A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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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?
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
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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For kids who love photos and sharing
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