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

"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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