Monday, October 21, 2013

Top Ten Apps To Teach Tots To Be Safe

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 3., children have the right to be kept safe. For our kids with special needs, often this requires extra supervision and extra reinforcemen of behaviors that are safe. There are many ways we can teach safety to children, including role-playing, predicting possible outcomes of future events, reading books, watching videos and, of course, using apps! Here is my list of Top Ten Apps To Teach Tots To Be Safe.

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Sparky's Birthday Surprise by Cupcake Digital

This app was developed in conjunction with the National Fire Protection Authority, and uses Common Core State Standards. The story and game are part of a whole program of information and activities that Sparky shares with kids. This is really a great find and a good place to start talking about safety with your child.

From iTunes
It’s Sparky® the Fire Dog’s birthday, and his doggie friends are throwing a surprise party. In this fun and original tap-and-play storybook app, kids will learn important fire safety skills while joining the excitement of preparing for a surprise birthday party. The story includes bright graphics, surprising animations, interactive learning games, and a hilarious one-of-a-kind sing-along music video.

FREE (iPad/iPhone)


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I Stay Safe PREMIUM by istaysafe pty ltd

This series of four Newsstand books about safety comes with Making Toast For Mummy free. The other books, entitled Going to the Shops: stranger danger, Bullying, and a Day at the beach, are all available as in-app purchases for $2.99 each. Making Toast For Mummy is an interactive ebook that shows exactly what can go wrong at home when unsafe behaviours are chosen. The story can only continue when safe choices are made.

From istaysafe.com.au:
Scarlett is 3 going on 13 and believes she can do anything. Lucky she has her big brother Casper to look out for her. In this safety book Scarlett is determined to make toast for her Mummy, however there are a lot of things that can go wrong when she is let loose in the kitchen.

Written in easy to read rhymes your child will enjoy creating their own adventure as they select whether a scenario is safe or not and turn the page to find out what happens.


FREE (iPad/iPhone)


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Staying Safe and Safer Strangers - A Stranger Danger Social Story for Autism, Down Syndrome & Other Special Needs by Touch Autism

Clear and simple, this story app tells children exactly who a safe stranger is and what a safe building looks like. Rather than scaring children, the images will empower children to know what to do if they find themselves lost in an unfamiliar area.

From iTunes:
Children with special needs often need more direct instruction of social skills like how and who to ask for help. Teaching community safety skills to any child may be easier and less stressful when visual supports, like social stories are used. This social story explains accurate safety information and ensures that your child will know what to expect and what to do if they are lost.

Social stories are an important type of visual support often used with children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome or other special need. This social story uses simple text and descriptive pictures to explain why and how to ask for help. Social stories were first defined by Carol Gray in 1991 and are commonly used to break down a task or social situation into small and easy to understand steps, often accompanied by descriptive pictures. Social stories are incredibly easy to implement and are used by many professionals for a wide range of behaviors.


$2.99 (iPad/iPhone)


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Safety For Kids By Tinytapps by Altaf rehmani

The three sections of this app provide safety information for at home and while out, activities in the form of a song, a game and coloring pages, and finally a game of snakes and ladders that gives safety tips along the way. The app comes free, but does not have much content so you will need to purchase the full version for $0.99 to get the full benefit. Safety For Kids is another app that can teach tots to be safe.


From iTunes:
Safety For Kids by Tinytapps could be your starting point. The app has sections about:
1.Home Safety
2.Road Safety

The two above sections help educate the kids on the dangers at home and on the road and how to keep themselves safe. As basic as they may seem, simple safety tips could end up saving your child's life.
The app also has:
3.Rhyme – Traffic Lights
4.Activity to recognize unsafe objects
5.Art Activity


FREE ($0.99 IAP for full version)


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Kids Get a Plan - The 30/30 rule eBook by IDEAS Orlando

Fabulously illustrated ebook to teach kids about the 30/30 rule of what to do during a storm. The three characters, Squirrel, Possum and Rabbit, each have their own reactions to the thunder they hear of the approaching storm. Only Rabbit has the courage and sense to know how to behave appropriately during a storm, however. It is up to him to teach and guide his two friends through the fear and danger of nature's raging elements. This ebook includes inbuilt definitions of weather specific words.

From iTunes:
The adventures of Rabbit, Possum, and Squirrel in The 30/30 Rule. Join Rabbit, Possum, and Squirrel as they learn how to keep themselves safe during thunderstorms by applying the 30/30 Rule. Reading Level: Grade 1.

FREE 30/30 Rule        FREE 30/30 Activity
     

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DialSafe Pro by Little Bit Studio, LLC.

The only regret you will have with this app is that you didn't download it earlier. With settings that are country appropriate, the option to input your own real phone numbers, and record messages for you child, this app is a must-download to teach your child how to use the phone in case of an emergency. Smart Apps For Kids gave this app a FIVE star review!

From iTunes:
DialSafe is used by teachers, police officers, and parents.

International Users: 000, 911, or 999 will be taught based on your device country code or can be selected in settings for Australia, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, or United States.

DOES YOUR CHILD KNOW:
• To press Talk (the green button) when dialing?
• How to hangup and recover from misdialing?
• In case of a fire, call 911 from a neighbors home?
• What to say if a stranger calls?

