Beat Bugs: Sing-Along

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Fun, interactive karaoke introduces kids to the Beatles.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice reading along as the Beat Bugs sing and the lyrics appear on-screen. There's also room for creativity as kids sing and create their own videos from the objects on-screen.

Ease of Play

Although there's no tutorial for kids, a "How to Use" guide is available in the parent's section. Kids who are familiar with control basics (play, pause, record) should be able to dive right in. The singing prompts don't always appear quickly enough to read them before you need to start singing. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Beat Bugs: Sing-Along is a karaoke-style app based on the Beat Bugs TV show for kids. The music is from the Beatles' library, sung by the Beat Bugs characters, and includes four songs: "Penny Lane," "Yellow Submarine," "Ticket to Ride," and "All You Need Is Love." Kids will either need to be familiar with the lyrics or be able to read to sing along, but there are plenty of interactive elements to control for kids who aren't singing. The directions for using the app appear in the parent's section, which is behind a birth-year parent gate. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

BEAT BUGS: SING-ALONG is an interactive karaoke experience. Kids choose one of four classic Beatles songs, each of which is sung by the Beat Bugs characters. Kids can sing along with the characters, interacting with them and the background. Once they're ready, they'll hit the "record" button and make their own version, this time incorporating the interactive elements into their video. There are hot spots to tap and items to move around. Kids can also zoom in, move back and forth through the scene, or tilt the device to impact on-screen objects. When finished, they'll name their song and can replay it as often as they'd like. Each of the songs can have multiple recordings.

Is it any good?

Kids who are budding Beatles or karaoke fans will enjoy being able to create their own videos with classic songs. Beat Bugs: Sing-Along is a cute way to enjoy music between generations and to start kids on the path to creating their own content. The lyrics aren't exactly early-reader friendly, and the app tends to move along quickly, skipping to new lines of text rather than scrolling, which makes it challenging for slower readers to keep up. Some players would benefit from hearing the Beat Bugs' voices when recording instead of being forced to sing solo. The interactive elements are a fun touch and will engage younger players who may not be ready for the full sing-along experience. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about music in general and the songs in Beat Bugs: Sing-Along. What are your favorite songs? Create a family band where you sing along to your family's favorite tunes. 

  • Encourage your kids to make music of their own, even using household items like pots and pans. What else can you use? What makes cool sounds?

  • Talk to your kids about screen use and limits. How can kids enjoy digital media in balance with other activities?

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