Now, before you go getting all twitchy about people suggesting you pop your tinies in front of iPads and use them as some kind of robotic babysitter…. That’s not what I’m doing. This is not me telling you to give iPads to your children, this is me making the assumption that a lot of you already have, and would now like some advice on what they should be doing on them. I’ve worked with well over a thousand children and (trust me) I know what I’m doing when it comes to children and their reading.
This Christmas the iPad will undoubtedly be the desirable gift for most people, both adults and children. But what do you do with it? I have a tablet and I’m still finding that I’m largely using it to watch movies and tv shows, and in my travels I see that children are doing this too. The market is flooded with apps that claim to be “beneficial” to your child, or that offer “educational” content. A quick perusal of these and it doesn’t take an IT expert to work out that most of these are garbage with a heavy sales agenda and a heap of expensive “pester- power” add ons.
What parents need is a company that offers quality material produced by talented writers and illustrators. Apps that are created by people who know children, and who want to give children book related material that they will enjoy. Apps that are entertaining, good value and that you can trust to not send your child begging to you for expensive extras.
Ok, well the good news is – it’s out there!! What you have been looking for is Nosy Crow! This wonderful independent publisher started up in 2011 publishing child-focused and parent-friendly apps and books. Since then they have won numerous awards and published outstanding books and apps from brilliant authors and designers. They are constantly adding to their apps and book list, and have some of the very best writers and illustrators in their stable.
If you are concerned about the apps that you are putting in front of your children (and I know I am!) then have a look at Nosy Crow and take the pressure off yourself! Relax, it’s all good here.
I have to stress that I have no connection with this company, and no involvement with them apart from my desire to have quality book-related material in front of children. My interest is purely related to my evangelical zeal for improving the literacy of our children.