Tech for you during Covid lockdown

It is true that we are not in the frontline like the brave professional doctors, medical officers, police/military officers or any volunteer fighting covid-19 pandemic. We can just stay at home and hope that they will do their job as perfectly as they can. With that we must not forget to pray to Allah to get us all out of this calamity.

Since we got locked down at home, tech giants started expanding their services due to increasing online meetings and collaborations among colleagues and family members. Most companies announced their support and effort to keep people at home by promising the expansion of service and/or making many technologies available for free or for a significant discount.

Hence, everyone kept on throwing lists of techs that would be helpful to keep social distance during the Covid-19 time.

This is my contribution to help the same cause.

For Everyone:

The Sealed Nectar – Biography of the Noble Prophet (ﷺ) by Safiur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri. A soft copy of the book as well as complete audiobook arranged in chapter-wise has been released for everyone for completely free. Click here to download the book and its audiobook for free.

SCRIBD also has a huge collection of books, audiobooks, magazines, documents and snapshots. Snapshots will give you a deep understanding of books in a matter of minutes. The collection includes the book mentioned above too. All you have to do is subscribe for $0.00 and that’s it. But keep in mind to cancel the subscription within 60 days. If not, it will charge for the upcoming month automatically. Click here to get it for free for 60 days.

Google Earth is one of the best tools for adventurers. You can take virtual tours to numerous parts of the globe with Google Earth. It renders a 3D representation of Earth and places. Click here to experience mysterious locations on the Earth.

The Deep Sea is a website in which you can scroll down to 10924 meters deep into the sea. To learn about a lot of species that survive in unimaginable environments go to The Deep Sea.

For Kids:

Khan Academy Kids is a free yet a huge collection of interactive books and activities designed in a child-friendly way. The app is brought to you by Duck Duck Moose and Khan Academy team in partnership with the Stanford Graduate School of Education. You can get it for Android and Apple.

One4Kids is an amazing animation company that keeps producing educational entertainment for kids all over the world. Kids really enjoy their cartoons. They have a YouTube channel and a TV Channel. You can watch the TV Channel from iPhone, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Roku, FireTV for free for two weeks.

Islamweb Kids gives you very creative informational videos on Quran, Stories of the Prophets, Great Peoples of Islam, Good Morals and many more. The best part is, it is free to download to watch later. Click here to educate your kids with fun and engagement.

DiscoverIslamUK is dedicated to educating people about the true message of Islam and promoting a better understanding of the religion by clearing misconceptions. Click here to view their YouTube channel or go to their website to learn more.

Sesame Street is a website where you can find fun and educative games for your little ones. It also provides an art column where kids will be able to paint and color with lots of fun. Click here to jump to the website and start exploring.

Bedtime Math is a great way for families with kids aged 3-9 to have fun with math together which has been shown to have long-term effects on children’s math skills. Click here to read more about it. You can also download the app for iPhone/iPad or Android.

PBS Kids can be a rich tool to explore fun and educational activities for the whole family. Click here and start exploring.

Kiddle is a search engine for kids powered by Google Custom Search. It is an encyclopedia ensuring safety for little children. Click here to search via Kiddle.

For Developers:

Font Awesome is giving away an icon set for free to help drive awareness on how to prevent and fight the COVID-19 virus. You will find symbols to communicate good hygiene and social distancing. You can use it to spread awareness regarding covid-19. Click here for the covid-19 icon set.

Postman created a web page displaying API resources including a list of API collections that can help in the COVID-19 fight. You can use their API Resource Centre page to get enough APIs to create awesome apps instantly inshaAllah.

Screen Time Recommendation:

Home lockdown might give us a lot of free time, which might lead to increase in screen time. Too much screen time can harm the amount and quality of sleep. It can also make you and your mind lazy. This is true, especially for our children.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a set of screen time recommendations.

AgeMaximum Recommended Screen Time
0-18 MonthsAvoid the use of screen media other than video-chatting.
18-24 MonthsIf parents want to introduce digital media, they should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they’re seeing.
2-5 YearsLimit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
6+ YearsPlace consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure the media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.

AAP also recommends designating media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.

I want to share some very wise words I have come across in an article by Rebecca Dore. She says: rather than handing over the remote or the iPad, parents can help young children by choosing media that’s worthwhile.

Along with that, it is very important to sit with your child, pause the video in between every single scenario, and discuss with the child what happened in the scenario.

This lockdown can be a great loss for the economy. However, there are both sides of the coin and this is a chance for us to be productive and spend some quality time with our family.

Let’s use our time wisely.

Thanks 🙂

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