Ways to Stay Up to Date
It can be pretty overwhelming trying to find and stay up-to-date with apps for your kids. There is a large amount of content out there and we want to help you set up what works best for your needs!
It's important to set realistic expectations so you can manage your time and avoid bombarding yourself with information. Set up a weekly or monthly time when you can read or search a few of resources we’ve listed in this guide.
Week 6 we're going to discuss:
- Who to follow on social media for the most recent app reviews
- Website/resources you can trust (app reviews/suggestions)
- Podcasts/Videos to follow
- How/Where to connect with other parents/teachers/etc
Twitter is an incredible resource to find like-minded parents and reviewers. The keyword search (hashtag search) makes for a painless process of locating your specific interest / needs.
Not on Twitter? It's very simple and take less that 2 mins to setup. To create your own Twitter account, check out the process here!
Who to follow on Twitter
- Common Sense Media - helps you find the perfect app for your child's needs based on comprehensive reviews.
- @theiphonemom - Helpful iPhone news and reviews of the top iPhone apps for moms and kids, written by a mom!
- @theimums - Mom's dedicated to reviewing apps and technology products.
Websites/Resources: App Reviews and Suggestions
- Decide which media is appropriate for your family so you can make informed decisions about how your children engage with digital devices. Highly recommended.
- Children's Technology Review - Reviews of Educational and entertainment games for kids.
- AppySmarts - weekly episodes featuring reviews and recommendations of the best apps for kids.
How/Where to stay up to date
- Tweetups - This can be a great resource to easily chat, in real time, with other parents, educators, and app reviewers on hot topics / apps and ask questions. Check out this post to understand and use Tweetup/Twitter Chats!
- Facebook Groups - Facebook is wonderful place to look for discussions and support from like-minded parents. Check out how Facebook groups work here!
- Discussion forums - Unlike Tweetups, discussion forums offer a space for more drawn out conversations. Some great discussion groups can be found on Google Groups and Linkedin.
By finding a couple of resources that best fit your needs when staying up-to-date with apps, the process can become less overwhelming and more helpful!
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- The Making Friends Team