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This App Contains...
Chat
Commenting
In App Purchases
Microtransactions
Live Streaming
Videos can be shared
Location Tracking
Geotracking
Photo Sharing
Photo sending/receiving
Stranger Danger
Interacting with strangers

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Swift Playgrounds is an app that teaches users the basics of coding with the Swift coding language. This free app is only available in the App Store for iPad devices. It is rated for users 4 years of age and older and does not feature any additional in-app purchases or advertisements.  This app is safe for kids.

About Swift Playgrounds
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Education
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What is Swift Playgrounds?

Swift Playgrounds is an app that teaches users the basics of coding with the Swift coding language. Users write code to move the character, Byte, to complete objectives in various puzzle worlds.

 

This free app is only available in the App Store for iPad devices. It is rated for users 4 years of age and older and does not feature any additional in-app purchases or advertisements.

 

Swift Playgrounds is a robust program that teaches users with no prior knowledge to code in the Swift programming language. The Swift language was created by Apple and is used in thousands of apps in the iTunes app store.

 

In Swift Playgrounds, users must program Byte, the silly animated character, to explore the various 3D levels and complete objectives, giving just enough instruction to get new coders started, but allowing space for mistakes so users can learn from experience and experimentation.

 

The program also has challenges beyond game logic, including music, chatting with the computer, and more.

 

As coders gain more experience and knowledge, the challenges become more difficult, and users can even create their own playgrounds to practice the skills they have mastered.

 

For more advanced programmers, Swift Playgrounds provides templates to create one’s own unique programs with graphics, music, touch, and chat, and also allows users to use their own photos, sounds, and files in their creations.

 

Swift Playgrounds is a place to learn code, explore programming creativity, and develop important skills in the massive world of coding. Along with the programming practice and exploration, Swift Playgrounds also allows users to record videos of their coding with voiceovers, stream a coding session, and share their creations through Messages, Mail, and AirDrop to show family and friends the programs they have created.

Is Swift Playgrounds safe for my kids?

Swift Playgrounds is safe for kids, but there are a few concerns.

The app is rated for users 4+, but is best for those who are a bit more mature in their understanding of logic, as younger kids would not be able to process the information and learn the programming.

The other main concern is the broadcasting and streaming feature, as it may not be suitable for younger coders to broadcast themselves on the internet to anyone who wants to tune in.

On the whole, the benefits outweigh the concerns. The system is built to teach, but leaves room for experimentation and failure, which gives new coders a hands on and interactive experience rather than a mere tutorial.

Coding is important in a world that is becoming ever more infused with technology. It is a vital element of any modern business and provides those who understand it with valuable insight into how our technological systems function.

Swift Playgrounds provides a space for kids to develop coding skills and potentially plants a seed that will grow into a very useful lifetime hobby or passion, which is a key benefit to those who use the app.

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