iDiary for Kids
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that iDiary for Kids is a top-notch first experience in journaling for kids ages 5 to 13 to express themselves; make a photo, drawing, and text scrapbook of their day; and create their first address book. There's some guidance for how to password protect and back up the diaries, but as far as what kids may or may not want to share with others via email, or what may be considered inappropriate words or images to share will have to come from parents and teachers because that's not offered here.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- producing new content
- multiple forms of expression
- conveying messages effectively
- using and applying technology
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
Today's tech-minded kids are encouraged to create and keep a memorable, unique journal with this diary app that engages them in journaling using drawings, stickers, text, and photos.
As kids journal, they are building storytelling skills and learning how to self-reflect using different forms of expression via digital technology. The address book also helps kids develop the concept of keeping contacts organized.
There's some guidance for how to password protect and back up diaries, but parents and teachers will have to help kids decide what they may or may not want to share, because that level of guidance is not offered here.
What's it about?
The world of journaling leaps into the 21st century with this innovative app. Kids who want to practice writing and recording the events of their day will love this tool, and so will kids who don't necessarily like to write but can use photos, drawings, stickers, and more to tell their personal tales in a variety of ways. More than one diary can be created and password-protected on this app. The directory of contacts for family and friends is a nice bonus, too.
Is it any good?
IDIARY FOR KIDS provides a perfect format for today's tech-minded kid to create and keep a memorable, unique summer vacation journal and for teachers to encourage kids to journal daily in class when school begins. Younger kids can combine the stickers and hand sketching for creative pictures of their day, while older kids can write, draw, add photos, and email entries. Parent or teacher involvement for setting guidelines in privacy, safety, and appropriate sharing may be necessary. On the downside: The odd music is an unnecessary distraction that can be avoided; there's a three-page per day maximum entry; and parents should be sure to read backing-up instructions to avoid any data loss.
Families can talk about...
Help your kid register his or her diary -- and register one for yourself, too. The app supports multiple diaries.
Set aside daily writing time for your kids.
Make sure your kid's diary is backed up regularly. If not synched regularly with iTunes, there's the risk of losing all of these pieces of your kid's story.