The tech giant partnered with academic experts to rate apps based on age suitability and quality of experience, enrichment, and delight.
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Attention parents trying to juggle work, children, and their sanity during the COVID-19 crisis : Google Play this week introduced a new kids tab filled with “teacher-approved” apps for learning and entertaining.
To select the best and brightest programs for its Play Store , Google partnered with academic experts from across the country to rate applications based on factors such as age suitability and quality of experience, enrichment, and delight. Only those who are sanctioned by educators and meet Google standards receive a “teacher approved” badge. Each list of apps includes information on why it was chosen, in an effort to help parents determine what is best for their children.
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“We decided to launch the kids tab a little earlier than planned because parents who tried it told us that it has been helpful, especially now with their kids at home from school and spending more time with screens,” Mindy Brooks, director of experience for Google Play user says on the company's blog . “Because it's early, you may not see some of your favorite apps yet, but we're adding new content as quickly as possible.”
The feature, which will now be implemented for users of the platform in the United States before expanding globally, will replace the “family” section and its applications, according to ZDNet . The family library, which allows up to six people to share free purchases, will not be affected by the change.
“This announcement would not be possible without the teachers who have worked closely with us over the past few years to select applications that can help children develop, grow and have fun,” Brooks said, citing top advisers Joe Blatt of Harvard Graduate School. of Education and Sandra Calvert of Georgetown University. “We are confident that teachers will enrich our children while they are in school, and we are grateful that they have shared their experience in rating the apps children use when they are not in school as well.”