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10 Tips To Buying Children's Software
and Alison Elliott, authors of The Computer Museum Guide to the Best Software
for Kids, offer these 10 tips for buying children's software.
Before you go
Know the exact
capabilities of your computer system. Write down the details so you can
compare them to specifications on software packages.
titles that match your child's interests, age, school needs and learning
style. Use an independent resource likeThe Computer Museum Guide to the
Best Software for Kids to get the kind of information you need to meet
the needs of your individual kids.
before you go shopping. Don't expect help at the store. Sales people know
what software sells but they don't evaluate titles for educational quality
At the store:
Buy two titles
at a time, at most. Build your library carefully over time.
Read the fine
print on the package. Check your notes to make sure your computer meets
the program requirements.
Learn the store's
return policy. Choose retailers that will let you return a CD-ROM if it
does not live up to expectations held by you or your child.
with software before you show it to your children, and be around when they
first use it to make sure they figure it out.
Put away some
programs for a month, once in a while. Your kids will approach software
with a fresh perspective when you re-introduce it.
Join your child
at the computer. Your participation as her audience or partner is more
important than any program.
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