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    Healthy Apps
    Kids Need

    Healthy Apps
    Kids Need

    The ultimate guide to choosing appsfor your developing child.

    Healthy Apps
    Kids Need

    Your kid should be safe to use their Pinwheel, unsupervised.

    With that goal in mind, our app boutique is carefully curated. Every app aligns to our therapist-backed principles. No ad-driven apps. Apps designed to suck your kid into their screen or to deliberately cause addiction are also rejected. No apps with obvious (or sneaky!) workarounds to access the internet and social media.

     

    Kids are better served by having a few apps that truly serve them, than an endless buffet of novelty.

     

    The apps you’ll find on Pinwheel will always reflect this mindset: quality over quantity. That said, our selection of apps does grow consistently and we do look forward to the day when there are kid-safe apps available for every interest and need your kids have.

    With that goal in mind, our app boutique is carefully curated. Every app aligns to our therapist-backed principles. No ad-driven apps. Apps designed to suck your kid into their screen or to deliberately cause addiction are also rejected. No apps with obvious (or sneaky!) workarounds to access the internet and social media.

     

    Kids are better served by having a few apps that truly serve them, than an endless buffet of novelty.

     

    The apps you’ll find on Pinwheel will always reflect this mindset: quality over quantity. That said, our selection of apps does grow consistently and we do look forward to the day when there are kid-safe apps available for every interest and need your kids have.

    These are the apps currently available in our app boutique:



    QUESTIONS ABOUT APPS:

    How do we choose Apps? 

     

    Our therapists and child-development specialists defined clear criteria for safe and healthy apps.

     

    In a nutshell, they advise that apps that are designed to cause addiction, disconnection from real life, or to give access to the internet and social media should be carefully supervised and monitored and limited by parents. So those apps don’t belong on a Pinwheel, which goes with them everywhere.

     

    How do I get an app included?

     

    If you would like to submit a specific app, or suggest a type of app, for inclusion, please check ourApp Request Page to see if it has already been evaluated. If it has not, there is an app request form on the bottom of that page.

     

    Can my kid have access to other apps?

     

    Of course they can! Your kids can use any app you deem suitable for them. Some apps just require they use a different device to access them. Pinwheel is the device they can keep with them everywhere they go, safely. And Pinwheel makes it so you don’t have to think too hard about evaluating the choices within the Pinwheel ecosystem. We vet the apps for safety and wellness, so you can spend less energy on scrutinizing and worrying.

     

    Can my favorite app get removed?

     

    Pinwheel sometimes has to remove apps when new workarounds or holes are introduced by their designers. The reason to get a Pinwheel is its modes, safelist, and curation of apps, but not for a particular one! If you absolutely, positively must have a certain app, you probably need a more permissive device.

     

    Where can I read more about safe app choosing?

     

    Download our free e-book here.