Apps for children should complement natural play, Hynes-Berry says

[img_caption src=”” link=”” align=”right” caption=”Mary Hynes-Berry” alt=”photo of Mary Hynes-Berry”]Senior instructor Mary Hynes-Berry wrote a post for the Fred Rogers Center blog about the need to choose wisely when selecting apps for young children.

“The vast majority of apps for toddlers to eight-year-olds are technological flashcards,” she says, with pacing that emphasizes speed over knowledge.

But the best apps, according to Hynes-Berry, put children in control without dead-ends and distractions. These apps “complement children’s natural play and productive interaction with others instead of interrupting it,” she says.

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