A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
GECKOLIFE is organized into canvases, each with its own privacy setting allowing families to customize exactly who can see a canvas, which can include pictures, posts, and comments. Activity for all subscribed canvases shows up in a news feed or can be viewed individually. Users also can message other connected users through the app and set up groups. If parents choose to approve kids' activity, they'll receive a notification to approve canvases kids request to join or photos they upload. Kids see "pending approval" on the photos until they're approved.
Is it any good?
Through this networking app, families can share photos and ideas among themselves only or within an approved and monitored small group, allowing parents to model and teach good social media habits. The concept and its privacy features are fabulous, though a few issues keep it from being perfect just yet. Only still photos can be shared, not videos, and the sign-up feature is a little buggy, with some difficulty entering birth dates and occasional crashing. For parents with kids itching to start using social media, GeckoLife is a safe starter.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Communication: conveying messages effectively, friendship building, multiple forms of expression
Tech Skills: social media, using and applying technology
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: December 8, 2014
- Category: Social Networking
- Topics: Friendship
- Size: 17.20 MB
- Publisher: ClubGecko.com
- Version: 1.6
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 3.0 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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