Scoot & Doodle

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Collaborative drawing tool helps distant families play.

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age 9+
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can learn to creativity by drawing and playing on a digital platform with others. Scoot & Doodle lets kids experience the positive side of social media, including cooperation, teamwork, and friendship-building as they communicate with other members of the Hangout to collaborate on a single project. Scoot & Doodle is a fun, social way for kids to expand their imagination and creativity.

Positive Messages

Scoot & Doodle is a vehicle for kids to be creative in the setting of a social network.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are no characters in the app, but it allows people to connect over social network to collaborate on drawings and projects. The people you interact with become your role models.

Ease of Play

Knowledge of how to navigate Google+ is required, but the app itself is easy to use.

Violence

Kids might be exposed to violent drawings, or discussion about violence in text, video, or voice chat from other users in the Hangout, which is why it's important to only connect with people you know.

Sex

Kids might be exposed to sexually explicit drawings or discussion about sex in text, video, or chat from other users in the Hangout, which is why it's important to only connect with people you know.

Language

Kids might be exposed to strong language from other users in the Hangout, which is why it's important to only connect with people you know.

Consumerism

Scoot & Doodle can be fully enjoyed for free, but it does advertise and sell additional packs of stamps for $0.99 each.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Kids might be exposed to references to drugs, drinking, or smoking in drawings, text, video, or chat from other users in the Hangout, which is why it's important to only connect with people you know.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Scoot & Doodle is a collaborative doodle app that lets people draw together using the Hangouts feature of the Google+ social network. There are some significant privacy concerns, including video and voice chat, text bubbles, screen-sharing, and sharing videos on YouTube, so it's extremely important that kids only use the app with friends they know personally. This app could be used by families that are distant as a way of playing games together, but since it is on Google+, a social network that requires you to be age 13 to participate, we aged it at 13. To use it with younger children, parents would need to be around to monitor the use and provide the email and Google+ account. If monitored, it could be a tool to play games with distant grandparents or parents who are traveling. It can also be used for doing homework projects.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byhalfmoonmarcy February 28, 2014

Scoodle Jam for the 21st Century Classroom

Scoodle Jam is one of the suite of products under development by Scoot and Doodle. Like Scoot and Doodle it offers an interactive interface that links users fr... Continue reading
Parent of a 8 year old Written byjoinpa May 2, 2013

Scoot & Doodle Great for School Projects

Scoot & Doodle is not only great for families but it's great for school work and joint projects that really use the collarboration, communication a... Continue reading

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What's it about?

SCOOT & DOODLE is an app that adds a collaborative drawing tool to the Hangouts feature of Google+. Up to nine Google+ friends can work together on a shared canvas and communicate in real-time through video and voice chat to create a single piece of artwork. Scoot & Doodle comes equipped with standard drawing tools including brushes, stamps, and speech bubbles that kids can fill with their own text. Finished collaborations can be shared via email, Google+, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or YouTube.

Is it any good?

Scoot & Doodle is a very versatile app whose usefulness goes far beyond simply doodling. Kids can play visual games like Tic-Tac-Toe or Hangman, or collaborate on homework and school projects by using the screen as a virtual whiteboard. With a robust community and plenty of ways to share finished collaborations, Scoot & Doodle is a fun, positive, and useful way for kids to engage with social media. And it can be a very powerful tool for communication for families that are distant from one another.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different ways to use Scoot & Doodle. Do you prefer to draw, play games, do homework, or something else entirely?

  • What weekly drawing challenges can you come up with for yourself and your friends?

  • Did this product make you think about using Google+ in different ways?

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