Tankee

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Simple game video viewer provides family-friendly content.

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Ease of Play

Simple touch controls, easy to learn, navigate, and interact with videos.

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Sexy Stuff
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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tankee is an iOS app that allows kids to view video game-related videos that are safe for all ages. There's no sex, violence, or any other inappropriate content. While viewers can comment on videos, all of the comments are done with emojis, not words, so there's no risk of saying something offensive. Similarly, screen names are made by the app, not the viewer, avoiding raunchy names as well. 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?

TANKEE is a video service centered around video games. The idea is essentially the same as if YouTube was a kids-only service. While it presents clips related to video games, it only includes kid-friendly games, and all of the related videos are equally safe for younger viewers. Even commenting on these videos is safe because it's all done with emojis, not words. Viewers can follow not only certain games, but also specific game-video makers, such as streamers and comedians.

Is it any good?

While this app creates a safe space for kids who want to watch game-related videos, older kids won't appreciate its walls or lack of freedom. Much like YouTube, Tankee lets kids watch tons of game-related videos. They can even subscribe to their favorite games and video game personalities -- like streamers and comedians -- so that they never miss a newly released video on their channel. But the games and the video makers are all ones that are kid-friendly: Every video complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Even the commenting is safe because it's done with emojis, not words. Additionally, the system automatically generates screen names, which prevents kids from being exposed to or calling themselves something offensive.

All of this means that kids won't see inappropriate videos or wander out of the gaming section and into more mature content. That right there is where the app will probably lose most older kids. Without the ability to explore the wide variety of videos on the web, and without the ability to comment on a video with something deeper than a smiley face, older players will find this app to be too stifling. But if your little gamer is still young enough that they don't mind a little parental constraint and guidance for their hobby, Tankee is a great video option.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about commentary and criticism. Tankee lets you comment on other people's videos with emojis instead of words, but could the lack of words cause more problems than it solves? 

  • What's the impact of having a dedicated video game safe space like Tankee for young kids? Is it easier to establish separate spaces like this instead of carving out kid-friendly areas on more mature video services like YouTube?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 3, 2018
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Size: 106.60 MB
  • Publisher: Tankee Inc.
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later

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