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假期需要帮孩子们打发时间吗?这几款APP或许能帮上忙

假期需要帮孩子们打发时间吗?这几款APP或许能帮上忙

乐文澜(Michal Lev-Ram) 2020年10月03日
若使用得当,就可以暂时为父母缓解压力,为孩子提供一些娱乐手段。

大多数父母都不希望孩子花更多的时间盯着屏幕。然而现实是:如今,对于不少既要努力工作又想让孩子们开心的人来说,电子设备已经是不可或缺。既然如此,倘若你打算让孩子使用电子设备,何不预装几款其他家长推荐的、久经考验的教育类应用程序和网站呢?

父母的负担只会越来越重。美国劳工部(U.S. Labor Department)近日发布的指导意见规定,如果学校提供了其他选择,而家长仍然决定让孩子待在家里,则很有可能无法继续享受“家庭优先新冠病毒应急法案”(Families First Coronavirus Response Act)中规定的紧急带薪育儿假。毫无疑问,尽管很多家长确实担心病毒威胁,但恐怕别无选择,只能把孩子送去学校。

应用程序无法解决危机,但若使用得当,就可以暂时为父母缓解压力,为孩子提供一些娱乐手段。听上去正是你想要的,正好能够解决燃眉之急,是不是?以下是美国各地几名在职父母的建议。

哈维兰德·拉梅尔

芝加哥Susan Crown交流中心执行董事,该机构是一家非营利性组织,旨在帮助年轻人掌握数字技术

拉梅尔强烈推荐Common Sense Media的Wide Open School。她介绍说,该网站为从学前到12年级的学生开设免费的远程学习活动,比如乘法测验和诗歌课程。学生们的活动按年级分类。此外,还有一个家庭资源中心,提供了互联网使用(和焦虑)管理的建议。“DoSomething.org的新冠病毒信息和活动也相当棒,为志愿者提供了不少意见和资源。”

哈罗德·休斯

Bandwago的首席执行官,Bandwago是一家位于奥斯丁的追星族数据分析初创公司

Kiddopia专为学龄前儿童设计,妙趣横生的字母和数字课程是其特色,此外也提供蛋糕烘焙、比萨制作等技能课程。休斯还推荐了Tankee,因为与YouTube不同,Tankee上的视频全都经过审查。“这个平台的创始人是名黑人,总部就设在奥斯丁,是个真正家庭友好型平台。”休斯4岁大的孩子喜欢通过这个平台观看其他小朋友玩电子游戏。

萨布丽娜·普罗亚尼奥

Capital Choice公司位于佐治亚州比福德地区的财务顾问

流行的语言学习应用程序“多邻国”有很多适合孩子的内容。“我的孩子们每天都会用这个应用程序学二三十分钟,对帮助他们跟上西班牙语课程很有益。”她还推荐了Muzzy,这是“一款非常老的应用程序,里面有韩语、西班牙语和法语的小动画。”

罗斯·珀金斯

加利福尼亚州帕洛阿尔托Istet Games公司的联合创始人

珀金斯推荐CodeCombat,这是个学习计算机技术的平台。“孩子们很喜欢,从中学会了如何解决问题,养成了坚持不懈的习惯,还学会了编程。我想,就算以后他们不从事软件工作,这些课程也值得花点时间。最棒的是,他们并不觉得是在学习,而是把它当成了一种很有趣的游戏。”

杰西卡·塞巴斯蒂安

北卡罗来纳州布恩市Sebastian Designs的所有人

塞巴斯蒂安是GoNoodle的拥趸,这家公司提供的游戏旨在让孩子们动起来。“新冠病毒爆发时,我们在西班牙,后来不得不打道回府。”塞巴斯蒂安说。“我们还在那里的时候,不能出门,街上有警察巡逻。但对我们来说,运动是最重要的事。”(GoNoodle也提供西班牙语的活动内容,这是个加分项。)她说:“由于当时很焦虑,我们还用了一款叫做Smiling Mind的冥想应用程序。叙述者是个澳大利亚人,声音非常舒缓,我们经常在睡前播放。”(财富中文网)

译者:胡萌琦

大多数父母都不希望孩子花更多的时间盯着屏幕。然而现实是:如今,对于不少既要努力工作又想让孩子们开心的人来说,电子设备已经是不可或缺。既然如此,倘若你打算让孩子使用电子设备,何不预装几款其他家长推荐的、久经考验的教育类应用程序和网站呢?

父母的负担只会越来越重。美国劳工部(U.S. Labor Department)近日发布的指导意见规定,如果学校提供了其他选择,而家长仍然决定让孩子待在家里,则很有可能无法继续享受“家庭优先新冠病毒应急法案”(Families First Coronavirus Response Act)中规定的紧急带薪育儿假。毫无疑问,尽管很多家长确实担心病毒威胁,但恐怕别无选择,只能把孩子送去学校。

应用程序无法解决危机,但若使用得当,就可以暂时为父母缓解压力,为孩子提供一些娱乐手段。听上去正是你想要的,正好能够解决燃眉之急,是不是?以下是美国各地几名在职父母的建议。

哈维兰德·拉梅尔

芝加哥Susan Crown交流中心执行董事,该机构是一家非营利性组织,旨在帮助年轻人掌握数字技术

拉梅尔强烈推荐Common Sense Media的Wide Open School。她介绍说,该网站为从学前到12年级的学生开设免费的远程学习活动,比如乘法测验和诗歌课程。学生们的活动按年级分类。此外,还有一个家庭资源中心,提供了互联网使用(和焦虑)管理的建议。“DoSomething.org的新冠病毒信息和活动也相当棒,为志愿者提供了不少意见和资源。”

