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Kudos :)

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
Kudos :) App Poster Image
Photo-sharing app offers tweens an intro to social media.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn habits for safe and positive photo-sharing. Each photo post includes a thought-provoking prompt helping kids make good decisions about what they're sharing. Kids aren't set free willy-nilly, either. Parents receive an email of each photo kids post and can view kids' friends list, enabling them to talk with kids about their photo sharing and social media presence. It gives kids some online freedom but with plenty of support, empowering them to become good digital citizens.

Ease of Play

Talking, posting, and liking photos is all easy and intuitive. Kids will need an adult to approve their account before they can begin sharing photos or adding friends. This requires PRIVO approval (adult must provide a credit card, last four digits of their social, or their driver's license). 


The app contains no ads now, but the user agreement specifies that ads could be added.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kudos :) (formerly called Kuddle) is a social photo- and video-sharing app with humans moderating all content designed to help kids learn about online respect in a safe environment. To start, kids enter their first name, create a username and password, enter a birth date, and add a profile photo. Then they must enter an email address for a parent or caregiver over 18 who will receive a request for permission. Kids can immediately start browsing but can't add additional photos or friends until a parent or caregiver has approved the account. Parental approval requires logging in through PRIVO, a kids' privacy service that confirms parental identity/age via the use of either their credit card, driver's license, or the last 4 digits of their social security number. Though kids don't see the privacy policy or terms of service anywhere in the app, it's linked in the email sent to parents. Kids' first names are shown in their profiles, which are searchable. No photos are seen in the search, but names are. Kids can also add captions to their photos. Parents should note that the terms of service state that submitted content (including photos) may be shared publicly by Kudos :). Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 ha... Continue reading
Parent Written byAshley K. August 16, 2017


This app steers my kiddos away from the apps that lead to too much exposure. Kudos is such a fun, entertaining and lighthearted community. So glad we found an a... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byawesomeiness December 21, 2014
Kid, 8 years old June 26, 2015

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 first 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 [The publisher has stated that they will not use this information without permission, but the Terms of Use still gives them the ability to do so]. Though kids can use a fake name, many kids will use their real names, so parents will want to talk about where and when to use real 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.

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
  • 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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