Ultimate Sharks

Common Sense Media says

Beautifully produced nature app too violent for kids.





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Ease of play

Very easy and intuitive to navigate this app. It clearly states which videos require WiFi to view. However, the function that allows you to move 3D sharks around and move them into attack mode overpromises what it can actually do.


Shark attacks on humans (including a lethal attack on a 10-year-old child), on human dummies and on large sea animals are shows in video, photo, and told in graphic detail.

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The language used to describe shark behavior and attacks is sometimes formulated to promote fear. During attack footage, alarming screams can be heard.


Logo for Discovery is shown on some screens.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ultimate Sharks presents the world of sharks, including interacting with humans in ways that often are too violent for most kids to see, which is why this app cannot be purchased by minors. It is behind an age gate, and only teens 17 and older can download it. While it undoubtedly contains well-produced videos, beautiful images, and quality educational materials about sharks, much of the content is simply too graphic 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

Release date:August 9, 2011
Size:473.00 MB
Publisher:Discovery Communications
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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Kid, 12 years old August 2, 2012

Idk bro idk :/

idk but i love sharks to bro :o
Kid, 12 years old September 12, 2011

Oh come on!

Oh come on! I love sharks, why do they think its not for kids?
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