Ways mobile devices can help to keep kids active over summer break
As children anxiously await the start of their summer breaks, many parents are wondering how they are going to entertain their kids, while also keeping their brains and bodies active. With more than 75 percent of children age 2 – 13 having access to smartphones, according to PlayScience, U.S. Cellular is recommending mobile apps to help parents reinforce learning and find ways to keep their children busy and occupied throughout the coming months.
“Today’s smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S® II, provide several educational applications that can keep kids’ minds fresh during their long breaks from the classroom,” said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Missouri. “Not only can smartphones help parents organize and simplify their lives, these cutting-edge devices are a fun and interactive way for kids to learn over the summer months.”
Whether a child is borrowing his or her parent’s smartphone or using a mobile tablet, such as U.S. Cellular’s Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1, parents can download the following applications to educate their children and find local events and activities.
Kid Mode is an app that compiles all of your child’s favorite educational games and apps in one place. It features an art studio, storybooks, age-appropriate videos and a feature called Child Lock, which keeps kids from navigating away from the app. Parents can even sign up to receive weekly activity emails detailing what their children have been playing and learning.
Words with Friends has become wildly popular among school-age children. The app provides kids with a fun way to challenge their vocabulary skills while also interacting with friends and other family members.
Math Workout is a perfect way to enhance a child’s arithmetic abilities and sharpen their problem-solving skills. The app challenges the user with several educational games and maintains their progress by updating results into easy-to-read charts.
Kids Activities is a great resource for parents who are looking to get kids to take a break from screen time and get their bodies moving. The application provides hundreds of healthy physical activities for kids of all ages.
Aloqa is an application that can help parents find local events and activities specifically for kids. Using GPS technology, Aloqa also provides a list of nearby restaurants and movie times.
While kids continue learning on parents’ smartphones and tablets, parents can earn rewards for themselves through U.S. Cellular, which has the industry’s only network with a points-based rewards program. Points are awarded for simple things, such as paying bills on-time, adding a line or referring friends and family, and may be used for faster phone upgrades, additional lines, devices, accessories and ringtones. Earning points makes the summer rewarding for both parents and kids.
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