It doesn’t take a statistician to see that smartphone usage is on the rise. Smartphones and other mobile devices like tablets are everywhere. People are texting on the train, looking up movie times in restaurants, and playing games whenever no one’s looking. Both children and adults spend roughly three hours per day on mobile devices. That may not be a bad thing though.
There is an increasing trend toward making learning apps fun and engaging. Some of the programs allow children to learn on their own, while others are meant for children and parents to use together. All of them encourage interaction.
That strategy seems to be working. According to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, some 36 percent of the total time that children aged two to 10 spend on mobile devices and computers involves something their parents would consider educational. 80 percent of kids use educational apps at least once a week.
Smartphones can actually play a role in education, and for many people they are critical. They provide a safe and fun platform for parents and children. Put simply, as mobile devices have gotten smarter, so have many of their features. Kid-friendly smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge have features that give parents the ability to limit access to certain apps and restrict certain sites. If paired with a reliable network, access to these kid-friendly apps is available anytime and anywhere.
Read on to see how smartphone technology is becoming an important part of education, even for the youngest users.