MyStoryMyLife

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Modern version of the lock-and-key diary for newbie writers.

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Storytelling through multiple forms of expression. Also fosters self-reflection.

Ease of Play

Simple, limited choices make this app easy for even young journal enthusiasts.

Violence & Scariness

Content is user-dependent.

Sexy Stuff

Content is user-dependent.

Language

Content is user-dependent.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Content is user-dependent.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MyStoryMyLife is a journal app that lets kids post pictures, write entries, and draw art to capture their days. This very simple app is password-protected, and there are no links to social media or other sharing, so no one else can view the user's journal entries either on their device or via the internet. The drawing tool is also very simple, which makes it easy to use. Kids can enter a date to look back on previous entries. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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Kid, 9 years old November 13, 2017

May not be for children:(

It could not be for children. :(

What's it about?

To use MYSTORYMYLIFE, choose a username and password and choose a blue or pink key avatar. The day's diary page will appear, where you can add a drawing (with the app's drawing tool) and photos (from your device's camera roll), as well as type a journal entry. The entire package will appear as that day's entry. Tap on the photo icon to see the photos you included. To search for a previous date, go to search and scroll to the date you want to view.

Is it any good?

Many kids love to document their days in some way, and this app gives them an ideal space to do that privately. MyStoryMyLife gives elementary school-age kids a place to draw, write about, and include photos of their day and save their entries behind a password. This app's user interface is very simple, but that's a plus. Young kids new to journaling and tech can focus on the content they're creating, not the app's bells and whistles (of which there are few). However, it may appeal to some kids more than a paper journal because they can include digital photos. Eventually, tweens will turn their attention to social media, but this digital journal can be an archive of younger days.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how your kid can use MyStoryMyLife to mark a highlight of each day. Encourage them to think about what to draw and write and what photo to include to make a full story package that best describes that day.

  • It's never to early to begin talking about privacy and the internet. Explain to your kid that they should not share their password for this app with friends; that is, if they want their entries to remain for their eyes only.

  • Gratitude journaling is a particularly powerful form of journal. Encourage your kids to write, draw, or include a picture of something every day (or almost every day) that they're grateful for. Read Common Sense Media's How can I use media to teach my kid gratitude?

App details

For kids who love journal apps and writing

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