iDiary for Kids

Common Sense Media says

Excellent journal-writing tool for creative kids.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Extremely intuitive. Most kids who have had any exposure at all to typing or drawing on a touchscreen and uploading images will need no direction at all. Because most kids are familiar with the concepts of a paper journal, scrapbook and address book, the ease of use found here is an excellent introduction to mobile apps for kids who are new to them.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

There's no filter for language, so kids can enter any word or phrase (or image) that they choose.

Consumerism

The developer's name, Tipitap, is placed on many pages of this app, and at least one page has an ad for another app from Tipitap that takes users to the App Store if touched.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids enter their own password so others cannot access their diary without their permission, but they have to remember to log out after each use. More than one journal can be created per app. Kids can send entries via email. There are no substantial safety guidelines here to guide kids on how to protect their information, other than to log out after each use.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that iDiary for Kids is a top-notch first experience in journaling for kids ages 5 to 13 to express themselves; make a photo, drawing, and text scrapbook of their day; and create their first address book. There's some guidance for how to password protect and back up the diaries, but as far as what kids may or may not want to share with others via email, or what may be considered inappropriate words or images to share will have to come from parents and teachers because that's not offered here.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • spelling
  • storytelling
  • writing

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content

Emotional Development

  • self-awareness

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Today's tech-minded kids are encouraged to create and keep a memorable, unique journal with this diary app that engages them in journaling using drawings, stickers, text, and photos.

Learning Approach

As kids journal, they are building storytelling skills and learning how to self-reflect using different forms of expression via digital technology. The address book also helps kids develop the concept of keeping contacts organized.

Support

There's some guidance for how to password protect and back up diaries, but parents and teachers will have to help kids decide what they may or may not want to share, because that level of guidance is not offered here.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • spelling
  • storytelling
  • writing

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content

Emotional Development

  • self-awareness

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn journaling and storytelling skills, as well as how to self-reflect on their day and life using the written word, drawing, photos, and more. The app also suggests similar words if a kid spells a word incorrectly, giving some limited spelling help. The most inspiring lesson from iDiary for Kids happens when kids reflect back on many journal entries over a period of time to see how they've grown in writing skills, as well as in life. iDiary for Kids is a great tool to set today's tech-savvy kids on the enriching path of lifelong journaling.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

The world of journaling leaps into the 21st century with this innovative app. Kids who want to practice writing and recording the events of their day will love this tool, and so will kids who don't necessarily like to write but can use photos, drawings, stickers, and more to tell their personal tales in a variety of ways. More than one diary can be created and password-protected on this app. The directory of contacts for family and friends is a nice bonus, too.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

IDIARY FOR KIDS provides a perfect format for today's tech-minded kid to create and keep a memorable, unique summer vacation journal and for teachers to encourage kids to journal daily in class when school begins. Younger kids can combine the stickers and hand sketching for creative pictures of their day, while older kids can write, draw, add photos, and email entries. Parent or teacher involvement for setting guidelines in privacy, safety, and appropriate sharing may be necessary. On the downside: The odd music is an unnecessary distraction that can be avoided; there's a three-page per day maximum entry; and parents should be sure to read backing-up instructions to avoid any data loss.

Families can talk about...

  • Help your kid register his or her diary -- and register one for yourself, too. The app supports multiple diaries.

  • Set aside daily writing time for your kids.

  • Make sure your kid's diary is backed up regularly. If not synched regularly with iTunes, there's the risk of losing all of these pieces of your kid's story.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:June 17, 2011
Category:Education
Size:22.20 MB
Publisher:Tipitap Inc.
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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