A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
Talk to your kids 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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows
- Skills: Collaboration: group projects
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- 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
For kids who love collaborating and creating with tech
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