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Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media
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Simulated social network teaches savvy online sharing.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to make responsible choices about online sharing with this simulated social network. As they attempt to gain more friends in BeSeen, teens can learn ways to stand up to bullying, make wise decisions, protect their reputations, and be role models for their peers. The app covers a range of online safety concerns including privacy settings, photo sharing, posting location information, and inappropriate attention from strangers. BeSeen is a fun way for tweens and teens to learn how to be safe and responsible online.

Ease of Play

The simulation runs smoothly, and kids will quickly learn to navigate the game, despite the menus being a bit clunky. Kids can create a profile by selecting a cartoon image and typing in their interests and activities. Subsequently, all text is provided by the game in a multiple-choice format. While some of the choices are rather obvious, some are more nuanced. The game can run at normal speed or at double or triple speed. Playing more than once is generally necessary in order to win all the awards, but doing so requires creating a new profile and shows only minimal variation. A cipher game, where kids must select three out of six characters and put them in the correct order left to right, shows no variation in difficulty.


Several challenges reference sexual activity, such as kids discussing a topless photo circulating around school, but the photo is not shown. In the "protected from predator" challenge, kids can choose whether to share a photo of themselves in a somewhat scanty Halloween costume, which draws the attention of a new friend who asks for more "sexy photos" and suggests meeting for a date. (This is quickly shot down by the player's mom.)


Some kids use negative language and consistently insult and bully one another, but swear words are not used, and this negative tone is discouraged by the game's challenges.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A photo shows kids drinking beer at a party, which later leads to trouble with one of the kid's college applications. The photo sharing is thus discouraged, but the drinking itself is not addressed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that BeSeen is an innovative simulation of a high school's social network that teaches kids about being safe and responsible online. Players create a profile with a gender and class year, then progress through one year of school. Players read posts by other characters and choose from options to make status updates and respond to other characters. The choices revolve around social media challenges, such as sharing locations, photos, and gossip. Choosing the better option often is rewarded with a new friend or a award like "drinking drama diverted" or "sexting scandal salved." Missed opportunities for awards are also shown, and some situations show long-term, rather than immediate consequences. The player's mom is automatically added as a friend, and she occasionally provides feedback on the player's choices. The site deals with mature issues, such as child pornography laws, bullying, and sexual predators, but the photos and language are not explicit. Kids can share their progress on Facebook, but this is optional.

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Teen, 15 years old Written bypokemonsuperfan27 January 2, 2013


This game is amazing. I know the primary focus is teaching safety but it plays great. The varying storylines are pretty cool but foes get repetitive. It seem... Continue reading

What's it about?

In this simulation of a social network, teens first choose an avatar and set up a profile with some basic information. Menu options include dashboard, profile, friends list, inbox, awards, and a game. On the dashboard, teens are prompted to interact with friends by updating their status, commenting on a friend's status, or responding to a message. Teens must choose between three options, each displaying a different degree of online safety and responsibility. Teens are rewarded with new friends and awards for making safe and responsible choices.

Is it any good?

BESEEN is an important app and admirable in many respects. The challenges about how to respond to a friend's post are often relatively nuanced, and the length of the simulation allows kids to understand the short- and long-term impacts of their choices. The simulation does a decent job of capturing the personalities and drama of high school, with diverse characters and interests. Still, kids may feel that the clunky menus and the cheesy language make this app seem childish and repetitive, particularly when playing the game more than once. A few terms are conflated, such as characters describing sexting as online sharing, which makes the app seem out of touch. This impression is reinforced by the unchallenging and tedious cipher game. Despite these small flaws, the app (with support from teachers and parents) has a lot of potential to teach kids about navigating tricky social media situations that face high schoolers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Talk to your kids about cyberbullying. Help them understand ways to prevent it and protect themselves. See Stand Up to Cyberbullying for conversation starters and tips.

  • Discuss with your kids what's safe and what's not safe to post in online social networks, and why it's a good idea to set privacy settings to "friends only."

App details

  • Device: Android
  • Skills: Emotional Development: empathy, self-awareness
    Communication: conveying messages effectively, friendship building
    Responsibility & Ethics: learning from consequences, making wise decisions, respect for others
    Tech Skills: social media, using and applying technology
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: December 15, 2011
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 14.80 MB
  • Publisher: Web Wise Kids, Inc.
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: Android 2.2 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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