It’s not a problem for children.
And it’s not just a problem in the U.S. The best apps are not available to all.
But there are many ways to find them, and a number of good ones.
Learn from others’ mistakes, learn from the mistakes of others, and be honest with yourself, experts say.
When you go to Google and type in “apps” in the search bar, you’ll probably see a huge number of options.
But they’re usually limited to what the people who actually built those apps are doing, rather than what they could have done to make the app better.
The good news is that you can use this knowledge to your advantage.
Start with a clean slate.
“If you’re not careful, you’re going to get all the ideas that come up, and it’s going to be a bit of a learning curve,” says Kristin Johnson, author of the book, The Little Apps Way: The Hidden Tools You Need To Get Things Done.
But it’s also a good idea to start with a clear understanding of what’s out there.
“You need to know that you’re getting the right apps and the right features for what you need to do,” she says.
“But at the same time, you have to know the right way to go about it.”
Ask yourself: Do I want to learn something new?
Or will I just be used to it?
Ask yourself the following questions when you start looking for a new app.
You can also ask the question: “Am I a kid?”
“Do I have a family?
Can I get help?”
“Am the app going to take up all my time or do I want it to be productive?”
Go with your gut.
If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s no better time than the holidays.
But when you’re a child, don’t settle for anything less than the best possible experience.
“The best thing to do when you have a child is to look at it from a child’s perspective,” says Johnson.
“Ask yourself, is there a lot of learning to do?
Does this app really have all the bells and whistles that I need?
Are there any other features that I could have added?”
Use your imagination.
“I love my iPhone,” says John Peebles, a digital strategist and CEO of Peeble Consulting.
“When I first started working with them, I didn’t think I’d ever be able to do this, but I’m glad I did.
I think when you first look at them, it’s a totally different way of looking at things.”
Peely recommends looking for apps that you’ll find useful, because it will give you a sense of what your child would like to do, whether it’s to read, take photos, or learn to program.
If the apps you want are too big to fit into your schedule, consider a smaller app that can take advantage of a larger device.
But you’ll likely find a better way to do the same thing if you’re looking for something that you might want to do later.
Make sure you can take care of yourself.
“Your child needs to feel safe and secure,” says Peeles.
“Make sure that it’s the best thing for him to do.
If he has a really big app, he might feel like he’s just being held back.”
Make it a priority.
It’s important to be mindful of what you’re giving your child, says Johnson, because when you give them something, they’re more likely to want it more.
“So if you want your child to do something, it makes more sense to give them a good reason to want to use that app,” she explains.
“It makes it more likely that they’ll want to be more engaged in that activity.”
Make the app simple, and make it fun.
If your child doesn’t want to take a lot to learn, it might be a good decision to give him something easy to do and fun.
And if he’s very active and wants to do a lot, then a simple app can be a great way to get him started.
Make a choice.
“What if I wanted to learn more?” says Johnson of this approach.
“How would I do that?
Would I make the choice to spend money on something I didn