Child-friendly apps your children will enjoy

By Internet Matters Team on

Fun and engaging apps for kids and teens

If you’re gifting your child a tablet or a smartphone it’s more than likely that they’ll be downloading a number of apps to make the best use of their new gadget.

With over 1.6 million apps available to download from the Android and Apps stores and at least 1,000 apps added each day, there is so much choice and it can be difficult to keep up.

To give you a helping hand, we’ve pulled together a list of age-appropriate apps that’ll help your child get the best out of the internet.

Apps for 0-5 Years


YouTube Kids

Gives parents peace of mind and a child a safe online viewing experience

YouTube have launched a child-friendly version of their popular video sharing site. This was first introduced in the US but now has been made available in the UK.

The child-friendly version filters out inappropriate content and hides comments on videos. It does not allow them to login to the platform and ads are screened to ensure that they are appropriate for children.

Videos are grouped in four categories; shows, music, learning and explore. For all those parents worried about their child viewing inappropriate content on YouTube this app will give you peace of mind. However, we would still encourage you to talk to your child about what they are watching on the app.

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Apps that will inspire your child’s imagination

These apps regularly feature in the best apps for kids lists and Toca Boca has recently added Toca Life: School and Toca life: City to their offering. The apps cover everything from hair salons to science labs and in some instances give parents and child a tool that they can play together.

These apps are designs for young children from 3+ and encourage them to use their imagination to discover different settings in a digital world.

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CBeebies Storytime

Great story-time app full of familiar characters

If you’re looking to share a story with your child with characters they know and love on CBeebies, this is great app for them.

It makes reading fun with playful and imaginative stories created to help support early years reading and develop comprehension skills.

There’s also a library function to give you and your child more options to read and download more stories for free.

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Fisher-Price Apps

Learning apps for toddlers

Created for infants and toddlers, they will help your child learn and play at the same time. There are currently 7 apps to choose from which include Let’s count Animals, Learning letters Monkey App and Storybook Rhymes Volume 1, 2, 3.

These are a great way to help your child develop different skills and have fun at the same time.

My Very Hungry Caterpillar App

Eric Carle’s book made into an interactive pop-up storybook

This is a great classic made available for a new generation. Your child will be able to watch him as he crawls across the screen, help him explore and take a sneak peek into his colourful toy box.

The app brings the story to life by encouraging your child to take care of the caterpillar from egg to butterfly. The app features 8 games which include brain challenges, such as counting, sorting, and building mazes, as well as older-kid-friendly challenges.

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Digiduck Big Decision

Interactive e-safety story

This story was created to help parents teach children aged 3 – 7 yrs how to be a good friend online. It’s a great way to start the conversation about what they should expect from the online world and how to stay safe.

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Apps for 6-10 Years


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Disney Club Penguin

Safe app for young kids to play and interact with friends

The free subscription to this app allows children to play games, chat with penguin friends, and explore the island, whilst parents can be confident their kids are safe.

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Scratch Jr.

A great tool to get kids coding

Getting children to code can be a fun and useful tool for the future. This free iPad app lets kids create interactive animations, stories and basic games using simple computer programming.

  • Age: 6+
  • Cost: Free
  • Available on: iOS

Internet Matters

New interactive e-safety app

This is an interactive learning tool designed to encourage parents and children to talk about e-safety issues. The aim is to help your child to make smart choices to keep themselves safe online.

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Wonderbox: Explore & Learn Science, Geography, Music and Design

Inspires curiosity and creative Thinking

This is a great app that features learning videos and challenges your child to create something new. It allows your child to share their new creations and discoveries with family and friends in a safe online environment.

There are over 120 teacher-created challenges and more than 3000 curated videos from YouTube Vimeo and Google Maps. The content is divided into smaller categories such as World, Drawing and Do it Yourself. Your child will be able to use the in-app search to find content they are interested in.

