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Full Frontal'$ Totally Unrigged Primary

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Short quizzes best for politically active teens.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about the current Democratic presidential candidates and, through quiz questions, should learn about current events and the political process. Participating in the daily challenges can offer a chance to learn about working toward a goal. Kids will also get some reading practice. The app doesn't include too much detail about the candidate's campaign or background. More information would be nice -- and kids will need to do additional research to find out what the Iowa caucuses are, because the app mentions them, but doesn't provide an overview. 

Ease of Play

In addition to an FAQ, the app provides a detailed breakdown of how the challenges work and what players can expect.

 

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Language

If players leave the sound on, they'll hear Samantha Bee periodically saying "Get in the car, loser" -- which is meant as a joke, but some users may take issue with.

Consumerism

Although the app is free to use, participants can donate to a PAC fund through it.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Full Frontal'$ Totally Unrigged Primary app is a political game for iOS and Android devices. The game involves political content -- primarily brief quizzes -- that don't involve offensive material, but may be more appropriate for teens and older users, unless younger kids have a pretty thorough understanding of politics. The app's easy to use, though, and players can refer to an FAQ if they have questions. The donation aspect of the app is fairly low-key; users can contribute real money to a PAC, but they aren't pushed to. Some users might also take exception to being called a loser by Samantha Bee, but otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game.

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What's it about?

After signing up for FULL FRONTAL'$ TOTALLY UNRIGGED PRIMARY app, created by Samantha Bee's TBS news satire show, players can participate in daily challenges. The political quiz questions and participation-based exercises earn points for players' chosen Democratic presidential candidate. A map illustrating the road to Iowa for the Democratic caucuses lists the daily challenges, while brief bios mention candidates' top issues. Users can also donate to Sam Bee's Political Swear Jar. On Jan. 29, 2020, the candidate with the most points will win the donations.

Is it any good?

The app involves a fairly simple concept: pick a Democratic presidential candidate, and participate in daily challenges to earn points for the person. Most of the challenges in Full Frontal'$ Totally Unrigged Primary are quiz-type questions on political topics -- asking, for example, how many candidates have qualified for the next debate, although some involve things like math problems or jokes. One, for instance, asks, "Public impeachment hearings have begun. We want to know; on a scale of 1 to 2bil, how tired are you?"

The spelling isn't always exact -- another question uses ppl, instead of people -- which won’t give players' writing skills any kind of boost, and there isn't enough information listed in the candidate bios to help gamers understand each person's platform. (There's essentially no information on candidates from other parties.) Players will also likely need to do external research to figure out some of the references to the political process elements that are mentioned. Aside from the daily challenges, there isn't much to do on the app, but the challenges do provide some information, including the correct answer if you submit an incorrect response. This could potentially be a fun way for politically minded users to test their election know-how. In addition, users who join the app closer to its January endpoint won't miss out, because they can go back and answer challenge questions for days that have passed. Generally, the jokes and political content on Full Frontal'$ Totally Unrigged Primary is probably better suited for teens and other older users than younger kids. But hopefully, if any kids start using the app, it will inspire them to learn more about politics -- and how they feel about what each candidate stands for.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the election process in the U.S. -- and what steps are involved. How is a president elected? Do you like the way the process is handled? Would you like to see something different, or exactly the same method always being used for elections?

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  • How can you decide which person to vote for? Is it based on a candidate's personality, or their political stances? Perhaps it's their debate performance?

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