Sports Illustrated for Kids: In Your Face 3-D

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Photo collection filled with interactive elements, facts.

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A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Just flip your finger to turn pages or tap the "More" icon for more info and photos.

Violence & Scariness

Some imagery shows calf-roping and steer wrestling, which might upset those sensitive about animals. There are other contact sports shown here, such as hockey and football.

Sexy Stuff

Some male sports fans are seen without shirts, some with painting on their chests.

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Consumerism

The app is a digital version of a Sports Illustrated 3-D book, and supports the Sports Illustrated brand.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sports Illustrated for Kids: In Your Face 3D is a digital book that features dozens of sports photos, which can be viewed in 3-D.  With Nintendo warning about kids younger than 7 being exposed to 3D images, parents may want to consider time limits and restricting use to older children; the photos can also be viewed in 2-D. Some of the imagery in the app might be disturbing for young kids, such as the photos of cattle wrangling for sport.

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Is it any good?

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED FOR KIDS: IN YOUR FACE 3D is a digital book packed with pictures that seem to jump out of the iPad's 9.7-inch screen. Note: If you don't have a pair of anaglyph glasses lying around, the iPad lets you order a pair for free. Based on the hardcover book of the same name, this app features the work of Sports Illustrated photographer David E. Klutho. You can use your fingertip to flip through the 14 chapters -- ranging from Team Work (which includes football) and Need for Speed (such as motocross) to waterworks (i.e. swimming) to Cold as Ice (hockey, figure skating) -- or you can tap near the bottom of the screen to pull up the table of contents to jump to a specific section. The photos, which sometimes spread over two pages, can be viewed in 2-D or 3-D, plus there are many interactive elements to touch that bring up articles, factoids, quotes, captions, additional photos, and some interactive content. At the time of this review, the app was a pricey $9.99, but kids who are diehard sports fans and who enjoy the 3-D effect will probably find this iPad app an attractive download.

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