A company is using technology to help lead kids away from screens and encourage outside play. The trick: mobile games on apps. Canada-based developer Biba Ventures puts the phone in the parents’ hands and requires the parent to tell the children what to do for the game – run around to interact with different characters, race across monkey bars or crawl through a tunnel to find a treasure, for example. Biba has several apps with different themes such as dinosaur digs, relay races, team games, and obstacle courses.
Children must be active for at least 80 percent of the game, according to Biba. The apps can also be used on playgrounds without the markers and are designed for children ages 3 to 9. They can be downloaded for free through both iTunes and Google Play.