  • Age: 7+
  • cost: free
  • Available on: iOS

Sky Kids

Gives parents peace of mind and a child a safe online viewing experience

The Sky Kids app will offer a fun and safe way for pre-schoolers to nine year olds to enjoy a wide range of the most popular kids TV.  Parents have been involved in the development of the Sky Kids app. The result is an app that kids will love, supported by safety features that parents need.

  • Age: 3-9 year olds
  • Cost: Available at no extra cost for Variety or Box Sets bundle customers
  • Available on: Android and iOS

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Book Creator

Simple e-book creator for children

This is a great app to engage your child in storytelling as they create a book using their drawings, pictures and even their own voice to bring their story to life.

Once they have created their book, it can be shared on various apps such as Dropbox and Evernote. You can also open it on Google Play Books (Android) and iBooks (iOS).

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Apps for 11-13 Years


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Cargo-Bot

Coding made easy for kids 

If your child is interested in coding, this is a great app which teaches them to code by getting them to direct a robotic arm to move crates to a designated spot. It’s both engaging and challenging, giving children a great way to develop coding skills.

  • Age: 10+
  • Cost: Free
  • Available on iOS

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Minecraft Pocket Edition

Mobile edition of the popular game

Minecraft is officially the most popular game online and now your kids will be able to tap into their creative minds and build structures on their tablets and smartphones. It has the same basic functionality as the desktop version with some limitations.

  • Age: 10+
  • Cost: £4.99
  • Available on Android and iOS

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Magic Piano by Smule

Like Guitar Hero, this app makes piano playing easy and fun

This is a free music-playing app that allows you to play your favourite songs from Mozart to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by tapping balls of light to recreate melodies and chords.

You are given a handful of songs to play and additional songs can be purchased. You can also listen to other players’ performances from all over the world but there is no direct communication.

  • Age: 10+
  • Cost: Free (features in-App purchases)
  • Available on iOS

Duolingo

Easy way to learn a new language

With over 25 million users, this is a popular app that helps you to learn up to 11 languages, from Spanish to Portuguese. The app is free to download and there are no ads or hidden fees so it’s safe for children to use.

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Gooseberry Play

A game app designed to get your child e-safe

This app is designed to teach children between 4 and 16 yrs about online safety. The game covers areas such as emails, privacy settings, stranger danger, cyber bullying, posting selfies and much more.

There is also a parallel Parent App that enables you to track their process and it gives tips on how to have conversations about internet safety.

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Apps for 14+ Years


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Codea

Great tool to get your kids to create their own virtual games

It is essentially a software development tool that teaches kids to program using the Lua programming language. If your child is already familiar with coding this will be easy to pick up. If not, they can they can use sample programs to become familiar.

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Evernote

Helps teens keep track of anything that is important

A free app available on smartphone and desktop to help teens and adults keep track of anything that is important. The app lets you save and share all your notes, photos and thoughts in the cloud so you can have access to them from anywhere with an internet connection.

  • Age: 13+
  • Cost: Free (Premium versions available)
  • Available on Android and iOS

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Zipit

E-safety app to help teens deal with Sexting

Made by ChildLine, Zipit aims to help teenagers deal with difficult sexting and flirting situations. The app offers humorous comebacks and advice, and aims to help teenagers stay in control of flirting when chatting.

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Disco Fingers

Music composition app to easily create and share beats

This app lets you put together songs by placing creatures on a 2D grid. When you press play the characters come alive and represent different instruments and you can also record your own voice with different effects.

The app is free but there are in-app purchases to unlock instruments, vocal filters and export your tune as a ringtone. Tunes can be shared through a message, Twitter, Facebook and email.

  • Age: 4+
  • Cost: Free (with in-app purchases)
  • Available on iOS

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Silent Secrets

Allows teens to share secrets, thoughts, news anonymously

Winner of the TalkTalk Internet Safety Digital Hero Award, the app is designed for teenagers aged between 11 -19 years old to give them the platform to share their thoughts, feelings and news without the fear of being bullied.

It promotes a positive environment for teens to share things they may not be able to with close friends and family and get positive reinforcement to help them deal with stressful situations.

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