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Fun photo sharing app with audio has some privacy concerns.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn how to use spoken language to narrate photos using this relatively simple app. Whether it's ad-libbed or scripted, the app's spoken narrative acts as a verbal caption for users' photos. Fotobabble creations take just a few simple steps to make; add a couple more steps if you want to take advantage of the fun in-app editing tools, effects, and themes. Though Fotobabble doesn't provide guidance or feedback on specific learning goals, the app offers teens a creative tool to document life and make original talking photos.

Ease of play

Fotobabble is easy to use. Teens first must create a free account at Then, they select or shoot a photo, record audio narrative, add optional theme or edit their photo, give their creation a title, and share via text, email, or social media if they choose to do so.


No violent content in the app itself, but it allows teens to send unmonitored photos with voice messages via text, email, and social media.


No sexual content in the app itself, but it allows teens to send unmonitored photos with voice messages via text, email, and social media.


No iffy language in the app itself, but it allows teens to send unmonitored photos with voice messages via text, email, and social media.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

No content related to drinking, drugs, or smoking in the app itself, but it allows teens to send unmonitored photos with voice messages via text, email, and social media.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fotobabble is a creation tool that lets users add narration to photos and then share them publicly via email, text message, and social media. The privacy settings default to public and include the option to share location, which raises concerns. The app requires a free Fotobabble web account (users must be 13 or older) and stores creations within the app and on the user's online profile. Fotobabble definitely lets teens jabber on about their photos, but they'll need guidance on privacy, appropriate use, and online safety if they're going to use it.

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What's it about?

Users first set up a free account by providing a username, password, and email address. They snap a photo or select one
 from their camera roll and record audio using the device's built-in microphone. Photo editing options include a number of effects such as stickers and filters as well as standard editing tools (crop, contrast, brightness, etc.). Users can share a link to their photo via Facebook, Twitter, email, or text message. Shared photos live on the user's Fotobabble website profile page.

Is it any good?


FOTOBABBLE differs from other photo sharing apps because it infuses pictures with the energy and emotion of voice. Teens may post talking photo status updates on Facebook or Twitter, but imagine sending audio postcards describing travel adventures or emailing singing greeting cards to family and friends. Teachers could use Fotobabble to make talking flashcards to teach foreign language vocabulary or to differentiate instruction for a variety of learners, such as using audio flashcards to help special need students learn life skills and identify emotions. Kids could even make talking slideshows about a field trip, science experiment, or an afternoon hanging out with friends.

Some things in life are better suited for video or still photos. But if a picture says a thousand words, then adding voice to it with Fotobabble can create an even more captivating and memorable experience. Just be sure teens are aware of the privacy issues with this app and understand the responsibilities and consequences of dealing with social media.

Families can talk about...

  • Help your kids think about creative uses of Fotobabble such as documenting holidays, vacations, and family events with talking photos or greeting cards.

  • Talk with your kids about the responsibilities and consequences of sharing on social media.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Language & Reading: presenting to others, speaking, storytelling
Arts: photography
Skills:Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
Communication: multiple forms of expression, presenting, speaking
Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:October 17, 2012
Category:Photo & Video
Size:6.90 MB
Publisher:Fotobabble, Inc
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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