ThingLink

App review by
Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Easy-to-use image-creation tool; some mature content.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn to create interactive images by embedding text or websites within a static image. For example, after importing a map, they can include key facts about major cities or countries, or they can snap a photograph of an experience and add links or text to explain it. Though it wasn't intended for educational purposes, and any learning is totally dependent on the user, ThingLink can provide a fresh perspective on learning, especially for kids who need a new way to present information.

Ease of Play

Step-by-step tutorial to complete their first interactive image. Limits the number of options available per screen, making it easy to understand the creation process.

Violence

Mature images and content may be visible in feed or via search.

Sex

Mature images and content may be visible in feed or via search.

Language

Mature images and content may be visible in feed or via search.

Consumerism

Ad and product images and content may be visible in feed or via search.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mature images and content may be visible in feed or via search.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ThingLink is an interactive image-creation tool designed to help kids present information in a different way. A username and password is required, and the developer suggests users be 13 or older. Some of the content posted to the "featured images" or search results might be too mature for younger kids. ThingLink might be especially helpful for kids who need a visual way to represent new concepts, especially those who learn best with images and symbols instead of words.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byCasey G. April 26, 2018

i think theyshould

change buttons and stuff. someethings take a while to load. once there was an error message.

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What's it about?

When opening THINGLINK, kids either upload or search the community for a static background image. Once it's loaded, kids click to add red and white targets throughout the image. ThingLink will prompt users to insert text or media (another image from the photo roll or a video). Then they can share these interactive images using email or social media. The app's community can be accessed by choosing the menu on the left, which will guide users to interactive images that others have created; some content is too mature for younger users.

Is it any good?

ThingLink provides an easy-to-use platform for creating engaging, interactive images. It gives kids the potential to create meaningful content for any subject. Example uses are available from the featured content page, which might help some kids get a better idea of how best to use the tool. Because of its focus on images rather than text, ThingLink easily supports multiple learning styles and literacy levels.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how smaller parts make up a larger whole. Help kids find images of something complex, such as a computer, the human body, or a car. Then, help kids identify the different parts and label them using ThingLink. Older kids might be able to include hyperlinks to YouTube videos explaining the smaller pieces.

  • Talk about how kids might use the app  for school projects, especially if they often have trouble creating presentations.

App details

For kids who love photography and digital creation

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