Using mobile devices, such as the iPhone 7 and Samsung S7, and a high-quality network with national coverage help keep kids learning and entertained during long road trips with educational apps.
There are many alternatives to videos games and movies for keeping kids entertained on a long trip.
Parents don’t need to choose between entertainment and education – they can give their kids both.
Many of today’s best educational apps are built around games that make learning fun – from taking on tough math problems to learning a second language.
Many games are collaborative, so kids can compete against their friends whenever and wherever they are.
Many kids have their own mobile device these days:
It’s getting more common every year. According to a recent survey, 58 percent of respondents had at least one child with a cellphone – up from 49 percent in 2015.
The same survey showed 79 percent of adults had used their smartphone to assist them while traveling.
Mobile technology is increasingly a part of everyday family life, and that’s why we encourage parents to find ways to make that screen time educational.
Educational apps for parents to check out:
There are so many quality educational apps available today that we encourage parents to explore the App Store or Google Play. A few we recommend:
Duolingo is fun and effective for kids or adults learning a second language.
Hooked on Phonics is great for younger kids just learning how to read.
Mathmateer, which is available to iPhone and iPad users, will keep grade-schoolers busy with 56 fun math missions.
Stack the States is perfect for a cross-country trip, teaching kids about U.S. geography, state capitals and flags
How mobile technology can help parents make the most of that long road trip:
Mobile devices can help with every aspect of a road trip, from keeping the peace in the back seat to zeroing in on the cheapest gas and finding the perfect place to stop and eat.
We encourage parents to stop by a U.S. Cellular store in the area so our associates can answer questions and provide app recommendations tailored to their specific road trip needs.