A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Type Racer - a game about typing fast is more a game about advertising other apps and less a game about typing fast. Objectionable content within the quotes make it inappropriate for younger kids, and typing without the shift key (no uppercase/lowercase or colon/semicolon differentiation) may not transfer well to real-world touchscreen typing. The app is not compatible with external keyboards.
What's it about?
TYPE RACER - A GAME ABOUT TYPING FAST gives kids short, witty (but often inappropriate) quotes to practice touchscreen typing to build speed. Errors aren't accepted, so kids will have to use the delete key to fix mistakes before finishing a quote. They'll then see their WPM (words per minute) average and best WPM. To see the leaderboard, kids have to link to their Facebook accounts.
Is it any good?
The more kids practice typing, the faster they'll get, and Type Racer - a game about typing fast can help with that. Kids need to know the QWERTY layout of a touchscreen keyboard already as there is no instruction offered in-app. Kids won't get to practice with the shift key, as it's not included. The quotes are sometimes funny and make practicing fun, but the content is not appropriate for young kids. Frequent ads interrupt the game, and there doesn't appear to be a way to remove them (via in-app purchase, for example). For tips to improve touchscreen typing as well as practicing it, TapTyping - typing trainer may be a better choice.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the quotes teens encounter in the app. Some of them present women in a negative light. Is that OK to do in the name of humor, or does the app go too far?
Touchscreen typing is different from what most parents grew up doing. Understand that keyboarding skills are still important, but encourage kids to practice the increasingly important touchscreen typing, too.
Encourage kids to learn the QWERTY layout using other apps or typing websites.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading
- Skills: Communication: multiple forms of expression
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: July 27, 2013
- Category: Word Games
- Size: 5.60 MB
- Publisher: Bonfire Media
- Version: 1.04
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1 or later; Android 2.2 and up