A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
To use FINDING HOME - A REFUGEE'S JOURNEY read the intro paragraphs. Then tap on your phone's screen, which then appears to turn into Kathijah's phone screen. Tap the text message icon to view messages sent from her brother and choose responses to his messages. The app then leads users through messages, videos, phone calls, and photos to tell Kathijah's story.
Is it any good?
This is a powerful experience for teens who want to learn and understand more about the refugee crisis. The story on Finding Home - A Refugee's Journey was compiled through interviews with real refugees. When the user's phone becomes part of the app experience, the story takes a personal, real-life perspective that is both shocking and memorable. Finding Home - A Refugee's Journey can help teens empathize with refugee teens in a way that no news story can. And using the context of the device they use so often each day is both a powerful point of connection and a potential reminder of how different things could be, depending on their own experiences.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about where to learn more about the global refugee crisis after watching one specific story on Finding Home - A Refugee's Journey. Read Common Sense Media's Where Do Kids Get Their News (and are there better sources)? to help your teen find reliable news sources.
This app may bring up many emotions for your teen. Ask them what they heard or read in this story that was particularly scary or troubling.
Empower your teen to do something to help. Some ideas: Make a donation to a refugee organization; call a political representative to voice your opinion; collect donations for a local nonprofit that assists refugees.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, global awareness
- Skills: Emotional Development: empathy, perspective taking
Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, respect for others
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: May 23, 2017
- Category: Simulation Games
- Size: 171.00 MB
- Publisher: UNHCR
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.3 or later; Android 4.1 and up
- Award: Common Sense Seal
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