If you follow Fun Educational Apps, you for sure heard about Moms with Apps - a group of Family friendly developers founded by Lorraine Akermann - with its amazing weekly AppFriday offers. The group is a place of exchange and best practices for developers, and more specifically indie developers focusing on the development of high quality apps for kids. With the implementation of the new COPPA rules on July 1st, 2013, Moms with Apps has taken a new turn with a brand new program “What inside your App”.
What does it mean for you as parents, carers and educators?
Whenever you see the KNOW what's inside logo or a mention of “MOMs with apps member” it means that:
- It’s an app especially designed for children
- The app developer is concern about your kids online safety and clearly states and display privacy policies
- The app developer clearly lets you know about the app features - i.e. in app purchase, advertising, data collection, external website and social media links - so there are no unexpected surprises.
- The app developer is aware and follow the latest COPPA Education and privacy best practices.
The programs has been develop to raise parents awareness to protect children online. It only started yesterday July 1st - 2013 and we are pleased to see many developers for whom we have reviewed their apps joined. As of today - July 2nd - we can count 27 app developers and expecting to see the list grow over the coming weeks.
Although the program is designed to help you know “What's Inside the App”, it does not offer curation or reviews but we are glad to see a great number of developers with some amazing apps that made it to Fun Educational Apps TOP PICKS list. From the apps we reviewed (for the full list of developers part of the program - Visit Moms with apps):
App we reviewed:
And a brand new one coming very soon!!
Jellybean Tunes For the last two years, every week the team lets you know about new apps from the group via the App Report - Some of the top Jellybean Tunes Apps are: Jellybean Tunes: Top Musical App For Kids World Flags, Geography and Anthems - one of the most colorful ways to learn about the world
App: Felt BoardTop iPad Art and Creative App for Kids! part of your AppStar Picks Selections and reviewed by the iMums, Applicable2U and ReviewFor Dev.
Heppi - Esther Naalden a writer/illustrator/app developer, mother of 2 daughters and founder of Heppi. Heppi offers great educational apps and so far ... All were Fun Educational Top Picks with Bo’s Dinnertime Game App: 10 Fun Educational Steps to a Great Routine! Read -- Bo's Bedtime Story: Top iPad Educational Story-Game App -- Bo's Matching Game: New Memory Game app for Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers … And we know there is a brand new one on the way!!!
App - Spy Tools for Kids in our Top 5 Apps for series
Kidoodle Imagine apps that allow your child's imagination to flourish, beautifully designed to let your child's creative genius shine through. Apps featured: Pirate Scribblebeard's Treasure: Top Creative, Drawing and Imagining Book App -
Anlock Passionate about board games for all ages it tuned its passion into creating fun and educational applications for children. Apps created inlcudeds some of Fun Educational App Top Picks with Word Book and Puzzle Box HD: iPad Top Interactive Learning Game App for Pre-schoolers and Pinocchio - Interactive Kid's Storybook: Pinocchio Comes Alive on the iPad!
iDevBooks: Created by Esa Helttula, a father and computer scientist from Finland, that created top educational math apps with TOP PICKS such as Long Multiplication, Long Division or Multiplication Tables … A total of 24 math apps!
Jan Essig - a dad who works as a freelance illustrator and game developer in Germany. Inlcudes - Playground a series of top games fun and educational game apps for kids -
SoGaBee- Marcel Widarto is the founder of SoGaBee and a father of 2 wonderful kids. Inspired by his kids love of learning during their early years, he decided to use his passion for technology and created - SoGaBee's Math Facts Fun - Top Math Apps for Kids -- Sight Words and Spelling with Pixopop: Top App for Kids! -- The Sight Words Hangman: Fun Educational Game App to Learn Sight Words
Jump App - Jump App is a small, independent design studio creating iPad and iPhone apps for kids. Its professional passion is design, its private passion is children. A passion that show with some great apps …especially with one of its latest - Puppet Workshop- a Fun Educational Apps TOP PICK featured on The 50 best children's apps for smartphones and tablets The Guardian - and also mention as part of the 5 Creative Apps Kids Should Try on the Huffpost Tech …!!! Watch out as more apps on the way!
PicPocket Books - PicPocket Books produces and publishes children's picture book apps for iOS. It strives to remain faithful to the original books with its apps and place great care on not obscuring children’s reading experiences with too much distracting interactivity. Top picks includes - Penelope the Purple Pirate -- Henrietta is Hungry -- Cinderella for iPad
Kiupe - Created by French Vanessa Kaplan, Kiuppe includes 3 passionate associates that believe life is better with video games! It's first challenge was to create an app that would help children practice multiplication tables in a playful environment, and "Math Mathews" was born.
OCG Studios - designs and develops beautiful apps for iOS and Android, for children's book authors, illustrators, and publishers, among others. Top Picks: Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure top adventure game app -- Roxie’s Door: Top interactive "lift-the-flap" iPad Storybook App
As a supporter of the Moms with Apps group, we will feature the Know What's inside logo whenever we review an app member of the group and as of July 1st, we are adding COPPA logo compliant at the bottom of each reviews! We hope these new initiative will help in purchasing the best and safest apps for your children.
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