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Photo-sharing app offers tweens good intro to social media.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Taking, posting, and liking photos is all easy and intuitive. Kids will need an adult to approve their accounts before they can begin sharing photos or adding friends.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kuddle is a social photo-sharing app designed with kids' safety in mind and the goal of teaching kids photo-sharing etiquette hands-on. To start, kids enter a full name, create a username and password, and enter a birth date and gender. Then they must enter an email address for a parent or caregiver over 18. Kids can immediately start adding photos to their streams, but they can't add friends (so no one else sees the photos) until a parent or caregiver has approved the account through the email sent to them. Kids don't see the privacy policy or terms of service anywhere in the app, but it is linked in the email sent to parents. Kids' full names are shown in their profiles, which are searchable. No photos are seen in the search, but names are. Kids can add captions to their photos, but tagging and commenting are not allowed to prevent bullying. Parents should note that the terms of service state that posted photos can be used by Kuddle for marketing or other purposes.

What's it about?

Once kids have created their accounts and are approved by a parent or caregiver, they can search for friends by name, take photos for their own shared photo stream, and like friends' photos. Kids can embellish photos with drawings or text, using several color options and brush sizes as well as typed text. To "like" a photo, kids double-tap it or click the like gesture, the thumb and two fingers extended that looks like a "K." Comments, tagging, and geolocation are not enabled, to keep kids safe and their information private. Kids are automatically friends with Kodi Kuddle.

Is it any good?


KUDDLE creators have put a lot of thought into creating a hands-on learning environment for kids to develop online social skills while they share photos with friends. When kids try to share a photo, they have to answer a question that makes them reflect on safe and kind sharing practices. The prompts encourage them to "like" friends' photos to make friends feel good, remind them to tell an adult if they see someone being bullied, and generally encourage them to act with thoughtfulness and kindness. When kids post a photo, the parent who authorized the account receives an email showing the photo and caption. From within that message, parents also can view kids' lists of friends. Photos can be deleted from kids' profiles, but they do still show in their friends' feeds. Photos also are monitored to make sure photos are appropriate. Kids are instructed not to post pictures of anyone without their permission.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their thoughts on social sharing. Parents may find it helpful to explain to tweens that the world of social media and photo sharing is not something that was available to them as kids. Since it's a new experience for everyone, parents may have to change the family rules and boundaries as they figure out how to keep kids safe while being social online.

  • Kuddle is designed to give kids a somewhat safe forum for learning social media sharing. Watch our videos, Pause and Think Online and Oversharing: Think Before You Post together. Talk about your thoughts and listen to what your kids think about the videos.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Subjects:Arts: photography
Skills:Communication: conveying messages effectively, friendship building, multiple forms of expression
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, honoring the community, integrity, making wise decisions, respect for others
Tech Skills: evaluating media messages, social media, using and applying technology
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:August 13, 2014
Category:Social Networking
Size:8.40 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.0 or up

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Teen, 13 years old Written byawesomeiness December 21, 2014
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Safety and privacy concerns
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Adult Written bydanielyan1429 August 12, 2015

Okay for younger kids.

Older kids (10+) just won't want to use it. They'd rather use Instagram for the following reasons: (1) Celebrities and professional athletes do not have Kuddle accounts. (2) They cannot comment on their friends' photos. (3) They cannot tag their friends in their photos. Parents, know this: If you believe your older child is ready for Instagram, let them have it. Monitor their feed. Don't wait and have them use this app.
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