Most of you have heard of Common Sense Media – a great tool to help you decide which movies, television and apps are appropriate for your children. I just learned of another great resource you might be interested in.
The Children’s Technology Review
A subscription-based email newsletter modeled after Consumer Reports. There is no advertising content. The newsletter summarizes products and trends in children’s interactive media. It looks at 6 categories:
• Ease of use – Can a child use it with minimal help?
• Childproof – Is it designed with “child-reality” in mind?
• Educational – What can be learned?
• Entertaining – Is it fun to use?
• Design features – How smart is this program?
$30 per year for 12 issues. Each issue contains approximately 50 reviews on new technology/media products – apps, technology toys, websites, video games, etc. Subscription includes access to back issues dating back to 2005.
Originally a Master’s thesis, Children’s Technology Review was created by Warren Buckleitner in 1993. His ten years of research resulted in a systematic evaluation process (see video for further details http://childrenstech.com/evaluation-instrument) for assessing children’s software.