Wiseland

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Journey to explore big questions only gets you so far.

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn to think critically about some difficult questions. Videos present kids with different scenarios and multiple points of view. Kids can express their own thoughts and experiences through prompted drawing and writing exercises.

Ease of Play

How-tos are mostly clear. One game has an awkward setup for moving Phil the robot through a 3D environment as well as some technical difficulties, and reading text on the screen is inconsistent.

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Sexy Stuff
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Consumerism

Free download includes limited content. Users must make in-app purchases to access more, and there's no parent gate at the purchase point.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wiseland poses kid-appropriate, philosophical questions and guides kids in working through answers. For example, the question set that comes with the free download explores what fairness means. Kids consider that question through a small collection of activities. Some activities require kids to read and/or write on their own. The free download includes one question set; additional sets are available as in-app purchases. Some technical difficulties may interfere with kids being able to experience the app fully. At the time of this review, there was only one additional set and no parent gate protecting purchase. Note: There was no privacy policy at the time of review.

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What's it about?

WISELAND poses philosophical questions and encourages kids to think through the answers. A kid named Sophia and a robot named Phil guide kids through watching videos representing different scenarios, playing games, drawing pictures, and writing their thoughts as they consider possible answers from multiple perspectives. The two questions available at the time of this review were about fairness and what it means to be human.

Is it any good?

A small set of kids' big philosophical questions gets some serious consideration with a guided thinking tour, but some elements fall short. Wiseland does well in representing a complicated issue in an easy-to-understand, kid-friendly context. It's also nice to see a variety of prompts that asks kids to think hard about how the issue relates to their own lives. Each representative scenario gets looked at from different perspectives, and there are a lot of "what if" questions. This certainly gets kids thinking but may also confuse them. And there are some technical difficulties and awkward controls that get in the way of kids enjoying it to its fullest. All the material is scripted and presented in a neat little package. On the plus side, kids may discover an interest in a topic they hadn't thought about. However, they don't have any freedom to ask their own questions and explore what's on their own unique, individual minds. All in all, though it does get kids thinking about difficult and abstract concepts, it still doesn't quite live up to the old-fashioned way kids have always explored these questions: through thoughtful discussion and exploration with parents, caregivers, teachers, siblings, or peers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the questions featured in Wiseland. What does it mean to be fair? What makes humans unique? Those are just the tip of the iceberg for the kinds of things kids wonder about. Pose the questions yourself to open discussion, or pay close attention to your kids to see what questions they come up with.

  • Let kids know your take on philosophical or moral issues, then ask for their feedback. Do they agree? Why, or why not? What experience have they had with that topic?

  • Some kids are verbal, some aren't. Let kids explore their "big" questions through multiple means of expression such as stories, discussion, drawings, role-playing, craft making, and more.

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