App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Safer social media option for family sharing.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn how to use social media safely and wisely working alongside a parent. Though GeckoLife was not designed specifically with educational intent, parents can use it to model good social-networking manners and help kids develop smart social-networking skills in a safe environment. It'd be great to see a few videos or tutorials in the app to reinforce digital citizenship to kids. Overall, GeckoLife gives kids a safe platform to develop social media skills.

Ease of Play

Navigation is intuitive. Prompts guide through first-time use.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that GeckoLife is a social network for families or small groups with privacy features designed with kids' safety in mind. Parents create their own account and, as part of the setup, have the opportunity to add kids (or can add them later). Parents then can receive notification of their kids' activities on the network, including approving what they post and what they follow, depending on how the account is set up. Unlike other social networks, there's no minimum age in the user agreement. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykiyo January 15, 2015

Great platform for families

A great platform to keep in touch with family members of all ages. The canvases are a great way of sharing and saving photos and files!
Adult Written byanjalidmello January 15, 2015

Perfect for parents with tablet obsessed pre-teens

This app is a game changer for parents who want their children to learn and practice good digital citizenship. Parents have the unique ability to monitor their... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 27, 2019

Fantastic !

It's great and safe but the interface is like an email
Kid, 8 years old April 10, 2019
it's a very good app!

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to choose what to share and with whom to share, helping kids learn smart social media skills using GeckoLife. What sorts of things should you never share? 

  • Check out our content on social media for articles and FAQs about teaching kids responsible social networking.

App details

  • 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:
  • Version: 1.6
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 3.0 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

Our editors recommend

For kids who love safe social networking

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