Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Monday, April 23, 2018 07:44:30 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Tech tools that teach kids to care

photo by

By
27th-Nov-2016       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Roberta Munoz :
As a prudent parent, you often fear that too much tech will lead to a child who's tuned in but completely out of touch. Sure, some apps sharpen your child's academic skills, but it's hard to see how screen time can help develop less tangible qualities like empathy, understanding and responsiveness to others.
The science is still out, but some developers are betting that tech tools can have positive effects on emotional states and encourage kids to become more kind, caring or social-and some child development professionals agree. In his book Video Game Play and Addiction: A Guide for Parents, Dr. Kourosh Dini, a Chicago-based psychiatrist, says that age-appropriate video games that involve many players can actually help kids develop the ability to see things through the eyes of others.
Here are six apps that aim to teach children to identify feelings, recognize nonverbal cues and develop an awareness of others in the real world:
iTouchiLearn Feelings for Preschool Kids. (Staytooned; ages 2-4; free-$0.99; iOS and Android) Preschoolers are bubbling over with primal emotions. Learning to label and name feelings is an essential first step for tots in the tantrum years and beyond, especially as they transition into school and start interacting with others.
This tool has games and music that let little ones learn all about emotions and expressions. Toddlers can touch the crisp cartoon graphics and match feelings to faces. Other activities ask them to guess whether characters are sick, scared, sad or happy. This is a very visually app, featuring almost no text, that's appropriate for the littlest learners.
Moody Monster Manor HD. (ALEX Toys; ages 2-5; free; iOS) Did you know that monsters have homework too-and that they're very worried about it? This adorable app has a wide range of cute and cranky creatures that kids can play with while learning all about everyday emotions.
This tool goes beyond the basics of happy and sad; there are many monster moods to choose from, including silly, sorry and surprised. Kids can learn all about feelings by playing with the moody mutants, or they can build their own beast by adding the right facial features and gestures.
Be a Buddy, Not a Bully-A Tales of Midlandia Storybook. (Midlandia Press; ages 2-6; $1.99; iOS) This simple and beautifully illustrated interactive tale about how to handle conflict and bullying is designed for kids and grown-ups to use together. Parents can read with young children and talk about friendship and tolerance, and teachers can use the book as a storytime aid or as a starting point for a discussion on school bullying. The app includes questions that prompt kids to think about the feelings of others and about how to manage emotions like anger and sadness.
Once Upon a Mutant. (Lana Sultan; ages 2-6; $1.99; iOS) "Life is a road, not a rigid code," says the hero of this charming storybook about a misfit in a land full of mean mutants. This charming story app has a very positive point of view that parents and kids can explore together. The message? You don't have to answer meanness with meanness, and it's okay to be different. Simple, but effective.
Leo's Pad Appisode 1 & 2. (Kidadaptive; ages 5-10; free-$1.99; iPad only) This is a full-fledged learning app with stunning graphics and a wide variety of activities for little learners. Lessons on social skills like taking turns, patience and considering the feelings of others are integrated throughout. The first episode is free and features a fictional young Leonardo Da Vinci as he builds things like a telescope or paints a homemade birthday card for his friend-little Galileo. Parents will be captivated by quality of the illustrations and the in-depth interactivity.
Touch Pets Dogs 2. (Ngmoco; ages 7-10; free; iOS) Kids learn to look after a virtual animal pal with this in-depth pet care app.
Your child can practice feeding, petting and cleaning up after her puppy and, in the process, discover that pets need more than just playtime.
Practical tasks must be accomplished before players can progress in this game. Your child is rewarded with a happy companion and the opportunity to interact with other virtual "pet owners" online.
Always remember that as good as these apps are, they're just one part of your "parent toolbox." Don't simply purchase them and park your kid.
"The best way to scaffold cognitive and developmental skills is talking with children and interacting directly with them," says Tricia Striano, Ph.D., psychology professor at Hunter College and founder of HowBabiesLearn.com. "Whether you're reading a book together or exploring a new app on emotions, the key to learning is engaging and playing together with your child."