IMPORTANT FEATURES
• Animated audio lessons on phone basics, 911, and strangers.
• Memory game to progressively learn phone numbers.
• Realistic phone simulator that operates like a real phone.
• Built-in real world dialog for key numbers (even wrong numbers).
• Custom phone numbers.
• Record custom audio.
• Guided practice sessions for step by step learning.
• Unguided challenge sessions for evaluating.
• Did we mention a simulator that works like a real phone? :)


FREE (iPad/iPhone)


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My Safe Car Ride by Bi Hong Lin

Reading stories and playing games help to reinforce safe behaviors to children in a fun and age appropriate way. Children love to help the characters achieve their goals in the various mini-games and are rewarded with coins to collect.

From iTunes:
How to behave in the car? How to take the bus? How to install the safety seat? Most children enjoy car rides. To help them and their parents improve safety awareness, BabyBus presents the “My safe,car ride” app. My Safe Car Ride uses 3 scenarios: the fun car repair shop, car travel and the bus to teach about safety in a fun way. Easy controls and interesting interactive plots of the game help correct children’s behavior and make it worthwhile for Mom and Dad too. Give it a shot!
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▶design concepts:
We focus on inspiration, not just learning.
We focus on capacity-building, rather than a single cognition.
We focus on entertaining, rather than spoon-feeding teaching.
Take the baby bus, which is loaded with a happy childhood!
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▶The series introduction:
Baby Bus is the first brand in early childhood educational software (field of mobile Internet), which is developed specifically for preschoolers, and includes two series which are the Age(1-3) and the Age(3-6). The series of the Age(3-6) combines the main concepts of early childhood education for 3-6 year-old babies and covers the Cognition Pavilion, Brain Training, Art Center and other relevant categories, the applications of Age(3-6) are aimed at the development of the comprehensive cognitive abilities of the baby’s pedia, music, art, and the analytical thinking capabilities of the left and right brain.


FREE (iPad/iPhone)


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Click Clack Book & Game by VicRoads

Does your child tend to slip out of his/her car seat? Is s/he resistant to putting it on in the first place? Keeping our children safe while we are driving is of utmost importance and this app may just be able to help with that. Many parents have found iPad use during car trips a great distraction for Houdini children, and this app will also teach about the benefits of being strapped in.

From iTunes:
VicRoads and School Drug Education and Road Aware have partnered to produce a high quality children’s book for children aged four to eight years titled Click! Clack!

Written by renowned Australian author Danny Katz and illustrated by Mitch Vane Click! Clack! follows the story of a group of children as their imaginations take them on fun filled journeys in rocket ships, on camels and rollercoasters all while in the comfort of their booster seat! Now you can bring the story to life with the interactive app for iPad. Click! Clack! is beautifully painted with watercolours and is filled with sounds, animations, and hidden surprises.

Read along with the narration and watch each page come to life with interactive scenes and characters. Play and learn with the Click! Clack! dress up game. Let your imagination run wild by dressing up your favourite character in outfits and scenes taken straight from the book. Save your creations to show off to others!

Look at the iPhone version to take the story mobile! Be sure to check out our other road safety education interactive app That’s the Sound the Street Makes. Find more road safety education information and resources vicroads.vic.gov.au


FREE (iPad)                 FREE (iPhone)
     

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Keep Spriggy Safe: Tips & Game by Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Inc.

Spriggy needs help moving around the home. In each different room are hazards that he needs to avoid. Played like an arcade game, the player simply taps the screen to make Spriggy move. He needs to jump over things that give him "ouchies" and once he'd had three ouchies, that's the end of the game. There are some questions that may require an adult to read and discuss the appropriate answer with the player. There are three difficulty levels: Ages 6-12, Ages 6-12 With Grownup and Ages 13 & Up. There's also an option to view safety tips and read more about topics such as Poison Prevention and Fire Safety.


From iTunes:
Your job is keep Spriggy safe, happy and healthy by answering the safety questions correctly.

• The more questions you get right, the higher he can bounce.
• The higher he can bounce, the more coins he can collect.
• You control Spriggy’s bouncing with a tap on the screen.
• Be careful of potential hazards—they take points away.
Safety at your fingertips

Take a look at the tips section to find out how you can make every room in your home safer and prevent injuries.

We have a variety of tips to help you:

• Plan fun and educational activities • Prevent slips and falls in your home
• Avoid burn injuries and practice fire safety
• Prevent accidental poisoning
• Reduce the risk of drowning and choking
• Teach your family about bike safety
• Stay safe outdoors all year long
• Increase motor vehicle safety measures
• Teach your teen how to be a safe driver


FREE (iPhone/iPad)


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Little Heroes - Big Deeds by By Wixel Studios Offshore

After creating a username for themself and an assistant to guide them through the safety issues, the child then hops around the city, visiting dangerous situations and choosing safe options. For example, an earthquake is coming and the child needs to choose a safe place in the classroom. In another example, the child needs to choose whether the time displayed is a safe time to visit the beach. There is a lot of reading involved with this app, so it is a good one for a child to do with a parent/carer/teacher.


From iTunes:
Go on a special adventure with your child through a unique game that helps educate them about safety and prevention. From Mountains to city suburbs, Little Heroes will better equip you and your child with the knowledge and reflexes to act and react to natural and domestic disasters.

*FEATURES*
-29 minigames that teach safety and prevention.
-Fun characters that help you along the way
-Multiple children may play simultaneously
-Earn medals and badges to show your friends.
-Unlock characters by earning medals.
-Fun , engaging and interactive
-Unique environments for each situation.


$1.99 (iPad only)


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Cas is needing to reinforce appropriate car ride behaviors after her daughter threw her unwanted pizza crust out of the open window the other day.

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