A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
LEGO LIFE - CREATE, SHARE & DISCOVER is a platform for kids to share their passion for Lego bricks and building. After creating a screen name from a canned set of choices, kids find themselves on the main timeline. There are pictures of Lego builds and mini-figures, build challenges, videos, new product announcements, and even the occasional build instructions. If kids see something they like, they can give it a heart and comment using Lego-specific emojis. They are also able to share their own images and see whether other kids like them and comment. After logging in, kids customize their avatar(s) in the style of a mini-figure with a small but flexible collection of hair pieces, heads, bodies, legs, and accessories. Kids can follow the streams of their favorite Lego franchises and characters. They also can follow other community members or topics.
Is it any good?
This is all Lego, all the time, which is super fun for fans, and the developers designed community features very thoughtfully, but kids who aren't obsessed might run out of reasons to log in. LEGO Life - Create, share & discover holds a certain promise for tweens to engage with each other in a safe and friendly environment. As it stands, though, there just isn't all that much to do. There are only so many Lego pictures a person wants to upload and comment on. With no way to connect with other users -- including friends and family -- it feels less like a community and more like a giant ad. What's nice for parents, however, is the relative safety and thought-through moderation features that will help kids interact around Legos without worrying about negativity.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about social media and your rules about what should -- and shouldn't -- be shared online. Talk about how LEGO Life - Create, share & discover is the same as and different from other social-networking apps.
How do you like this app as compared with other apps you could play? If you had or have limited screen time, would you pick this app over other apps on your device? Why, or why not?
Hold your own Lego challenge. What fun things can you come up with using a limited number of Lego bricks or only bricks of a certain color?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Hobbies: building, collecting
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
Tech Skills: digital creation, social media
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: February 9, 2017
- Category: Social Networking
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Superheroes, Adventures, Pirates, Space and Aliens
- Size: 189.00 MB
- Publisher: Lego Systems Inc
- Version: 1.1.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
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