The iPhone Mom

http://www.theiphonemom.com/

I review apps for anyone looking to tap into the practical, personal or parenting potential of their iPad, iPod or iPhone. I also feature how-to tips, tech accessory reviews and a movie review now and again.

Heather is a winner of Top 25 Tech Moms - 2013

What's your favorite kid-friendly app?

As much fun as games are to play, and we certainly like Temple Run in our house, I love apps that help children use their imagination and reasoning. Educational apps are fantastic too! The most successful apps, in my opinion, are the ones that involve children in creating and exploring. One of my favorite interactive stories, which I always recommend, is Luna Red Riding Hood (http://www.theiphonemom.com/luna-red-riding-hood-and-cauldron-chaos-review/). The Luna series immerses readers into a magical world and requires reader participation to further the storyline. Another favorite is Monsters vs. Superheros (http://www.theiphonemom.com/monsters-vs-superheroes-comic-book-maker/). This feature-packed app allows children to create their own moving comic using "stickers" and imagination. Finally, to see how much fun fractions can be, treat your child to Squeebles Fractions (http://www.theiphonemom.com/squeebles-fractions-review/).

What tips would you give a mom who wants to become more tech savvy?

Don't be put off by the amount of gadgets and apps that are available! Sometimes, when looking for a new device or app, the amount of choices becomes overwhelming. Find a great review site to help make decisions when it comes to products. Explore social media and app stores. Once you start choosing a few apps, you will become more comfortable with the platform. Don't forget to always be aware of how your children are using technology. Have an ongoing conversation about the do's and don'ts with them.

What's the most innovative gadget for children you've seen?

I would love to give a more original answer than this, but since our blog is call "TheiPhoneMom" and we review apps for iPhone and iPad, I am going to have to go with...the iPad. The amount of screen time we allow our children is something each family has to decide, but the advantage of an iPad is that screen time can be used in an educational manner. There are some fantastic math and language apps. Therapists use iPads in speech therapy, occupational therapy etc. Interactive books are a fantastic media that engages children in a world of words and imagination. Pair it with a kid-durable case, and it's hard to argue that there is another gadget that comes close to having all the features an iPad can offer to children.