A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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'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.
Talk to your kids 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.
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: spelling, storytelling, writing
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
Creativity: producing new content
Emotional Development: self-awareness
- Price: $1.99
- Release date: June 17, 2011
- Category: Education
- Size: 22.20 MB
- Publisher: Tipitap Inc.
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
For kids who love storytelling and creativity
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