As the summer break looms, now is as good a time as any to get app savvy before your kids disappear behind their devices. For example, it’s no good blocking their Minecraft app at ‘homework time’ if their new obsession is dodging trains on Subway Surfers.
So, in the spirit of being ‘down with the kids’ and keeping on top of our kids’ digital lives, we did a bit of digging into the apps that are currently being installed by Screen Time families. Then we split them into 3 groups of top ten apps – Entertainment apps; Social Apps and Gaming apps. We found some of the results surprising. Check them out for yourself.
Top 10 most popular Entertainment Apps
It’s no surprise to see that YouTube is by far the most popular entertainment app among Screen Time kids. What is surprising is it has had 79% more installs than Netflix. And don’t forget, the Screen Time app allows parents to monitor kids tablets too. Even more interesting, the YouTube Kids app appears much further down the list at No. 6. A possible indication of a lack of awareness of a kids version of YouTube perhaps? (Never heard of YouTube Kids? There’s a handy parents guide to it here.)
- Amazon Kindle
- YouTube Kids
- Sandbox – Color By Numbering Pages
- Pixel Art – Color By Numbers
- Amazon Prime Video
Top 10 most popular Social Apps
Move over Snapchat, and make way for the more grown up social app contenders! Whatsapp is by far the most installed social app by Screen Time users, with a whopping 69% more installs than Facebook Messenger. And with Instagram bagging 25% more downloads by kids than any other social media apps, could this mean the end is nigh for Snapchat?
- Facebook Messenger
- Group Play
Top 10 most popular Gaming Apps.
With Minecraft at the top spot, there is no great surprise here. But with Clash Royale and Subway Surfers only slightly behind, Minecraft might not stay on top for much longer.
- Minecraft Pocket Edition
- Clash Royale
- Subway Surfers
- Clash Of Clans
- Helix Jump
- Pokemon GO
- Love Balls
So there you have it. If you wanted some extra guidance on the world of kids’ apps, you might find this post useful: 5 apps you need to talk about with your teenagers.
Remember, with the Screen Time app, parents receive a notification every time their child tries to download a new app. So next time you get a request to download one of the above, you can surprise your kids with your amazing app knowledge!
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