Parents' Guide to

SpeakaZoo

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Conversations with animals can be sarcastic and confusing.

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While the 18 animals on SpeakaZoo are visually interesting and sometimes sweet, many have problems and use language that some young kids in the age group for which this app is intended may find too intense or sad. For example, the bat who feels misunderstood for drinking blood and says she's upset that the world "romanticizes and idealizes" her subculture but it's part of who she is ("You get that, right?," she says). The porcupine who can't get a hug asks kids if they could hug him. If the kid answers yes, the porcupine replies, "You're so nice and brave and kind of not that smart." Or the dolphin who asks for help with stage fright, yet after kids offer suggestions says, "Not helping, still terrified."


Some humor the animals use is not age-appropriate. For example, a ladybug criticizing another insect behind her back says she "fakes" her beauty and asks kids, "Do you know how many husbands she's been through?" In addition, the voice recognition technology isn't perfect, which may be confusing. For example, when a tiger asks if his roar is scary and a kid answers, "Yes," if the voice recognition doesn't pick up the answer properly, the tiger replies, "I didn't think so." For kids sensitive to strong emotions or confused by sarcasm, these animals may not be the right conversation companions.


 


 

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