A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
Products & Purchases
Free download includes limited content. Users must make in-app purchases to access more, and there's no parent gate at the purchase point.
Parents Need to Know
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.
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