What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kidomatic Camera is a zany, fun camera app that allows kids to take photos of people, including themselves, (and pets, household objects, trees, and more), and then use stickers and spray paint to change the photos. Kids can add mustaches, silly glasses, bows, letters, and more to their photos. Each sticker can be sized simply by pinching or expanding it, so kids can easily fit it to the photo. It's a fun diversion, unfortunately somewhat overshadowed by the frequency of suggestions for in-app purchases of more themes (including police, holiday, and princess) and the limited options for free themes. Kidomatic can be fun as long as kids don't feel pressured to buy in-app upgrades (Note: A version of the app without in-app purchases is available for $2.99.), and as long as they're careful not to decorate another person's photo in a mean way.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
- perspective taking
Responsibility & Ethics
- respect for others
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
With this engaging app, kids can easily play with photos by placing stickers of mustaches, silly glasses, letters, and more on them. Stickers can be resized by pinching or expanding them.
This app empowers young kids to get a glimpse into photo editing as they learn in a very simple, silly way how digital technology can interact with photography.
It may be confusing to younger kids on Kidomatic that they have to purchase some themes. No tutorial or instructions are provided so kids have to figure out for themselves what the icons mean.
What's it about?
Tap on KIDOMATIC's main page to take a photo. Kids can also use a zoom, turn the camera to take a photo of themselves, or change flash options. Once the photo is taken, they wait for the image to appear and then decorate it with the stickers, spray paint, letters, frames, and more that scroll across the bottom of the screen. For more decorating choices, return to the themes and purchase others for $1.99 each. Easy to use, difficult to avoid in-app purchases.
Is it any good?
The camera is very easy to use, and many options are provided for the main themes. It's easy to fit the stickers onto the photos. Still, it may be confusing to younger kids that, even though the themes appear all together as equal choices, they have to purchase some of them. Those other themes tend to grab kids' attention, focusing them on the choices they don't have unless they purchase them, rather than on the many free options they do have.
If your child wants to share the photos, change the settings for your device's camera. Parents may want to ensure that kid's photos are appropriately in good fun before sharing; it may be a safer bet not to share photos of people who aren't in on the fun in case they don't like the stickers added to their photos. Parents may want to help kids share only photos of themselves, their own pets, and objects they've decorated.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Explain your family's guidelines about in-app purchases to your child.
Ask your child: How might you feel if someone changed a photo of you? What are some ways to share photos in a fun and fair way rather than in a mean and unexpected way?