Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Parent to Parent: App Moms
It's not just computer geeks coming up with apps. In tonight's Parent to Parent, Lynn Martinez introduces us to some moms who are developing apps just for kids.
WSVN -- Two moms, two very different apps, both with kids in mind.
Julie has an 11-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter.
Like most kids their age, they love technology. But she wanted them to read more.
Julie Landry Laviolette, App Mom: "I wanted to develop something that would help kids read and get them interested in reading."
So she came up with a reading app dedicated to 'tweens, called "Brush of Truth."
Julie Landry Laviolette, App Mom: "It's a book about two 'tweens who find an enchanted paintbrush."
The story is written in second person.
Julie Landry Laviolette, App Mom: "So you are the main character in this app, and you choose how the story unfolds at critical parts in the plot."
Because the child gets to choose different paths for the characters, it really holds their interest.
Julie Landry Laviolette, App Mom: "'Brush of Truth' has 65 decision points and 20 different endings."
At first, Chloe was skeptical of her mom's app idea.
Chloe Laviolette, 9 Years Old: "I was like, 'Really, reading? Not a game? Seriously.'"
Now, she says it's more fun than reading a paper book, because you're in control of the story.
Chloe Laviolette, 9 Years Old: "You look at it and you read it, you make your decision of what you want to happen."
Even Ian, an Xbox expert, believes it will get more kids his age to read.
Ian Laviolette, 11 Years Old: "I think with the app, it's interactive, it gives them something to do."
Anahelena didn't want to miss a minute of her daughter's life.
Anahelena Natera, App Mom: "When I started keeping her memories, I couldn't really find anything that suited my needs."
So she came up with "Kid-Capsule," an app that documents your child's life story.
Anahelena Natera, App Mom: "It's from your baby's first milestones until she gets her Ph.D."
It starts with details of your baby's birth.
Anahelena Natera, App Mom: "So you have where they were born, when they were born, the time."
Then there's a photo gallery and a place for videos, so you can capture all their precious moments and instantly share them with family and friends.
Anahelena Natera, App Mom: "It's like a carbon copy of the event in the other person's phone."
So even working parents won't miss a beat.
Lynn Martinez: "Both Kid-Capsule and Brush of Truth are available on iTunes."
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