Websites, Apps…and, do you have a “Family Media Plan?”

Do you monitor the time your children spend watching tv, playing on the computer, iPad, etc. Do you have a family media plan? To start off, I’ve attached a link to an article from the Washington Post talking about the recently released media guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

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Photo courtesy of Brad Flickinger/flickr.

Having said that…there are useful websites and apps floating around out there. So I have included two websites and two apps that I think are interesting, fun and educational. Sounds like a win-win, right?

Do your children have a favorite website/app? Do let me know. I’m always interested in what others find useful.

  • How much time does your child spend looking at the computer? The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued guidelines. An interesting read from the Washington Post. Do you have a “family media plan?”
  • In 2011, Rion Nakaya started The Kid Should See This to help connect kids, parents, and teachers with smart, conversation-starting videos – about science, art, music, nature, and more – that probably weren’t made for kids, but are still perfect for them. AWESOME.
  • Have you seen the MoMA Art Lab app?  It’s good fun for the whole family and a great way to expose children to the fundamentals of art and the steps involved in creating a piece of art.
  • Piccassohead – this is a digital tool that allows users to create their own masterpieces using famous features drawn by Picasso. Again fun for grown-ups and children, alike.
  • For children in grades 1-4, check out the Critter Cruise app from the SylvanPlay Network. Travel across the USA and Canada and learn as you go! A good app that shows learning can be fun, too!

From The Kid Should See This, here’s a beautiful profile of Elena Craciunescu, a traditional Egg Painter from Romania.

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