Making Good Apps
Part of a Healthy Play Diet​

While technology can be very beneficial when used properly for children's development, it can be quite tricky to promote your apps in the market whilst still championing healthy, social, active child development.

Many parents report feeling that their children spend too much time on screens and are looking for guidance on how to ensure their children are getting a healthy childhood. We recommend that parents manage screen time by balancing the different types of play, using the play pyramid as a guide.

There are several ways that you can use this approach to highlight the benefits of your apps to parents:

1. A learning tool to benefit social and emotional development

Focus on the skills that your apps can help children to develop. 

Be it an entertaining cartoon show or a fun video game, children can benefit from the apps through learning about different emotions and empathy.

 Although apps are certainly not a replacement for human interaction, they are an engaging and amusing way to help children develop valuable skills. 

These digital platforms also provide them great access to communicating and playing with their peers, when they can’t see them in person.

2. Encourage physical activity

One of the concerns with screen time is how inactive it can be.

Instead, look to develop apps that encourage children to get moving. For example, something that gets children outdoors,

 

3. Make it a joint activity

Apps can be used as a good tool to encourage parents to play with their children.

This facilitates communication between parents and their children to support social skills and language development.

 

Interested in taking a more user-centric design approach?

Speak to our experts to see how we can help develop your apps in the most cost-effective and time-efficient way possible.

We have a range of services including consultancy, training, research, and user testing that add value at all stages of development.

It’s good to include some guidance so that parents know how they can optimise the learning potential of your apps.

Include easy manuals or instructions in the apps for the caregivers with recommendations on screen time and play lengths, so they know how your products can be best be used for their children.