Author: Warren Buckleitner
Source: Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning & Children’s Media
Estimated time to read: 04:00
A new study published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, found that most downloaded apps for children ages 5 and younger contain at least one type of advertising. The researchers concluded many of apps seemed to violate F.T.C. rules around unfair and deceptive advertising.
A lawsuit by New Mexico’s attorney general accuses a popular app maker, as well as online ad businesses run by Google and Twitter, of violating children’s privacy law. In addition, an analysis by The New York Times found that children’s apps by other developers were also collecting data in ways that may have violated the law.
Here is the preview of an early version of the Screen Time, a feature in Apple’s new operating system iOS 12, by Common Sense Media. Screen Time allows parents to monitor their child’s usage, set time limits and restrictions.
Based on a large-scale review of more than 200 articles about the science of learning (an interdisciplinary field that includes psychological science, linguistics, computer science, brain imaging, neurobiology and other areas), this article provides four simple tips to determine if an app is truly educational.