In the last four years, the number of children’s apps has far outnumbered our ability to provide comprehensive coverage. In determining how to spread our attention, we consider the following factors:
- Suggestions from readers. We tune into our subscribers and take requests.
- "Consumer Risk" – a free product is less likely to be reviewed, simply because you can give it a test to see for yourself. That’s not to say we don’t review all “free” products. We do consider children’s time in this formula. A product with popular characters does increase the chances we’ll have a look.
- Lack of PR resources. We especially look for promising products that might fly under the radar of other review services.
- The first of a series. We try to “nip it in the bud” to point out common errors for a planned series. Perhaps the creator can make changes.
- Newsworthiness. We’ll have a quick look, but determine it doesn’t merit the review time because it lacks something we call “newsworthiness.” For example, if an app is the second or third in a series, and the design doesn’t vary from others, we’ll make a note of the new product in the start of the original product with a date stamp, and move on.
- Does it fill the curriculum grid? We’re always looking for interactive products with learning value; worthy of classroom time and resources.
Products submitted to CTR are also automatically considered for one of two prizes; however YOU MUST USE THE CONTEST ENTRY FORM (we’re just one vote of many).
The annual KAPi Awards, to be given at the Kids at Play Summit in Las Vegas, NV during the first day of the International Consumer Electronics Show. Here’s how the award program works.
In an effort to identify innovation and excellence in the design of children’s interactive media, CTR Editor Warren Buckleitner and the attendees of the Dust or Magic institute will create a list of nominees, following the three days of testing and live demonstrations that are the normal part of the Institute. The attendees help create the list. During the Kids at Play Institute event, the winners will be selected during the lunch. To be eligible for an award, a product must have the following:
- Prior year’s copyright date. This includes a significant upgrade to an existing product. Minor changes to an existing product are not eligible.
- Designed for ages birth to 15.
- Child appropriate content (EC, E or T rated ESRB content).
- Any form of interactive content can be considered. Non interactive (e.g., video content) is not considered.
First week of December — Deadline for submitting products for KAPi Consideration, although please check with the formal site.
First week of January — Award winners and finalists announced in public.