Me: A Kid's Diary
By Dana Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Creative space acts as unique digital diary.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn self-awareness and how to tell stories through answering questions and prompts. Kids can also develop an understanding of how different forms of expression -- drawing, choosing colors related to feelings, writing, photography -- can help create a story. Overall, a useful tool for social and emotional learning as well as digital storytelling.
Ease of Play
Very easy to use, so long as kids can read simple questions and instructions.
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The Tinybop logo appears at the opening of the app, there's a "More Apps" icon on the main screen that when tapped opens a page with icons for other Tinybop apps and bundles, and parents are encouraged to sign up for the Tinybop newsletter via the dashboard.
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What’s It About?
Create your avatar on ME: A KID'S DIARY, then tap one of the map icons over your avatar's head. Choose an icon to tap, including cameras you tap to take photos ("When I do this, my parents feel scared"), pencils to answer prompts by drawing or coloring ("I won this award"), question marks in writing ("This is the first book I read by myself"), and microphones that prompt kids to voice-record their answers. Some questions and prompts are organized by a larger icon, such as a tree to represent a family tree or a house paired with questions and prompts about where you live. There are also multiple-choice questions such as, "This color makes me think of being scared," with 25 color dots from which to choose. When you want to review an entry, just tap on the completed answer, which is now represented by an icon that describes the prompt. For example, "How I lost my first tooth" is represented by a tooth once a kid answers the prompt. Note: There's an icon for a parent manual/handbook for Me, but at the time of this review none was posted.
Is It Any Good?
This creative app invites kids to explore their inner and outer lives through drawing, writing, speaking, GIFs, and more. By combining whimsical illustrations with hundreds of questions that are relevant to kids' everyday lives, Me: A Kid's Diary gives kids a place to really express themselves, sort of like a multimedia diary. One caveat: A few of the questions seem a bit too personal for kids to answer on a device that can be accessed by anyone, including people with whom kids may not want to share those answers. Questions like "This is my friend's secret" and "I dream about this" may give kids the idea that it's safe to put any and all information about their lives (and the lives of their friends) out there in digital form, so parents may want to mention to their kids that they don't have to answer all questions that appear. It's a great opportunity to let them know that what they want to share, and what they'd rather not answer on an app, is up to them. That said, Tinybop's description of Me as a place for kids "to tell their stories, express their identities and feelings, and to document the world around them" is most certainly accurate and encouraging in a world that needs kids who are both self-reflective and multimedia storytellers.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about their own questions for themselves and others. Consider using some of the questions on Me: A Kid's Diary as conversation starters at the dinner table or in the car.
Talk about how self-awareness is different from self-centeredness. Why is it important to know how you think and feel about issues and experiences while still being respectful of others who think, feel, and live differently from you? For kids, this can be as simple as knowing what you like to eat for lunch while not turning your nose up at something different in a classmate's lunchbox.
Talk about why uploading personal photos and information on a private app like this is different from posting it on a public or social media site. Discuss your rules for what kids can and can't share on this app and with whom they can and can't share it.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling, Arts: drawing, photography
- Skills: Creativity: producing new content, Self-Direction: self-reflection, Emotional Development: identifying emotions, labeling feelings, perspective taking, self-awareness, Tech Skills: digital creation
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: November 3, 2016
- Category: Education
- Publisher: Tinybop
- Version: 1.0.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
- Last updated: June 19, 2018
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