You Are Loved - Spread Kindness

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Identify feelings, spread positivity, questionable privacy.

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Educational Value

Kids are encouraged to be aware of their feelings by rating them daily. They can become more aware of positive news stories and develop empathy and awareness of others' feelings, too, though pre-created messages may be a shallow means of communicating true empathy.

Ease of Play

Simple design and few controls make use simple.

Violence

Custom messages could potentially include violent language. While featured news stories are positive, the news sites may include headlines or links to other news stories that include violent topics.

Sex
Language

Custom messages could potentially include profanity as there are no filters.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that You Are Loved - Spread Kindness allows kids to send anonymous, encouraging, pre-made messages to strangers. They can also send custom messages (with no filters for content) to friends added to the app by text or QR code. Upon opening the app, kids are asking how they're feeling, and they can answer on a scale of 1 to 10. The app tracks their feelings in a graph in the app, and their friends can see an indicator showing if they're feeling up or down (as a sad face, neutral face, or smiley face). Links to positive news stories take kids to internet news sites. Note: At the time of review, there was no privacy policy accessible outside of the app's terms of service, which are accepted when registering.

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What's it about?

YOU ARE LOVED - SPREAD KINDNESS is part social media part feelings journal. Each day, users rank their feelings on a scale of 1 to 10. Their friends see an indicator showing if they are happy or neutral or sad. Users can send anonymous pre-made messages to cheer someone up and are encouraged to send back a thank you, also anonymous, when they receive these messages. Friends can share custom messages with each other or use a pre-made message. Users can scroll through uplifting headlines that link to news stories and see a graph that shows a history of how they've rated their feelings.

Is it any good?

Putting some positivity into the social media world is a noble idea, but doing that with sensitivity and depth is challenging. You are Loved - Spread Kindness masters bringing self-awareness to feelings by having users rate their feelings daily and tracking that data in a graph. It'd be nice to add some depth to that with a journal option to jot down a few notes. Users can send (and receive) positive messages from strangers, too, which can be uplifting, but lacks depth. For those frustrated or anxious from bad news, the positive news feed is a great feature. Overall, this nice idea could use a little more depth and polish. Parents may want to talk to kids about being selective in the friends they add so that they are comfortable being vulnerable sharing their feelings. And without a privacy policy, it's impossible to know how data is stored and shared, so use with caution.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how You Are Loved - helps better understand the ups and owns of our feelings. Tracking how they feel can help families identify their emotions or possibly identify more serious issues.

  • Outside of the app, families can stay connected virtually by texting positive messages to each other and in person over meals or family time. Discuss if virtual connection can replace physical connection. How or how not? Why or why not?

App details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love social networking and empathy-building

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