App review by
Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media
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Create snazzy images in seconds with cool design tool.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn some basic skills for combining and editing images to create attractive graphic designs. They can also practice integrating short-form text with visual images. If they use the tutorials and lessons on the developer's website, kids can learn more in-depth graphic-design principles and techniques. Though it's mostly a creation tool, Canva - Graphic Design & Photo Editing definitely has its eye on learning potential because of its helpful tutorial and online resources.

Ease of Play

Users get a detailed, self-paced introduction to the tool's features, and that's key to using those features well.


A lot of the templates are geared toward advertising products or events, but none is specific or especially real-sounding; mostly, they're examples of designs you might create. Mixture of free and paid content, but you only have to pay upon downloading.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Canva - Graphic Design & Photo Editing is a cloud-based graphic design tool for the Web and for iPad. As per the terms of service, users are supposed to be over 13 partly because the app is designed to easily share users' creations via social media; if teens search for iffy images, they will find some, though nothing graphic. It has a combination of free and paid content, but if users choose elements that cost money, they only need to submit payment information if they want to download their work without watermarks. If teens connect through social media accounts, the app can collect all their profile information, but they can also create an account. Though users retain rights to their content, the developers can edit and use anything created with the app. Check out the privacy policy to find out more.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBolt244 August 2, 2020


first. why age ratting! why! that makes NO sense! YOU CREATE AWESOME DESIGNS! there's no violence or anything. anyway AWESOME! Best design website ever! Ma... Continue reading
Adult Written byTee Z. June 18, 2017

Has gone downhill

The saved images are no longer to the same quality as it looks on the site. Once downloaded the images and text become fuzzy.
Teen, 16 years old Written bySabrinaDavis March 31, 2021
I use it all of the time.
Teen, 13 years old Written byhey_girl November 24, 2020

Really simple but...

you have to pay for it but it's a lot of things you can do without having to pay for it. You can even put music and move the slideshow but you cant put man... Continue reading

What's it about?

CANVA - GRAPHIC DESIGN AND PHOTO EDITING is a graphic-design tool for the Web and for the iOS. Users create an account (with an email address or by linking a Google or Facebook account), and a tutorial walks teens through the features. Users can upload their own images and create their own layouts or choose from a selection of thousands of built-in images and design templates. Features abound: You can adjust brightness and contrast, resize images, overlay images with text and colors, and more. Once users have finished creating, their designs are automatically saved to the cloud and they're accessible from the user's homepage in the app or on the website. Users can then export their creations via email, as a Facebook post, or via Twitter, and they can download the image as a JPG, PNG, or PDF file. If they've chosen paid content, which is indicated by an icon in the corner of the image, teens will need to pay if they want to download creations without watermarks.

Is it any good?

Overall, the flexible features for creation and for export make this a slick tool for even the most novice designer: Just make sure to set expectations about buying and sharing. More advanced users might be torn: Of course, this tool doesn't have as many features or as much flexibility as Photoshop or Illustrator, and users won't get in-depth instruction about principles of what makes good design. Instead, it's a great way to make something that looks good fast. Those who want more can look to the developer's website, which has some great teaching resources that offer greater detail and greater design guidance. Because the templates and sharing capabilities are all about social media, it's a good opportunity to talk to teens about what's OK to share and talk about whether they're allowed to spend money on paid content and how much. One annoyance: Sometimes the slide-over window of design options retracts when you touch the screen, so you have to open it over and over again. Once this glitch is fixed, the experience will be seamless.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their rules and expectations for sharing images online. What would be OK to create and share? What wouldn't be OK?

  • Talk about how templates can help you make your own creations. What does it mean to be creative? How can tools like this help you be creative?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
  • Subjects: Arts: drawing
  • Skills: Creativity: innovation, making new creations, producing new content
    Self-Direction: initiative
    Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Price: Free with in-app purchases
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free (Free to download and use, but there are in-app purchases including a $12.99 per month or 119.99 per year "Canva Pro" subscription.)
  • Release date: April 21, 2015
  • Category: Productivity
  • Topics: Arts and Dance
  • Size: 311.00 MB
  • Publisher: Canva Pty Ltd.
  • Version: 3.89.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 12.0 or later, Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: February 12, 2021

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For kids who love digital creation and creativity

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