Parents' Guide to

Ultimate Sharks

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Beautifully produced nature app too violent for kids.

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ULTIMATE SHARKS was selected as an iPad app of the week by Apple for good reasons -- it's clearly well-produced, detailed, and full of (75+) screens of content. Even so, unless your teen is a true shark enthusiast, the fear of the oceans and of sharks that this app will likely engender in most non-adult viewers overrides almost all educational benefit. One viewer left the following comment on iTunes: "Much of the footage is so terrifying that I might never swim in the ocean again."

If you decide to use this app with a child under age 17, stick to only the written educational content. Then preview all of the videos and stories related to shark attacks to decide which ones are appropriate for them.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Release date: August 9, 2011
  • Category: Books
  • Publisher: Discovery Communications
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 22, 2016

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