“Mom, I’m bored.” Those three little words are enough to make any mother cringe, especially when they’re uttered at 8 a.m. on the second day of March Break. Ugh. But wait, there’s no need to start frantically flipping through Pinterest boards in search of ideas just yet. Boredom isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, a little idle time could actually benefit your bouncing little bundle of joy.
From challenging games to engaging stories, kids love spending time exploring apps on the iPad. It’s no wonder this and other tablet devices have become highly coveted household items – both parents and children alike can’t wait to fire one up and spend an afternoon watching movies, reading books and investigating new and exciting interactive experiences. But what happens when your child’s love affair with technology turns into a full-fledged obsession? If you’ve found yourself prying the iPad from the hands of your preschooler on more than one occasion, it might be time to reconsider your child’s relationship with their tablet.
It’s often said that the latest generation of kids have been born with devices in their hands. Commonly referred to as the “iGeneration” or “Digital Natives”, these youngsters are the first group of individuals to have been raised in a world dominated by digital technology. While individuals from elder generations recall an existence before email and smartphones, Digital Natives have been exposed to these technologies virtually from conception (admit it Moms and Dads, there’s a maternity photo floating around somewhere on your Facebook feed…).
We all know that kids love iPads and apps, but just how much? In honor of Valentine’s Day, we create this cute little infographic to provide you with a little more information on the iGeneration’s growing love for technology.
When isn’t free, free? That’s a question that many parents ask themselves when reviewing new app downloads for their kids. Just because a game or app is listed as “free” in the store, doesn’t mean there isn’t a cost associated with the product. A popular sales model for many app developers, the freemium in-app purchase approach enables users to augment their app experience through the purchase of additional features.
Last week on the Loud Crow blog, we reported on the recent FTC ruling concerning Apple’s in-app purchasing issues. As part of the deal, Apple will be refunding nearly $32.5 million in unauthorized purchases made without parental consent. While we wait for more information on this settlement and the unveiling of Apple’s updated in-app purchasing process, the support team at Loud Crow thought it would be useful to remind our customers that Apple already offers a pretty reliable refund program. Provided you have a legitimate reason for the request, of course. The following is a quick run down explaining the ins and outs of Apple refund requests as the system stands now.
Worried that your child might accidentally run up your credit card bill every time he or she sits down to play on your iPad? If stories of unauthorized in-app purchases have you placing your iPad under lock and key, you’ll be excited to hear some recent news from the Federal Trade Commission and Apple. Earlier this year, Apple agreed to change their in-app billing system in response to an FTC complaint that found the company charged consumers millions of dollars for unauthorized in-app purchases from children. As part of the settlement, Apple will refund nearly $32.5 million in purchases as well as change its billing methods in order to obtain “express, informed consent” before any in-app purchase is made.
Snowed in and looking for something fun to do with your kids this holiday season? A scavenger hunt could be just the ticket! Challenge your child to an exciting indoor adventure with help from everyone’s favorite feline detective… Huckle Cat! The following post will provide you with everything you need to set the stage for an afternoon of problem solving and deductive reasoning. Items You’ll Need Items to hide Paper Pencils Construction paper Fun detective costume (your kids will want to look the part, after all!) Planning Your Mystery Scavenger Hunt Clever clues provide the foundation for a good scavenger hunt, so be sure to take some time and plan out your approach. Start by selecting a theme for your scavenger hunt; this can be as simple as listing out household items to locate. Remember to keep your hints fun and easy to follow, especially if your hunt will involve younger children. Provide your child with a list of clues to find and instructions on where to look for them. Remember to make your hints as specific as possible. For instance, don’t say “find the red scarf” if there are four red scarves in your closet. Instead, say “find the red scarf with the white snowflakes on it” to make the search go more smoothly. Limit your list of clues to eight or ten items so that your little detectives don’t feel overwhelmed or lose interest. Finally, make it clear that certain parts of the home are off-limits to your…
Looking forward to embarking on a trip to Busytown this holiday season? Then grab your tablet and get ready for fun! Our latest interactive app adventure, Busytown Mysteries is just about ready for unveiling. But before we invite all of our friends and followers to descend on this lively little town, we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce a few key residents. From Huckle Cat to Lowly Worm, here are a few of the characters waiting to befriend your kids in Busytown!
What does it take to build an amazing app experience? It’s a tough question, but one that we strive to answer every day here at Loud Crow. Whether it’s building the next great story app or releasing a new toontale experience, our team of interactive designers and developers are always pushing the limits of their creativity. That includes lead designers Roger Lee and Jayson Kirby, the dynamic duo behind our latest app release, Busytown Mysteries.