Family Time with Apps: A Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids

Family Time with AppsWhen we think of apps for kids, we often think of games for either entertainment or learning. But apps aren’t limited to just games or books—apps can provide important social, emotional, and physical experiences too. Family Time with Apps — also available in Spanish as Apps en Familia is designed to help parents better understand the variety of ways that apps can support children’s healthy development and family learning, communication, and connection. The guide aims to show parents how to find the best apps that fit your child’s needs, provide tips on how (and why!) to use apps together, and highlight even more resources that will make the process of selecting apps less overwhelming, and more fun.


Now available for libraries and community organizations: A printable brochure of Family Time with Apps or Apps en familia.

Many librarians and community organizations  have requested shorter-form versions of the guides to distribute to their families, so we have collaborated with our partners at Abriendo Puertas and Common Sense Latino to produce a printable PDF in both Spanish and English that organizations can download, print (double-sided), and fold in half for a handy brochure.


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References cited in the book:

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