Parents' Guide to

One Globe Kids - Friends Around the World

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Stories, beautiful photos help kids build global awareness.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Free to try Education
One Globe Kids - Friends Around the World Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Great resource!

I used One Globe Kids multiple times with my students. We learned about Valdo from Haiti, Aji from Indonesia, and Jenissa from Burundi. I was amazed at how my students responded and how they were able to make connections to their own life. We love One Globe Kids because it keeps my students engaged. My students are able to relate to these kids around the world. As an educator, I loved the extension ideas too. One Globe Kids is an excellent resource!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Kids can "meet" other kids around the world and discover what their lives are like without ever leaving home through the interactive stories on this app. One Globe Kids - Friends Around the World takes kids to meet Valdo in Haiti, who travels hours to get to school, wears a SpongeBob SquarePants T-shirt, and loves weekends in his village. Luna in New York City lives in a small apartment, eats breakfast twice, and rides her scooter two blocks to school. Kids can practice recording their own story with guiding questions that prompt kids to use their imaginations to relate to the app's stories and compare their own lives ("What do you like to eat for breakfast?" "How do you get to school?"), as well as practice a few words from each kid's language. Almost all of the stories require a $1.99 in-app purchase (unless you purchases the paid One Globe Kids - All Friends app). That price seems like an economical way for kids to experience other cultures and learn about other kids' lives.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, global awareness
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: thinking critically, Emotional Development: empathy, perspective taking, self-awareness, Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (Free app includes one story; each additional story is $1.99 via in-app purchases. Free app includes one story; more individual stories (for example, "Maya in Israel," or "Floor in The Netherlands") can be added with $1.99 in-app purchases. There's also a complete version, One Globe Kids - All Friends, available for $9.99.)
  • Release date: February 28, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Character Strengths: Empathy
  • Publisher: Globe Smart Kids
  • Version: 1.1.71
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.1 or later
  • Last updated: October 18, 2019

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate