What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What kids can learn
- conveying messages effectively
- friendship building
- multiple forms of expression
Responsibility & Ethics
- following codes of conduct
- honoring the community
- making wise decisions
- respect for others
- evaluating media messages
- social media
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids longing to Instagram or share photos like their parents or older siblings will especially enjoy this safer option. Until kids have a few friends to share photos with, though, the fun is limited.
Kuddle empowers kids to share photos with friends but with the protections of parents, moderators, and helpful reminders to help them if they stumble.
Photos are monitored, and "likes" are anonymous. Though kids or parents can delete photos, they still appear in friends' feeds. Kodi Kuddle serves as a model for kids as their first friend (and very frequent poster). Kuddle's blog includes ideas and tips for parents to help kids make good online choices.
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.