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Handy document-sharing tool makes digital life easier.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn to use technology to work effectively and collaboratively. Some teachers introduce Dropbox to their students so they can access documents from various computers and mobile devices. With cloud-based storage increasingly popular in school and workplace settings, kids benefit from learning to manage and organize electronic files. However, there are simpler solutions for file storage and sharing, many of which offer more free space than DropboxDropbox can make work and life in the digital world more efficient, but may not be the best cloud-based solution for kids.

Ease of play

Dropbox is very easy to use and includes a "Getting Started" document to orient users in how it works.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dropbox is a tool for storing, organizing, and sharing information -- documents, links, photos, and more -- which can then be accessed from multiple devices. While there is no questionable content with the tool itself, teens could certainly share (or receive) inappropriate information.

What's it about?

Teens can set up a free account on DROPBOX, either online or on their device, and then link their computer and devices to the account. They can save files to Dropbox and access them online from any computer or any of their mobile devices. Teens can sync and save photos from phones or tablets to Dropbox folders. Deleted files can still be viewed, which is an important feature to ensure data integrity when multiple people are accessing documents, but it does mean that teens need to be extra cautious with what they share.

Is it any good?


Dropbox is one of those technology tools that, once you start using it, you can't imagine life without it. The Terms of Service clearly outlines that documents uploaded belong to the account holder and are safe. Teens can save projects or papers to Dropbox and work on them at home (or either home for kids who live in dual-households), at school, or remotely. Parents could also use Dropbox to keep a portfolio of their kids' work.

Families can talk about...

  • Use Dropbox with your kids to save and share electronic files like photos or videos from a recent family event. Kids will benefit from seeing how you organize folders and can experiment with their own organizational systems.

  • Show your kids how they can recover files if accidentally deleted from Dropbox.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows
Skills:Collaboration: group projects
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:March 6, 2013
Size:13.20 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android varies with device

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Kid, 10 years old July 19, 2013

Good use for space!

Good for sharing documents! I needed space on my tablet so I downloaded this and put my pictures and word files on it. A great thing is that you can share your files with friends and have them on all of your devices! Everything is all in your account and you can sign up and just use it on your computer! It isn't just an app.
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Educator and Parent Written byHublova March 4, 2016