Top parenting apps
Need a last minute activity idea to keep your child engaged and excited? There's an app for that!
We've got you covered these school holidays with 15 popular - and free - mobile apps to support you and your child's mental and emotional wellbeing.
Apps for you
This US-developed app is designed to help parents of children aged 2-10, with strategies to deal with difficult behaviour and methods of strengthening your parental bond.
Child 360 app
This app is designed to assist you in supporting your child’s emotional and social wellbeing, with suggestions on how you can build their resilience.
Day by Day
Available on Google Play.
Developed by the Victorian State Government, this app includes a collection of fun activities that you can do with your child around the home.
Aimed at parents of children aged 1 to 12, Family5 has educational activities for you and your child to try together, as well as tips for developing positive parenting habits.
This app is designed to help you with some of the tricky issues that parents face, including disciplining your child and dealing with picky eaters. It includes some paid content.
This app helps you support your child’s learning, from preschool all the way through to adulthood. It has been developed by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.
PBS Parents Play & Learn
This US-developed app comes with ideas for games you can play with your child.
Apps for your child
Developed by the ABC and aimed at younger children, the ABC kids app has material to entertain and educate your child.
This app has a huge range of activity-based videos encouraging your child to move, dance and stretch.
Khan Academy Kids
This app offers a broad selection of lessons on reading, language, writing and maths, as well as many other topics.
This Australian kids radio station plays family-friendly music, stories and lullabies - and it has some parenting tips for grown-ups too.
This app uses the camera on your child’s phone to scan a maths problem and offer up ideas for solving, with the working shown in steps.
Available on the App Store.
Swift Playgrounds will introduce your child to the basics of coding and will allow them to experiment as they learn. Suitable for children ages 12 and above.
The Robot Factory
Available on the App Store.
Let your child’s imagination run wild while they create robots and develop their creativity and problem-solving skills.
Youth Beyond Blue
This app is designed to help teenagers talk to friends that they think might be struggling.
By the way, not all the apps on this list will suit all parents’ needs, and you are in the best position to decide what advice and support will work best for you and your family.