– In principle, it should be a piece of cake to find efficient early learning apps in the digital marketplace, for example, about how to teach your toddler to read and count. Parents only have to browse the Google, Apple, or Amazon app stores, and click “Buy.” In reality, such a quest is much more complicated than it seems. When they have to decide in which categories to classify their apps, many developers add them automatically in the “education” section, even if their marvelous creation has little “educational” merit.

– In fact, many apps found online under the “educational” label would be more suited for the “entertainment” category. Does this matter? It does, for people concerned by truth in labeling. More importantly, the increasing need for kids to develop early literacy and numeracy skills is a major reason why parents should be provided clearer information regarding the most appropriate tools for their children’s education.