Remember, it's no substitute for child care. But it does come close
I’ve got a business idea I’d like to float past you: secondhand apps. Pop along to my virtual shop, and I’ll do you a very good deal. They’re barely used, good as new: I’ve got spelling apps with gruesome Americanisms, maths apps that don’t teach maths (or indeed ‘math’), games that are eye-gougingly tedious.
Hmm. Sadly, I’m not too sure Apple, Google et al will be backing my venture: you can’t transfer the license under which you buy them – and even worse, Bruce Willis isn’t get involved. So if you don’t want to flush your hard-earned cash down the lav on awful apps for children, you’ll want help.
On that score, you’ll be hard-pushed to beat Apps Playground, also on twitter @appsplayground. One of the main reviewers is a chap called Stuart Dredge, who writes regularly (and well) about all things tech for The Guardian, so you’re getting expert advice – though these things are always a bit subjective.
There’s an accompanying iBook just out for iPad owners, pictured; and while you don’t really need it (the site itself has hundreds of reviews), I think it’s worth the £1.99 as it’s a hell of a lot easier to rifle through the different options.
The apps recommended are mostly for kids aged 3-11, although there are some for older children if you can prise them away from YouTube.
Right, I’m off to spend next month’s child benefit down at the App Store.
What are your best finds in the App Store or at Google Play? Special request: we’d be really interested to hear of any apps that have successfully encouraged your children to do something offline (or is that just a pipe dream)?