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Cocoon - A Space for Family

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Social media sharing for close-knit groups and families.

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Not intended for learning, but families can model good social media etiquette in a somewhat protected environment to help teens better navigate social media outside of the cocoon, so to speak.

Ease of Play

Extensive FAQ and tutorial complement user-friendly, intuitive design.

Violence

In a small, family setting, the likelihood of violent content being posted is similar to violent sibling encounters in the backseat.

Sex

There's potential for sexual posts, but the group is close-knit by design, so parents could handle inappropriate content face-to-face with the poster.

Language

Families will want to set their own guidelines for appropriate language for their group.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cocoon - A Space for Family is a micro-social-media platform for a small group -- up to six -- members. Family or friends need a code to join a cocoon and can join only one. A phone number is required when creating an account. The terms of service specify users should be 16, as the service is targeted for extended families of adults, but kids could definitely use it safely with supervision. Families could use it to share updates throughout their day, including location data, but users have control over the level of location they share -- from specific location to city-level or not at all. Push notifications are noninvasive (no sound or vibration), intended to be noticed when you naturally pick up your phone. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your kid's 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?

Cocoon - A Space for Family is a social media platform for a small group -- up to six people on iOS devices. Within your cocoon, you can share photos and status updates just as you do on broader social media platforms. Since this is a smaller, more intimate group -- likely family -- you may elect to share more personal information like your location, including real-time changes, and daily steps. Push notifications are silent, so they won't interrupt your day but can be viewed whenever you pick up your phone. Location data can be specific or city-level or turned off.

Is it any good?

Created by former Facebook employees, this micro-social-media platform allows families or small groups to easily share information in a controlled environment. At the time of review, it's missing a few necessities, like an Android version and the option to join multiple cocoons. Users have the option to share location data, which could get overwhelming, especially for kids seeing all of their parents' comings and goings, though some parents would likely want to see that information for their kids. All of that can be controlled in settings. Group size is limited to six, too, which is great for most immediate families but makes extended family groups impossible. With a few more features, this app could be an awesome all-in-one app for families rather than piecemeal group text and location-tracking software.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can use Cocoon - A Space for Family to share location and news throughout the day. Use the information shared to enhance conversation face-to-face rather than eliminate it.

  • Take advantage of the small, family-focused group to model appropriate social media conversations through comments. Discuss how tone can't be read in a text and how messages can be received in different ways.

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