From the Editor
Welcome to Children's Technology Review!
Since 1993, we’ve worked toward one goal: “to provide complete and objective reviews of children’s interactive media products.” For those who are new to our work, here’s an overview.
- Affordable. The cost is $30 for a 1 Year Subscription, which includes full access to the online review database. Read more about subscription details.
- Ethical. There are no ads or gimmicks. You don’t get spam or pinged to sign up for a survey. We don’t automatically renew subscriptions, and we don’t sell or profit from the success or failure of the products we review (e.g., we don’t use affiliate links). And we don’t share subscriber information. Read our thoughts about objectivity.
- Educational. We’re educators, so we look at these products with the question, “What does a child walk away from the experience with, that he or she didn’t have when first coming to the experience?” We always put the child ahead of the technology; our work is grounded in child development theory and developmentally appropriate practice.
- Experienced. Our first review was written in 1985, based on research at the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation.
- A primary source. CTR reviews have informed other media outlets and organizations, including The New York Times, Scholastic Parent & Child, NPR, and Parents Magazine.
- Searchable. The CTR review database is big (13,000 entries) and easy to search. There are search filters for age, platform, “what it teaches” (by way of reviewer designated tags), and special topics. You can sort by most recent, best rated, and alphabetical order.
- Comprehensive. The database has been a personal project that started as a Masters thesis in 1984. See 10,500 Objective Reviews, At Your Fingertips.
There’s been a recent explosion in commercial children’s digital content, mostly in the form of apps. That’s why you need CTR. I hope you’ll consider joining our family of subscribers with our subscription form. We’ll take good care of you.
Warren Buckleitner, Ph.D., Editor
Children’s Technology Review
* While we’ve worked with both the New York Times and Consumers Union on past projects, CTR has no formal association.
WHAT DO YOU GET FOR “FREE?” While most of CTR’s content is reserved for paid subscribers, the online review database is fully searchable for all users. We post review excerpts and link to our video reviews on YouTube, which are monetized by Google Ads (we don't choose which ads are shown).
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