Look in My Eyes Dinosaur

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Vicki Windman, Common Sense Media
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Dinosaur rewards encourage kids to make eye contact.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice looking someone in the eyes. It's also helpful for kids learning to identify numbers 1 through 9. Because they earn rewards and get to practice with pictures instead of real people, it might help them feel safe and make positive associations with making eye contact.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play: Simply look at the child's face, and remember the number in the child's eyes.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Look in My Eyes Dinosaur is an easy-to-use app that helps kids increase their eye contact with peers and adults. It's a non-threatening way for kids who are hesitant to make eye contact (those with autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, and so on) to practice. It's an exercise-based game that places neon-colored numbers in a picture's eyes; when you tap the correct number, you earn a star. Four stars lead to a new dinosaur, which can move and interact with other collected dinosaurs. Since the dinosaurs are the most engaging part of the app, kids may get lost playing with them.

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What's it about?

LOOK IN MY EYES DINOSAUR is a tool designed to help kids who struggle to make eye contact with others. Players look at pictures of children; in the eyes of the picture, a number will flash. The goal is to remember the number and then tap it to earn a star. After four stars, the player earns a dinosaur. Kids can make the dinosaurs move and interact by tapping and dragging them. There's even a cave where kids can put their dinosaurs "away." The app records the stats of a session, which will give you an idea of how often your kid is making eye contact and successfully tapping the numbers.

Is it any good?

The app is simple, with very few bells and whistles. If your child likes dinosaurs, the reward is fun and encourages more play, though some kids may get lost playing with the dinosaurs they collect. The developer has a few other companion apps, such as Look In My Eyes Restaurant, which lets kids earn money and spend it in a restaurant, as well as versions with an undersea and car mechanic theme. This version is the most appropriate for younger kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about eye contact. Why is it important? When is it especially important to look someone in the eyes?

  • You also can use the dinosaurs to discuss interaction. Do the dinosaurs look at each other? Why, or why not? How do they play together?

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