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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bee Safe is a great education app that helps kids learn road safety skills. The app is picture- and speech-based and is designed for 4- to 8-year-olds, but it's also a great assistive technology choice for those with cognitive or developmental disabilities. Bee Safe has 14 different road safety scenarios with a voiceover describing each scene. There's never any guesswork because the app's animated character always says if the situation is safe or not. Bee Safe uses the device's accelerometer (tilting) mechanism for successful gameplay, which requires kids to have sufficient fine motor skills.
What's it about?
Move the bee to its hive by tilting the device, then look at animated pictures to decide if a scene's safe or not. Tap the girl character to hear an assessment; she ends with "It is safe" or "It is not safe." Tilt and hold the bee to the correct bubble to confirm (green for safe, red for unsafe). Kids can bypass the spoken part and move the bee directly into the bubble. In-app scoring is time based; answer questions faster for a higher score. Miss an answer and get sent back to the beginning.
Is it any good?
BEE SAFE is a great app to teach kids necessary road and car safety skills. The animated scenarios help kids visualize situations and learn appropriate reactions to a variety of traffic situations. The app's timed scorekeeper is cleverly strategic because it rewards kids for making quick decisions about safety. This snap judgment approach can train kids to make instinctive, lifesaving decisions when road safety is the issue.
The app's reliance on the accelerometer can be limiting to those with fine motor skill delays or limited vision, but it also helps kids hone hand-eye coordination. The child voiceover is cute, but speaks in a British accent and uses some variant words like "zebra crossing" for "crosswalk," so it might be a little tricky for little ones to understand. Still, Bee Safe is a realistic simulation of what people of any age and ability face every day and is a fantastic way for kids to prepare for the road ahead.
Talk to your kids about ...
Many of us are pedestrians or car passengers every day. Talk with your kids about why it's important to know how to be safe when walking on the street or when riding in the back seat of a car.
Why is it important to wear a seat belt or to stay in your car seat or booster seat? How do these items help keep you safe?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, using supporting evidence
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, decision-making, problem solving
Self-Direction: effort, initiative, self-assessment
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, learning from consequences, making wise decisions
- Price: $.99
- Release date: June 13, 2011
- Category: Education
- Size: 25.80 MB
- Publisher: EazySafe Ltd.
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
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