DIY - Skills For Kids

Common Sense Media says

Kids learn, share, and build skills on excellent social app.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

There's a lot of content and many options for finding, viewing, and uploading it, as well as for commenting, asking questions, and reviewing what others say about your own projects. Still, DIY - Get skills. Be awesome. makes it quite easy to explore and find what you're interested in, as well as post and organize your own stuff.

Violence
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Sex
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Consumerism

While this app and its related website are currently free, they will eventually offer premium features for a fee, as well as embroidered patches for the completed skills.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

When kids register for an account on the app or website, they need parent approval (sent by DIY via email to parents). Kids can choose a random username or make up their own and a non-human avatar to represent themselves. Still, kids can post videos and photos of themselves with their projects, so parents should review Internet Safety rules with kids who want to post on DIY. DIY's app and website terms and privacy policies can be found on its website.  

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that DIY -- Skills for Kids. is the companion app of the website DIY. The website and app are intended for tweens and teens who want to learn new DIY skills and create and share their own DIY projects. DIY the app makes it easier for kids to take images and post them on the site, which is central to full participation in the DIY community. Kids who post three projects in any area of unique skill -- from biologist to backyard farmer, Minecraft block builder to woodworker -- earn a scouting-like patch that is posted at the top of their account page. Or kids can just search for or browse interesting projects, large and small, such as a duct-tape wallet or making a pond in the backyard. Parents receive notices from DIY about anything their kids have posted to the site, and the general vibe of the DIY online community is supportive, creative, and personal without being too much so. The website and app work together to form a unique DIY skills community geared toward kids.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others
  • discussion
  • following directions

Science

  • engineering

Hobbies

  • building
  • cooking
  • fashion
  • gardening

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • asking questions
  • decision-making
  • applying information
  • problem solving

Creativity

  • innovation
  • brainstorming
  • making new creations
  • producing new content
  • combining knowledge

Self-Direction

  • initiative
  • achieving goals
  • work to achieve goals

Communication

  • asking questions
  • presenting
  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • social media
  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Highly engaging. Because many of these eclectic skill groups for which kids can earn patches are open-ended and leave lots of room for creativity, the focus of this app remains on fostering kids' creativity and positive information sharing.

Learning Approach

Kids tailor the experience to their own interests as they view projects of other DIY users and decide which ones to try. They can also post their own projects and get feedback and questions from other users.

Support

The app and site offer many options for assistance. Kids collect data on the projects they've done, as well as the number of people who have commented on and "liked" their projects. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others
  • discussion
  • following directions

Science

  • engineering

Hobbies

  • building
  • cooking
  • fashion
  • gardening

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • asking questions
  • decision-making
  • applying information
  • problem solving

Creativity

  • innovation
  • brainstorming
  • making new creations
  • producing new content
  • combining knowledge

Self-Direction

  • initiative
  • achieving goals
  • work to achieve goals

Communication

  • asking questions
  • presenting
  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • social media
  • digital creation

Kids can learn how following directions, sharing project information -- including photos and videos -- and asking questions on the go via mobile technology can combine to make DIY projects not only doable, but more creative and easier. DIY's app and website both encourage kids to embrace and build upon their natural interests and hobbies and learn new skills based on the sets of skills grouped into patches. DIY - Get skills. Be awesome. is a creative way for kids to build tech and communication skills as they share projects digitally.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Kids create an account and receive parent approval via email. Then they can start perusing the project options and potential skill groups for which they can earn patches -- block builder, cardboarder, chef, gardener, hardware hacker. As soon as they make something, they can post a photo or video. They can also comment, like, and ask questions about other users' projects. A creative, organized way to explore digital DIY culture.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

DIY - SKILLS FOR KIDS, a companion app for the DIY website, makes it much easier for kids to take photos and videos of their projects to post to the site. Optimized for iPhone 5, it doesn't look all that great on the iPad; still, it's really handy and includes all of the features found on the website. DIY kids will love the ability to share and receive feedback on their projects, earn patches, and learn from other users' projects, especially on this on-the-go app version. This is a fun website- and app-based community for kids to build skills -- some silly, some serious -- while sharing their own with others.

Families can talk about...

  • If your kid currently has a deep interest in a certain topic, search for it on DIY by keyword to see what related projects may pop up.

  • Challenge your kid to complete patches, starting with the one of most interest and building momentum from there.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:June 19, 2013
Category:Education
Size:10.20 MB
Publisher:DIY
Version:2.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
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  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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