While it's important to limit screen time, educational apps can help your child develop a variety of skills – from numeracy, literacy, hand-eye coordination, colour recognition, first words and more.

For safe screen time with your little one, follow these golden rules:

  • Try the apps you download before giving them to your child.
  • Play the game or app with her at first.
  • Set a timer to limit screen time.
  • Choose apps to boost development.
  • If your child uses an app by herself talk to her about it afterwards.
  • Relate what she sees on screen to the real world, explaining any differences.

See 10 awesome (free!) apps for one year olds in the gallery below …

Educational apps can help boost your child's development. (Image: Getty Images.)

10 awesome (free!) apps for one year olds