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Nobly - Acts of Kindness App

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Social network encourages kindness; privacy concerns.

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn how great it feels to do nice things. They'll be steeped in a community that values kindness and may be inspired to do good deeds themselves.

Ease of Play

Navigation is pretty straightforward. Several different options for following and making connections with other users.

Violence

No issues in app itself, but content is uploaded by community of other app users, with no guidelines for acceptable content.

Sex

No issues in app itself, but content is uploaded by community of other app users, with no guidelines for acceptable content.

Language

No issues in app itself, but content is uploaded by community of other app users, with no guidelines for acceptable content.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No issues in app itself, but content is uploaded by community of other app users, with no guidelines for acceptable content.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nobly - Acts of Kindness App is a social networking platform that focuses on sharing good deeds. Users can post text and photos describing their acts of kindness and categorize them with different hashtags to highlight a theme. Kids interact with others in the community by liking, sharing, and following other users. The app also asks permission to access your device's camera, and users can get notifications. In terms of privacy concerns, Nobly - Acts of Kindness App asks kids to link their Nobly profile with other mainstream social media profiles by sharing their account sign-in credentials for those third-party apps. There is also a function in Nobly - Acts of Kindness App that tracks location so that it can share acts of kindness happening nearby. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Create a unique NOBLY - ACTS OF KINDNESS APP user profile, and then, if you want, link your profile to bigger mainstream social networking sites. In Nobly, choose some threads or individual users to follow, and browse through posts to read about what good deeds others in the community have accomplished. Mark your favorites or indicate which ones inspired you by sharing what good deed you carried out in response. When you do something kind, create a "new deed" with photos and text; share it with others to boost the post. Share deeds through third-party social networking apps to reach a wider audience.

Is it any good?

It's greatly refreshing to see a social networking platform built to share and inspire kindness, even if it does leave a lot to be desired. The idea of Nobly - Acts of Kindness App comes from a "pay it forward" model. That is, when you're the recipient of a kind act -- or even a witness to one -- you should do a good deed yourself to keep the cycle of kindness going and spread good in the world. Especially when social media can be so often a hotbed of judgment and negativity, the kindness idea is a breath of fresh air. Unfortunately, Nobly - Acts of Kindness App runs into some problems. It asks a lot of its users, including login information to third-party social media apps, without giving any options for customizing privacy settings. There also do not seem to be any terms of service, or mediation of posts, so users are technically free to post whatever they want, regardless of how relevant or appropriate the post is. And Nobly - Acts of Kindness App seems to be a relatively dead space, with very little activity: At the time of this review, most posts are months, if not years, old. Overall, Nobly - Acts of Kindness App is a great idea that needs a good bit more infrastructure and oversight.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the effectiveness of Nobly - Acts of Kindness App. Does seeing what kind things others are doing inspire you to do good things yourself? Does having a place to share the nice things you've done for others make you want to do more? Why or why not?

  • Encourage engaging in acts of kindness as a family. Model doing good deeds for others yourself and make it a family mission to prioritize helping others as much as you can.

  • Talk to your kids about privacy and being safe in social networks.  

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