apps available to help them become better at writing. Help them master the basics and then fine-tune their skills anytime and anywhere with these digital tools. For the Preschool/Kindergarten Crowd: Fun with Letters Dexterity Jr.-Fine Motor Skill Development Binary Labs, Inc. – $3.99 with …

Overview Pixton EDU is a comic creation system that opens creative doors across the curriculum. It offers opportunities for students to express themselves in this style even if they do not have artistic skills to keep up with their imaginations. Kids across a wide age range will find it a motivating way to express themselves …

Idle Theme Park Tycoon is a fun diversion for more mature players due to in-app purchases and outside advertising. It includes lots of bells and whistles related to running a theme park and will challenge management, attention, and logic skills as the player tries to keep the park running smoothly and make more money.

What is one of the most popular internet destinations for children and teens? YouTube! And what is one of the most objectionable internet destinations for children and teens? Also YouTube! More than ever, parents need to know what their children are doing online. This advice goes double for YouTube content. There are thousands and thousands …

There have always been, and probably always will be, bullies in all stages of life. Nearly all of us adults can recall witnessing bullying situations, being victimized by a bully, or perhaps even bullying someone else at some point. However, technology has taken the problem to whole new levels. Children and teens have become particularly …

iSharing: Find Friends, Family will allow users to track selected devices within 1 to 100 miles of their current location. Users can receive notifications when tracked devices are in range, as well as when they arrive and leave selected locations.

Alarm clocks-we love to hate ‘em! But they are a necessary part of life for nearly everyone. And when combined with the capabilities of your mobile device, they can be personalized and individualized, making them even more useful and, perhaps, a bit more beneficial than the old-fashioned kind. Image Source Just for iOS Users Bedtime …

One of the many perks of having a tablet is that it can double as a pad of paper. Sure, you can take notes or send reminders to yourself. You can also, however, use your tablet as a virtual sketchpad. You no longer have to resign yourself to doodling on napkins when that next great …

Find Me Shapes is a simple and effective app for practicing color and shape matching, for encouraging children to pay attention and focus, and to develop fine motor skills. The simple interface and safe environment mean that parents can feel good about allowing youngsters some independent play time.

Even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body, there are times when creating a collage of photos, artwork, or even videos is exactly what you need to do. Collages add the finishing touches to family events, celebrations like weddings, showers, and graduations, and oh, so much more. Here are the best collage-maker …

Legos are grand fun in the real world, and now your kids (and you!) can enjoy them virtually and on the go with mobile apps. Check out these winners! Legos® for the Little Ones Lego® Juniors Lego System A/S – Free Get the youngsters aged 4-7 into the act with this sweet building and driving …

Overview Witty the Robot is the animated, personable guide for young users learning about the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex. He oversees the journey through thirteen chapters of information in an interactive digital learning tool. Features include: 13 chapters Interactive, animated pages Personalized Loaded with information about T-Rex Creative and fun   Quality Witty the Robot is …

Overview Sir Dapp! Game Show is a review of manners and polite behavior for children formatted as a television game show, complete with “commercials” and music videos themed around good manners. Users take on the role of contestants as they choose questions and answer them. Questions are multiple choice and read aloud to players. Features …

Stickman Hook is a fun eye-hand coordination game that offers loads of opportunities for development of visual skills and problem-solving. It is simple to play and has hundreds of levels to keep players intrigued for a very long time. The only downside is the excessive number of advertisements in the free version.

There’s nothing like a city building game to exercise kids’ planning and prediction skills. And imagine the feelings of power that go with having an entire city at your beck and call! No wonder most kids go crazy for city building apps. The games put power and control into children’s hands, and they can experiment …

Tower defense games are a type of video strategy games that require players to defend or protect buildings, property, or other assets. Usually, they involve building or placing defensive structures to ward off an enemy, either by blocking or by attacking automatically. Tower defense games promote strategic thinking, planning, and other higher-level thinking skills. But …

U-Nest: Save Money for Kids is an investment management system to help parents save money in tax-free investments to use for their children’s educational expenses after high school. It’s affordable, reliable, and convenient.

Sound Touch is a sound/picture feast for young children that will entertain and, with caregiver or teacher support, build language skills. Hundreds of colorful photographs are paired with high-quality sound recordings to help children make connections and learn about the world.

A big part of growing up is learning to control the wide array of emotions inside. Children sometimes don’t know what to do with these big, big feelings. Fortunately, there are some handy apps that can help with the job. From general mindfulness to specific help for specific challenges like anger management and ADHD, these …

If you have young boys in your household, then you know that they have a style all their own. Here’s a great list of free apps that boys from preschool through early elementary grades will absolutely love! Racing & Driving Apps Kids Car Racers Adam Berent – Free with ads With controls designed to be …

Nearly every little kid longs to be a big kid and do Big Kid Things. And high on the list of Big Kid Things that younger children are wistfully watching the big kids do is watch videos on YouTube. YouTube videos also are a fabulous way to help a young child to manage an unexpected …

Poppinz- Family Calendar offers calendar, list, and chat features that are limited to members of the family group. The app is simple to use and will provide privacy that some families are looking for.

Equestria Girls is a fun app that will encourage little girls to fantasize about growing up into high school. However, parents should be aware that though the app is free, there are many places where in-app purchases and/or purchases of My Little Pony products are required to progress in the game.

Image Source There’s no doubt about it – kids just LOVE their devices. In fact, they love them so much that parents often worry about how to protect their children from concerns ranging from too much screen time, the wrong kinds of apps, content that is too mature or inappropriate, or from strangers with unsavory …

Depending on your child’s age and maturity, you may feel the need to monitor and perhaps limit or control how and when they use their iOS device. Fortunately, there is a wide array of options to meet your needs and budget. Keep in mind, though, that determined and tech-savvy children can often defeat even the …

For most children, there are few events in their young lives that are more exciting than getting their first smartphone. It’s a big step, loaded with undertones of responsibility and maturity. It’s very important for parents to choose the right time and the right device to help enable the kids to live up to all …

YouTube, as most parents know, is a popular destination for children because of the wide array of kid-friendly videos. Most parents welcome resources to entertain and educate youngsters, especially during unexpected waits, long car rides, or during those times when the youngsters aren’t feeling well. Unfortunately, YouTube is also home to more than a few …

Nearly all families wrestle with the question of when to allow children to have their own phones. According to Going Wireless, the average age when children get their first mobile devices is 12.1 years. 56% of kids in the 8 to 12-year-old range have their own phones. How’s a parent to decide when is the …

ArithmeQuick is a functional system of timed math practice that keeps at-a-glance performance records for students. The free version allows practice with basic computation and signed computation. A subscription allows access to a huge array of skills and subtopics suitable for kindergarten through grade 8.

YouTube is a hit with kids and can be a lifesaver for harried parents. From occupying little ones during an unexpected wait to amusing tweens and providing a research platform for students, the site has something for everyone. However, there are some pitfalls, dangers, and other things to be aware of. Here’s your roadmap to …