Caribu: Family Video Calls

App review by Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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age 4+

Read books or play games face-to-face, even when far apart.

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age 2+

Simultaneously see your loved one AND read the story / play the game. :)

Unlike many screen-based activities - Caribu allows kids to play a game AT THE SAME TIME as they are looking at their friend / family member far away. So - they are coloring on the same page as a person AS WELL AS talking and interacting with the video image of the loved one. Next to being in person - this is as good as it gets. The stories are pre-loaded, and the activities are pre-loaded as well. Because there is a wide range of books, I "favorite" the books and games that I have "pre-approved" for her to play with Grandma / Aunt s / Uncles / Friends. My DD knows to select from the "hearts," since some books are "for when she's older" or because they are books that "look cool - but I want to do that one with you first so we can chat about it." My selections omit things based on values / her developmental level / or just simply that I don't want a well-meaning uncle to read a book I know that she would get frightened by just before bedtime, lol! How this method is implemented (or not) will be individual to each family and kid of course - but I found it to be a great work around. I If you have decided that screen time is okay for your child - this is a great option. To me - apps and games are far better than pure passive movie time, and having someone interact with my child during the activity is even better. The negatives are that it can have spotty connection at times ( I assume it is growing pains) and that you are not able to upload your preferred books like you can on the similar Together App. That said - the price is better than Together. Definitely worth a try!

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Easy to play/use
age 5+

Only 2 players can play

I am a grandmother and wanted to interact and play games online with both my grandsons at the same time but it's not possible. Also Most games are for very young players

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, naming, phonics, reading, storytelling
  • Skills: Communication: listening, speaking, Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Free (access to additional features $9.99/mo.)
  • Release date: July 11, 2018
  • Category: Books
  • Publisher: Caribu
  • Version: 3.8.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: July 16, 2021

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