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The Adventures of Ash & Ollie: Screen Time

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Sweet story about screen time helps kids understand limits.

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THE ADVENTURES OF ASH & OLLIE: SCREEN TIME's rhyming story is a brilliant way to get kids thinking about the importance of screen-time limits. It's fun for kids to listen to this non-preachy story, which stars two happy brothers and includes animated objects that kids can discover on each page.

As kids soak in the message that screen time is fun, so long as it's only one part of a balanced life, they also can play a very simple, just-for-fun game. The in-app photo album is intended for kids to take a pictures of offline activities, such as a favorite snack or a fun thing to do outside, although encouraging young kids to begin taking photos with mobile devices of naturally offline activities doesn't exactly fit the app's overall message. Also, very young kids using this app may not be ready for that feature and might want to stick to the storybook and game (in easy mode). The only real downside to this app is the bothersome amount of marketing of the developer's other apps. With fewer ads, The Adventures of Ash & Ollie could be a perfect use of screen time.

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