I remember how happy I was when I turned 10. It’s a time in life when children still act like children but start introducing themselves to more things.
One of the things that 10-year-olds obsess with is, of course, technology. So you probably ask yourself whether you should let your 10-year-old use some app.
This article can help you make correct decisions more easily and let you know which apps your child should avoid.
Best Apps that Kids Should Have on Their Smartphones
People are creative. You can find anything you think of on digital devices. Experts from The American Academy of Pediatrics advise no more than 1-2 hours of tech for children.
So, while they use their devices, your children are exposed to both useful and unproductive apps.
In the following paragraphs, we’ll quickly go over the best and most productive apps that should make up most of your children’s screen time.
It’s a bit hard to convince children to use tech for education, especially because most children are already fed up with normal school.
But luckily, educational game developers make their apps fun and creative for children. So, it won’t hurt to introduce your little cuties to the following educational apps.
If you’ve already searched for educational apps for children, Khan Academy has probably popped up a lot of times.
It offers knowledge for everything from simple maths to programming and similar things. The creative and child-friendly interface is perfect for any 10-year-old. But be careful because the fun content can even distract you.
You can’t seem to find the perfect books for your children, right? Don’t worry! Epic offers more than 40 thousand children’s books and other educational gadgets.
Today’s children often avoid books. So, exposing them to books at a young age is a great parenting move.
And we must be honest, even we, parents, often don’t read books. So, Epic is an ideal way for parents to jump back into the waters of literature too.
If you are a “cool” parent and use social media daily, you’ve probably seen funny memes about Duolingo. But jokes aside, Duolingo can help children learn over 40 languages for free.
Educational apps help children showcase their academic skills. But some apps can also help your 10-year-old embrace their creativity.
With Toontastic, children can create their own cartoons. How cool is that? If I wanted to make a cartoon when I was a child, I’d have to draw and draw and draw for hours. But Toontastic offers children to make their own animation in just a few minutes!
Does your child aspire to design and create objects and buildings? Toca Builders is the app just for that!
The colorful and cute interface makes the app great for your 10-year-old! You can find the app on the PlayStore and App Store.
Is your child interested in music? GarageBand provides children with a wide array of instruments, such as piano, guitar, drums, etc.
Who knows, maybe with the help of GarageBand, your child can become the next Mozart (or Dr. Dre, if they like rap music).
Games and Entertainment Apps
Children know and are aware of the educational and creative apps on their devices. But they still prefer ordinary games and apps.
And it is OK to let your children relax on tech only when it’s limited. Studies show that about 90% of children play games on their digital devices.
So, in the following paragraphs, we’ll look at my (and my children’s) pick of the best and, at the same time, safest games for children.
When it comes to games, Minecraft is one of the most influential video games of all time (that’s a big claim but most of you can agree with it).
Your children can embrace their creativity, explore, craft, and build. The game also offers a multiplayer experience, so your children can play together with you or their friends.
Roblox is a platform where children can pick from a huge library of different games. Although it is a multiplayer game, the chat has limits so children won’t be exposed to rude and hateful comments.
I always love to see my two little pumpkins (that’s such a cute nickname for children) play these games together.
According to statistics, about 70% of all Roblox users are children. So your kids can call their friends and play Roblox together!
This is the cutest game ever! The friendly and colorful animals and nature are great environments for your children.
Your children get to create their custom homes, interact with cute characters, and have fun in the beautiful world of Animal Crossing.
Parental Control Apps
One of the great wonders of tech is parental control apps. These apps provide parents with the chance to monitor their children’s every digital step.
If I was a child, I’d consider this stalking, but as a parent, I think of parental control programs as a great way to keep an eye on your children and guarantee their safety.
So, if you want to install parental control apps in your household, make sure to let every family member know. Having trustful family relationships is the key to a happy home.
Parental control apps offer features such as location tracking, screen time limits, website blocking, etc. Some parental control apps include:
The tech world is big and offers a lot of entertainment and knowledge for children. We’ve quickly looked at some of the best apps for your 10-year-old.
But this doesn’t mean you should limit yourself only to these apps. You can always use your search engines to find out more suitable apps according to your children’s preferences. And last but not least, don’t forget that you should raise your children.
Although technology is a major helping factor, parents are the ones that should educate children, embrace their creativity, and find ways to entertain them.
What apps are not for kids?
Apps that contain violence, hate speech, blood, nudity, and such aren’t advisable for children. But the sad reality is that parents often don’t keep an eye on what their children see on their phones. So, be awake and don’t let your children expose themselves to harmful content.
What app tracks your kid?
Almost every parental control app can help you track your children. These apps offer real-life but also digital tracking.
Are there safe phones for kids?
There is actually a phone called Bark Phone that has built-in parental controls.