What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Everloop: Goobit is the app counterpart to the kids' social networking website Everloop, intended for kids ages 8-15. Privacy and behavior rules are clearly established when kids sign up for an account: "Be cool, be clean, be confidential," meaning no bullying, no profanity or inappropriate content, and no sharing personal information. Even though the app and website are both geared toward the needs of first-time, young social network users, no social network's safety measures and profanity filters are foolproof, so parents should use Everloop's parent account to keep tabs on their kids' activity.
What's it about?
Kids need to sign up for an Everloop account (and parents must approve) to have access to all the features on the EVERLOOP: GOOBIT app. Then they can join Loops (such as music, movies, or sports groups), post comments, videos, photos, and send Goobs (virtual practical jokes) to their friends. The Goobs, such as whoopee cushions or food throwing, are delivered to their friends' mobile devices screen when they login to their Everloop: Goobit account. Some features and games require purchasing Evercredits with real money via credit card.
Is it any good?
Everloop: Goobit bills itself as "the first social app only for kids," and it goes to great lengths to outline appropriate online behavior when kids sign up for an account. Kids would benefit from more reinforcement of these guidelines throughout the app now and again, as it can take a while for the ideas to sink in and become part of the culture of a social network.
At the time of this review, Everloop: Goobit is a very new app (there's around 200,000 Everloop members and only 758 members are using the app so far), so it will take a while to see how well the privacy and safety rules and the profanity filter work and how the culture of this social network develops. It could either be a very fun, meaningful first foray into social networking for kids, or not.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad|
|Skills:||Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct |
Communication: friendship building
Tech Skills: social media
|Release date:||November 9, 2012|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 4.3 or later|