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Random App of Kindness

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Silly fun affects empathy with some iffy content.

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The evidence-backed claims about these social-emotional activities are impressive, but the content of the games is puzzling if not troubling. Each activity in Random App of Kindness has a research-supported focus -- petting animals to elicit empathy, for example -- but without some side-by-side guidance about what each activity is trying to do, kids may just laugh at grandma getting hit by a car and floating off as an angel or handing a baby in a crib a pair of scissors. The timing and hand-eye coordination of some of the activities may frustrate kids, too, if they aren't successful after a few tries. Though it's an interesting premise with good intentions, it's a toss-up whether this is a silly shocker or a science-backed tool.

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