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Govt must answer what happened to the force disappearances


MEMBERS of around 80 families joined a programme under the banner of "Mayer Daak", a platform of disappearance victims' family members, from across the country on April 21st, as per report of a local daily. Speaking at the event, supported by rights activists, family members slammed the state for denying ...

Entertainment »

Alia Bhatt spies on movie goers


Raazi trailer was launched recently. Last week, in partnership with FB & PVR, Alia spied on theatre audiences watching the trailer on the theatre screen and appeared on a two-way facebook LIVE in front of them and interacted with the audience as they could both see each other. This was ...

Football »

Neymar to be at peak of powers at World Cup: Ronaldinho


Xinhua, Rio De Janeiro :Brazil legend Ronaldinho has backed compatriot Neymar to make a full recovery from foot surgery in time for the World Cup in Russia.Neymar has been sidelined since suffering a cracked fifth metatarsal in his right foot while playing for Paris Saint-Germain in late February.He underwent surgery ...

International »

Iran threatens to `vigorously` resume enrichment if US quits deal


AFP, New York : Iran warned Saturday it is ready to "vigorously" resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches the 2015 nuclear deal, and said further "drastic measures" are being considered in response to a US exit.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in New York that Iran ...

Football »

Chanathip Songkrasin (left) of Consadole Sapporo and Kazuki Nagasawa (right) of Urawa Reds fight for the ball during their J1 League match at Saitama Stadium in Saitama, north of Tokyo on Saturday.


Sports »

Kvitova, Pliskova give Czechs 2-0 lead over Germany


AFP, Stuttgart :Victories by Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova gave the Czech Republic a commanding 2-0 lead over hosts Germany in their Fed Cup semi-final on Saturday. Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova needed just over an hour for an emphatic 6-3, 6-2 win over Julia Goerges at the Porsche Arena in ...

Entertainment »

Salman, Katrina all set to leave for tour to USA in June


Salman Khan is one of Bollywood's biggest superstars and over the years he has made a brand out of himself. Everything from his dance moves, clothes, accessories to his attitude and body language is a rage among his fans. Salman was recently proven guilty in the 1998 Blackbuck poaching case. ...

Entertainment »

Shahid to shoot for Batti Gul Meter Chalu


Shree Narayan Singh's Batti Gul Meter Chalu is a social drama that depicts the contradiction between long hours of power cuts and the ironically high electricity bills that dig a hole in the common man's pocket. It narrates the story of a man's fight against power distribution companies. Shahid Kapoor ...

City »

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaking at a press conference at the party central office in the city's Nayapalton on Saturday with call to admit party Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia in the city's United Hospital for her proper treatment.


Editorial »

Enforce counter-trafficking law


NONE of over 3,500 cases filed under the counter-trafficking law across the country has disposed of since the formulation of the act. It has left the victims and their families in utter frustration. They are also deprived of getting remedy and compensations. Whereas the perpetrators are threatening them to withdraw ...

International »

Thousands of students to walkout across US in call for gun reform


Reuters, Colorado : Thousands of students again walked out of classes across the United States on Friday, marking the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School with a show of unity aimed at pressuring politicians to enact tighter gun restrictions.Students from more than 2,600 schools and institutions planned to ...

Editorial »

No law can restrict freedom of speech


EDITORS' COUNCIL, an organisation of editors of the country's national dailies, has recently expressed grave concern over Section 21, 25, 28, 31, 32, and 43 of the Proposed Digital Security Act. It said the sections would greatly obstruct freedom of speech and independent journalism. However, responding to the concern the ...

Football »

Manchester United`s Paul Pogba (second right) and Bournemouth's Steve Cook battle for the ball, during the English Premier League soccer match between Bournemouth and Manchester United, at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, England on Wednesday.


.

City »

General Secretary of Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik Federation Osman Ali, among others, at a rally of labourers in Swadhinata auditorium of DRU on Friday demanding implementation of five thousand CNG registration allocated for drivers.


.

Entertainment »

Anny pairs up with Zahid Hasan for first time


Entertainment Report :Popular actress and model of present time Anny Khan for the first time paired up with National Film Award winner actor and director Zahid Hasan in a drama serial.Zahid Hasan is acting in the title role in the serial. Viewers will watch a new role Zara in the ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news