Ludorum and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced the Chuggington: Be Safe! app. It’s the first official traffic safety app for parents and children. The free app should appeal to young children — especially if they are fans of the Chuggington series. The goal of the Chuggington: Be Safe! app is to help teach children important traffic safety lessons. The educational app works with Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices (iOS 4.0 or later).
The Chuggington: Be Safe! app includes a safety game, coloring pages, and safety video. But to unlock these features, your kid first has to take the safety pledge: promise to wear a helmet while riding a bike, buckle up in the car, and only cross the street with an adult.
In the safety game, your child moves a Chuggington train character (Brewster, Koko, or Wilson) around the track by answering a series of safey-related questions. The questions are really easy for adults and older children (that’s why the app is intended for preschoolers to 3rd graders). They are mostly common sense questions. Even little kids should be able to get most of the answers right.
To get the most out of the app, a parent should play the safety game with their child. Even though the questions are easy, dad or mom should explain the reasoning behind the answers. That’s actually the drawback of this app. The app features a safety pledge and saftey-related questions, but there’s nothing in the app that actually teaches children about traffic safety. Moms and dads will have to do that. At least the app gives parents a fun way for teaching their children about traffic safety. And as I mentioned earlier, the app is free.