VTech‘s new app for the InnoTab 3S (for kids ages 3 to 9), VTech Kid Connect, lets kids emulate the way that their parents are connecting and using their tablet devices. With VTech Kid Connect, kids can use their InnoTab 3S to send text messages and animated stickers to parents’ smartphones or tablets. In return, parents can send text messages and stickers to their child’s InnoTab 3S. It gives them a chance to be a part of the text messaging trend, but from a kid-safe, kid-friendly tablet that ensures their safety.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. The new VTech Premium Kid Connect app with enhanced features brings families even closer together, letting kids and parents send voice messages, photos, and drawings to each other, in addition to text messages and animated stickers. VTech Premium Kid Connect helps alleviate anxiety parents may have while away from their kids, by keeping parents connected when apart, whether they are at daycare, a neighbor’s house, or across the country visiting grandparents.

The Premium Kid Connect app is available as a paid download through VTech’s Learning Lodge app store, home to more than 600 titles of educator-approved downloadable content and curriculum for purchase. It is part of the Deluxe Apps Package, which also includes the Movie Maker app, a fun and exciting stop-motion animation app that lets kids become movie directors. The InnoTab 3S has a lot of great educational and creativity-inspired apps that will keep kids digitally connected while learning, but both of the Kid Connect apps introduce them to an even bigger interactive social community.

These apps are great for letting kids safely be a part of a very social world. It also allows them to interact with friends and family at all times? On a business trip across the world! No problem—you’ll still be able to exchange messages with your kids, right to their InnoTab 3S. With the cool features on VTech Kid Connect, Premium Kid Connect, and the InnoTab 3S, you’ll find your little ones grabbing with their sticky fingers less and less for that iPad of yours!

For our review of the InnoTab 3S, click here!