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What's it about?
EKO - YOU CONTROL THE STORY is a platform that offers a collection of interactive videos. There are a variety of options, representing different interests. "Wizard School Dropout" narrates the story of a wizard trying to make it in the real world. "The Coop" is a reality TV-type murder mystery. "Clothes Call" highlight sstyling and fashion. "Cook Together" delivers cooking lessons and recipes. The interactive component, which asks viewers questions and gives them different options to tap on, gives viewers control of how the storyline unfolds. Depending on viewer input, the same episode can be different the second time around. The app offers the option to download episodes for offline viewing. It's free, but content includes embedded advertisements for products and services.
Is it any good?
This interactive experience gives viewers some control over the storyline of the series, making for an engaging and interesting experience appropriate for teens and adults. The app offers high-quality content, and the interactive component works seamlessly. There's no weird wait time or choppiness. It's super easy to navigate and a fun alternative to watching shows on TV or online. The collection of series has variety, so kids will likely find something that sparks their interest. Some of the series are for pure entertainment, while others encourage creativity, trying new projects, recipes, or activities by following interactive tutorials. Content may include suggestive or violent themes and frequent use of curse words, making it more appropriate for a mature audience. Overall, eko – You Control The Story is a fun, interactive video app that offers excellent quality content and hours of entertainment as long as you're aware of the embedded ads and mature content.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about healthy habits related to watching videos and time spent online when using eko – You Control The Story. Discuss family expectations for time spent online and video criteria. Since this app makes purchasing products simple by providing direct links, it’s also worthwhile to discuss the impact of advertisement and set family expectations.
Discuss how videos often promote or model certain values and behavior. Have discussions to help kids become more aware of messaging and help them distinguish between behaviors that are worthy of emulating and behaviors that aren't.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Hobbies: building, cooking, fashion
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
Health & Fitness: balanced diet, exercise, fitness
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: December 6, 2019
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: Cooking and Baking, High School
- Size: 57.80 MB
- Publisher: JBF Interlude Ltd.
- Version: 1.16.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 7.0 and up
- Last updated: February 13, 2020
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