Before I start, this post isn’t meant to be a debate about when children are old enough for phones or an opportunity to point out that we managed perfectly well without phones when we were younger. It’s not even a discussion about whether children should be allowed on social media although points of view are more than welcome as always if you really have to get in to that whole debate on here.
The whole point of this post is to share with you some of Miss Frugal’s favourite apps from her phone. In fact, when I say I’m going to share ten apps that your tween can’t live without I clearly mean that I’ve asked Miss Frugal to tell me the ten apps that she can’t live without and we’re going to assume that all children of her age will love them all as much as she does. 😉
There are moments when I think Miss Frugal is surgically attached to her phone but I don’t blame her because she uses it for so much as you’ll see from this little lot….
Who doesn’t love Instagram? She’s had an account for a year or so and it was our way of introducing her gradually to social media and it’s been great for this. I check it regularly and although she does share lots of photos (mostly selfies) she uses it mainly for group messaging as the DM feature lets you DM multiple people in the same message. She regularly has group messages going on between her old friends and her friends from a new school – two of them are even going out with each other now!
Oovoo is like Facetime but you can have group chats with up to six people (I think that’s the maximum anyway). It’s great with her living in another town to a lot of her school friends as they have group chats almost every night. They also have homework sessions where they all do their homework together – without even being told to!
Download this at your peril – it’s highly addictive!
Where else would she learn how to put her make up on properly, watch cute animal videos and keep up with the comings and goings of Zoella and Alfie Deyes! It’s also good for bringing to life what she’s learning at school.
One of her favourite apps to play on with her friends – it’s just a quick video app where you can choose music, slow it down or speed it up and make a video.
This one is lovely, it takes lots of vintage style photos at once so you can change your pose for each one and it then puts them together in a collage.
Another silly video app that she uses to make funny short videos.
This is one that she’s trying to master right now to make her more serious videos for YouTube where she has aspirations of being the next Zoella.
She’s taken up running recently and likes to use this one to work out how far she’s run and in what time. We have the free version but she uses it quite a bit so we’re considering the paid for version if that’s got more features that she’ll use.
This is what she uses for picture and video texting although I think the novelty will wear off this one soon!
She uses this all of the time to listen to music and has lots of playlists set up on there including one relaxing one that she listens to before bed.
She uses this instead of safari for internet searching as we find it much better for her to understand the search results. She uses it very often for homework so I want it to be as easy as possible for her to find what she’s looking for.
There are more, lots more, where these came from but I’ll save them for another day and I’ll leave you with a TGI Fridays toilet mirror selfie. As you do!
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