What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Flat Stanley is an interesting adaptation of the paper game in which a paper doll is sent around the world, and all the recipients send photos of themselves with the doll back to the original sender. The aim is to expose kids to different places and cultures and cultivate a "flatter" world. In this digital version, users can choose among diverse dolls or create their own, then take pictures with the doll superimposed so it appears in the photo. Pictures can be shared with other users or via social media. Users can see view, like, and comment on each other's photos and their locations. Inappropriate photos can be flagged and are removed. The developers are committed to making the app safe and educational, but kids will need active participation from parents to manage privacy settings. Parents should look for guidance on how to do this in the "about" section of the profile.
What kids can learn
- global awareness
- cultural understanding
- making new creations
- multiple forms of expression
- conveying messages effectively
Engagement, Approach, Support
The interesting (sometimes funny) photos posted and the ability to create individual Flat Stanleys and Flat Stellas make this app highly engaging.
By creating Stanleys and Stellas, kids practice creative storytelling and learn about digital media as they share their creations with others. As kids view Stanley/Stella photos from around the world, they gain global awareness.
The settings are easy to find and use to control what information you want shared publicly. Flat Stanley books, website, and more can help kids expand on the app experience.
What's it about?
Flat Stanley is a digital version of the game in which a paper doll is sent around the world, and all the recipients write letters and send photos of themselves with the doll back to the original sender. As with the game and the original book, the aim is to expose kids to different places and cultures and cultivate a "flatter" world. Kids can choose among diverse dolls or create their own, then take a photo with the doll superimposed onto the photo. Pictures can be shared with other users or via social media.
Is it any good?
The FLAT STANLEY model of exposing kids to different cultures and places around the world is fantastic, and this app really does bring the world to your fingertips. The ability to design your own Stanley and then incorporate him into your photos leaves lots of room for creativity.
The user-submitted content and privacy issues can be worrying, but the developer seems committed to keeping the app educational and fun, with a "specially trained crew that approves all content shared with the Flatter World users." Just be sure to delve into the app's settings a bit. Safe travels!
Families can talk about...
When kids learn about a new place in the news or at school, help your child find Stanleys in that place to learn more about it.
Help kids identify friends and family with whom they can share their digital Stanleys to spark conversations about living and traveling in different places.