A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
Once kids have created their account for KUDOS :) and are approved by a parent or caregiver, they can begin adding friends and joining interest groups (food, bookworms, Lego, cheerleading, etc.). These are the images they'll see in their personal stream. Next, they can take photos for their own shared photo stream, and post emoticon "reactions" on other photos from friends and groups. They can also contribute "nice" comments (which are moderated). Kids can embellish their own photos with drawings, using several color options and brush sizes. When kids post a photo, the parent who authorized the account receives an email showing the photo and caption. From within that message, parents can also view kids' lists of friends. Parents and kids can delete photos, but they do still show in their friends' feeds. Photos are also monitored to make sure they are appropriate. Kids are instructed not to post pictures of anyone without their permission. Tagging and geolocation aren't enabled.
Is it any good?
While the app encourages kid behavior and good citizenship, the use of real names and profile photos among virtual strangers may be off-putting for the parents of young kids. Kudos :) has a positive vibe with plenty of encouragement to contribute kind comments and appropriate photos to the community. The use of live moderation will be comforting for parents, and it's nice for kids to be able to express themselves without fear of negativity. Unfortunately, the good will built up is stripped away somewhat by knowing that kids' images (and theoretically names) may be used publicly by the publisher with no additional permission. Though kids can use a fake name or not input their full last name, many kids will, so parents will want to talk about where and when to use full names online. And in a world where kids are introduced to apps like Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat at younger and younger ages, kids may not be impressed by an app that only allows for sharing photos with no other ways to engage. Kudos :) does what it does fairly well; the question is if kids will want to stick around, with so many other options out there.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about their thoughts on social sharing on apps like Kudos :). Parents may find it helpful to explain to tweens that social media and photo sharing were not 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.
Kudos :) 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.
- 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
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: August 13, 2014
- Category: Social Networking
- Size: 8.40 MB
- Publisher: Kuddle
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.0 or up
For kids who love photos and sharing
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