"New Games for Kids" helps your little ones find an age appropriate game to play in the App Store

A tweet sent out this past weekend by Apple introduced a new section of the App Store designed for children. "New Games for Kids" adds to a kids section previously introduced in 2013. The new feature breaks down games by appropriate age group. The categories are "Ages 5 & Under", "Ages 6-8", and "Ages 9-11."

To prevent confusion, free games have a button marked "Get" and those offering in-app purchases have a warning underneath. Paid apps list the price. The first app you'll see in the new section, is a free eBook aptly titled "Family Time With Apps," which is supposed to help parents find the best apps for their kids.

The apps for those 5 and under include the Sesame Street Video Maker for $2.99, Lego Duplo Ice Cream, which is free, and Thomas and Friends: Lift & Haul which is a collection of six games for $1.99. The age 6 to 8 apps include a pair of free games, Camp Pokemon and Olaf's Adventures. For those age 9 to 11, there is the Inventioneers priced at $4.99, and Disney's Club Penguin Puffle Wild to name just a couple of games.

If you're a parent of precocious tykes, it is best to keep an eye on their use of the App Store. Nearly a year ago, Apple refunded $32.5 million to parents' of young kids who made in-app purchases without their parents approval. The moms and dads let sweet little junior buy a freemium app without realizing that in-app purchases could be made. That is why the current labeling of apps in the App Store notes when an app offers such an option.


source: @AppStore via MacRumors

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5 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It can only help parents make their selections.

3. Alan01

Posts: 573; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

No, depending on the age, the kids can say, "I want this one" and the parents can comply. Alan F.

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

But kids are kids they would want any game to play. So it depends upon parents.

2. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Age 5 & under really shouldn't be using smartphones... or any electronic device, for that matter. I'm definitely not letting mine until they're at least 9-10.

5. Z3R091 unregistered

Yeah they will become dummer if using a smartphone at early age. Imagine right now there lesser kids at the park. All busy with their smartphone

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