Box

App review by
Stacy Zeiger, Common Sense Media
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Dry but effective cloud access to documents, pics, and more.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn how to organize their info and access it from virtually anywhere, building accountability and responsibility at the same time. While the overall design and function may not interest most kids, they'll see the value in keeping their documents, photos, and videos in neat, organized files that they can quickly find, print, and even present on computers and mobile devices. This makes it easier for them to keep track of schoolwork and other important files so they can stress less and focus on more important things. Box can be a handy tool for kids who want to keep track of school documents and lots more.

Ease of Play

Tutorials and hints guide users and help introduce them to the function of specific icons.

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It connects with hundreds of partner apps and encourages their use.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Box is a cloud-based storage system where users can store documents, photos, and more. It wasn't designed with kids in mind, but that doesn't mean it can't be a positive solution for creating, storing, accessing, and sharing info. It does mean, however, that pre-teens and teens may need some help getting started and some reminders about who it's okay to interact with as they share school or personal files. This includes teaching kids how to control who can access their information, as well as showing them how to keep their info organized and labeled in ways that make it easy to find again.

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What's it about?

BOX functions as a cloud-based storage system, allowing users to store photos, videos, presentations, and other documents online and access them from a variety of devices. Within the app, users have the ability to create folders and organize their content, make labels, and add comments to keep everything organized. As users upload documents to their account, they can also share those documents with others who can then download or comment on them. Comments on and access to documents may also be limited to collaborators only, helping keep information safe. While the app offers a selection of features, users may also login to their Box accounts online to access a wealth of other features, including setting up collaborations and adding or editing tags. With 10 GB of free storage for personal accounts, users can add, share, and access a lot of information.

Is it any good?

Users may not immediately realize that accessing Box solely through a mobile device limits its features -- it truly shines as a web-based tool. While short tutorials and highlighted functions guide them through the use of the app, they don't offer a lot of help once users get started. As a result, they miss many of the features Box has to offer. However, users who learn to access Box both through a computer and through their mobile devices will truly benefit from all of its features, including the ability to share documents and leave comments on them and the ability to label documents with tags to make it easier to keep them organized. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to protect private documents. Have kids write regular diary entries and store them in a password-protected folder free from the prying eyes of nosy siblings.

  • Use cloud storage to replace flash drives, giving kids one less thing to keep track of and opening up a conversation about the importance of staying organized.

  • If your kids lose their notebooks all the time, have them take photos of classroom notes and store them in the cloud so they're always accessible.

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For kids who love staying organized

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