Dropbox

Common Sense Media says

Handy document-sharing tool makes digital life easier.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

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

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
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Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids' information is safe, according to the Terms of Service, but once they publish and share information, it is accessible permanently by anyone with access to the shared folders. Even once the data is deleted, it can be recovered. Teens should be reminded to think carefully before they share or save documents online using any service.

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 kids can learn

Skills

Collaboration

  • group projects

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The interface may be challenging for kids, making it a less attractive option for cloud-based storage and file sharing. But once they get the hang of it, students might appreciate this organizational tool.

Learning Approach

As a productivity and collaboration tool, Dropbox helps kids learn how cloud-based storage works across devices. Kids can also develop basic organizational skills to serve them in future academic and job-related settings.

Support

Dropbox is easy to use, and the developer offers video tutorials as well as ideas for use on its website.

What kids can learn

Skills

Collaboration

  • group projects

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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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?

QUALITY
 

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
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:March 6, 2013
Category:Productivity
Size:13.20 MB
Publisher:Dropbox
Version:2.1.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android varies with device

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old July 19, 2013
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QUALITY
 

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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Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

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