Caillou Check Up - Doctor's Office

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Positive app lets kids role play a sometimes-scary event.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn what to expect at a doctor's checkup. They'll feel more in control of a sometimes anxiety-inducing experience by playing the role of the doctor in Caillou's exam. They'll learn the different tools doctors use, including the names for some, like stethoscope, and they'll learn a bit about their body parts, like the ear drum, lungs, and heart. Some basic preschool skills are integrated into play, as well. Kids drag letters onto the eye chart, hearing each letter's name as they drag it into place, and several activities include counting or counting down. Caillou's Check Up - Doctor's Office is a fun role-play experience that can help kids build social and emotional skills as well as early literacy skills.

Ease of Play

Clear on-screen guidance shows preschoolers what to do. All instructions are given verbally.

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Sexy Stuff

A logo on the start screen links to other app, and the parent section includes a list of other apps. Both are protected behind a kid-lock screen that requires entering an adult's birthday. Though the app is a free download, unlocking all the features requires a $5.99 in app purchase. Caillou is a commercial character and part of a franchise of products and content.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Caillou Check Up - Doctor's Office features the PBS show character on a well-check at the doctor's office. The free app includes a weight and height check, eye exam with a peripheral vision check and eye chart exam, and looking in Caillou's throat. A $5.99 in-app purchase unlocks all of the content including taking temperature, checking ears, bandaging wounds, listening with a stethoscope, taking blood pressure, checking reflexes, and getting a shot. Purchases are blocked by a gate that requires entering a parent's birthdate. Every interaction is positive and interactive to put kids at ease when visiting the doctor. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

CAILLOU'S CHECK UP - DOCTOR'S OFFICE brings playing doctor to the touch screen. Kids drag doctor tools into place for each step of the check-up. Each part of the visit is highly interactive. Kids will actually say "AHHH" while holding the tongue depressor in place to look at Caillou's tonsils. They'll drag the letters into place on the eye chart and clean the dirt off Caillou's arm before giving him a shot. The paid segments include some medical information, too, like identifying the ear drum and the different organs the doctor listens to with the stethoscope.

Is it any good?

Each activity is highly interactive, so kids will feel empowered. They'll get to choose which bandage to put on Caillou's wound and again after his shot, and they get to use the doctor's tools. The whole experience is very positive, so it'd be a great activity to prepare kids for what to expect at the doctor's office. There's no commentary from Caillou about how anything feels except for the blood pressure cuff; he says "that felt funny." Kids are able to see all of the locked content when playing the free version and hear "To play that activity, you'll need to unlock the full check up" when they try to play it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Use Caillou's Check Up - Doctor's Office to prepare kids for what to expect at a well-check with the pediatrician.

  • Make connections to past doctor visits kids have experienced. Ask "Do you remember when Dr. Smith took your temperature?"

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