哈罗德·休斯

Bandwago的首席执行官,Bandwago是一家位于奥斯丁的追星族数据分析初创公司

Kiddopia专为学龄前儿童设计,妙趣横生的字母和数字课程是其特色,此外也提供蛋糕烘焙、比萨制作等技能课程。休斯还推荐了Tankee,因为与YouTube不同,Tankee上的视频全都经过审查。“这个平台的创始人是名黑人,总部就设在奥斯丁,是个真正家庭友好型平台。”休斯4岁大的孩子喜欢通过这个平台观看其他小朋友玩电子游戏。

萨布丽娜·普罗亚尼奥

Capital Choice公司位于佐治亚州比福德地区的财务顾问

流行的语言学习应用程序“多邻国”有很多适合孩子的内容。“我的孩子们每天都会用这个应用程序学二三十分钟,对帮助他们跟上西班牙语课程很有益。”她还推荐了Muzzy,这是“一款非常老的应用程序,里面有韩语、西班牙语和法语的小动画。”

罗斯·珀金斯

加利福尼亚州帕洛阿尔托Istet Games公司的联合创始人

珀金斯推荐CodeCombat,这是个学习计算机技术的平台。“孩子们很喜欢,从中学会了如何解决问题,养成了坚持不懈的习惯,还学会了编程。我想,就算以后他们不从事软件工作,这些课程也值得花点时间。最棒的是,他们并不觉得是在学习,而是把它当成了一种很有趣的游戏。”

杰西卡·塞巴斯蒂安

北卡罗来纳州布恩市Sebastian Designs的所有人

塞巴斯蒂安是GoNoodle的拥趸,这家公司提供的游戏旨在让孩子们动起来。“新冠病毒爆发时,我们在西班牙,后来不得不打道回府。”塞巴斯蒂安说。“我们还在那里的时候,不能出门,街上有警察巡逻。但对我们来说,运动是最重要的事。”(GoNoodle也提供西班牙语的活动内容,这是个加分项。)她说:“由于当时很焦虑,我们还用了一款叫做Smiling Mind的冥想应用程序。叙述者是个澳大利亚人,声音非常舒缓,我们经常在睡前播放。”(财富中文网)

译者:胡萌琦

Most parents aren't looking to add more screen time to their kids' schedule. But let's face it: At the moment, devices are a necessary evil for many of us who are trying to work and keep our children entertained. And if you’re going to hand your kid a screen, why not preload it with tried-and-tested educational apps and websites—suggested by other parents?

The burden on parents is only growing. Recently released guidance from the U.S. Labor Department dictates that families that have opted to keep their kids at home, when given the choice by their school, will likely no longer be eligible for emergency paid leave for childcare as outlined in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. To be sure, many parents don’t have a choice and must send their children to school, despite very real fears of the virus.

Apps won't solve the crisis. But they can provide some temporary relief for parents and an entertaining outlet for kids when used sparingly. Sound like something you want—make that need? Read on for recommendations from a handful of working parents around the country.

Haviland Rummel

Executive director of the Susan Crown Exchange, a non-profit in Chicago that aims to arm youth with digital skills

First up on her list is Wide Open School by Common Sense Media. Rummel says it provides free distance learning activities like multiplication quizzes and poetry tutorials for preschool through grade 12. Student activities are segmented by grade, and there is also a family resource center that includes tips on managing Internet use (and anxiety). "Another great resource is DoSomething.org’s Coronavirus resources and action campaigns, which provides ideas and resources for volunteering opportunities," says Rummel.

Harold Hughes

CEO at Bandwagon, a fan identity and data and analytics startup in Austin

Kiddopia, which is optimized for preschool-aged kids, features fun lessons on ABCs and numbers but also includes skills-based things like baking a cake or making a pizza. Hughes also suggests trying Tankee instead of YouTube, because the former features fully vetted videos only. "Led by a Black founder and based here in Austin, [it] is a truly family-friendly platform," says Hughes, whose four-year-old likes to watch other kids play video games on the site.

Sabrina Proano

Financial advisor at Capital Choice, in Buford, GA.

Duolingo, the popular app for learning languages, has plenty to offer children. "My kids do 20 to 30 minutes a day on the app, and it’s really helping to keep up with their Spanish," says Proano. She also recommends Muzzy, which she describes as a "really old app that has little cartoons in Korean, Spanish and French."

Ross Perkins

Cofounder of Istet Games, in Palo Alto, Calif.

He recommends CodeCombat, a platform for learning computer science skills. "The kids have enjoyed it and it's teaching them about problem solving and perseverance as well as how to code," says Perkins. "Even if they don't end up with software jobs, I think the lessons learned here are well worth the time they invest into it. The best part is they don't see it as an educational experience—to them it's just a fun game to play."

Jessica Sebastian

Owner of Sebastian Designs, in Boone, N.C.

Sebastian is a fan of GoNoodle, which offers games that aim to get kids moving. "We were in Spain for the year when COVID hit, and ended up having to get evacuated to get home," she says. "While we were still there, we couldn’t leave our house—there were police officers patrolling the streets. Physical activity was the No. 1 thing for us." (An added bonus: GoNoodle offers activities in Spanish too.) "Also, because of all of the anxiety at the time, we used a mindfulness and meditation app called Smiling Mind," says Sebastian. "It’s done by a very soothing Australian narrator and we used it a lot at bedtime.

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