Unfortunately, bullying has been a staple of school life for as long as we can remember. 45% of young people experience bullying before the age of 18. More than 16,000 young people are absent from school because of bullying. 83% of young people say bullying has a negative impact on their self-esteem. 30% of young people have gone on to self-harm as a result of bullying. 10% of young people have attempted suicide as a result of bullying.
Bullying is as much a part of school life today as it ever was. What’s different today, however, is that much of that bullying and predatory behavior is happening online.
Today, there is no shortage of apps on the various app stores that offer anonymity to their users. These apps tend to be very popular with young people. They also tend to attract the worst elements of society, who want to prey on the insecurities and vulnerabilities of young people.
Failing. Not failed!
We are failing everyday and that is how a startup is different. It is a daily struggle to not be part of the ‘90% who failed’.
I started in 2012 and it has been quite a journey till Roo Kids Chat App. Always a right time to look back and revisit the lessons learnt. For the journey is not over yet.
Get Set, Go – The First Few Months in 2012
Gungroo was build with the vision of a safe & secure messaging for kids. That is how we started and that is what we are today. But somewhere along the way …
Private Family Network
The product started as a private network for families where an admin could allow kids logins to be created (without an email) and family members joining using their email address.
Priya Sengupta is a professional writer & a travel enthusiast who loves exploring new places and pen down the experience. She reviews kids apps and has strong opinions about what a kids app should be like. She wrote up about Roo Kids.
Roo Kids has been marketed as a safe and fun IM (instant messaging app) for kids. What WhatsApp is for adults, Roo Kids is for kids. The app comes with some safety features that allow parents to have control over the interaction. The app is targeted towards kids between the ages of 6 and 12 years. As more parents are looking to provide their kids with a digital exposure from the beginning years, app like Roo Kids is gaining ground.
Kids are meant to chat, share pictures (already on the phone) and send doodles to friends. The app does not facilitate direct camera access but kids can always click a picture from the device’s own gallery and use the picture in the Roo Kids chat box. Other parental controls include setting curfew hours when the life chat is disabled (when it’s time for study or sleep), notification when a contact/group is added and bad word filter (replacing bad words with ****). The messaging/chatting is carried over an SSL server, meaning that there would be no third party intrusion.
Other reviews like on Common Sense Media rates Roo Kids attaches a 4/5 rating to the app.
What can go wrong?
Digital technology has been growing and thus no surprise that kids aren’t quite immune to it. Too much of anything is bad. The only question with Roo Kid is whether it’s just another way to integrate technology into our lifestyle or whether Roo Kids really does some good for kids. True that the app does provide an educational platform with puzzles, games drawing tools and other features. However, it also goes wrong in several facets. The banned word feature for instance is only active only if the concerned work is followed by an exclamation/punctuation. Secondly, parents can set the curfew hours but it doesn’t stop a kid from writing messages, drawing or use the app otherwise. Just the life chat feature is turned off.
Some work is still needed. But, this is an awesome start!
We have had several animal puzzle and similar apps in the past. But what this particular app lives up to is matching its functionalities to its descriptions. 101 Animal Puzzles for Kids is clearly aimed for pre-school kids where they can play with animals using various drag-n-drop features. One will be clearly able to see the love that the developers have put behind the app. We would like to thank the Little Clever team for their focus into minute details that will make this app a healthy and comforting experience for kids.
The puzzles integrate a lot of content and every stage is well characterized. Kids will certainly take interest in the realistic animal graphics and attractive scenes to present them. All a child need to do is place the missing and spread out pieces of the puzzle into the right places. All the pieces are present at the top of the screen and lineout of the placement is given as a hint. This makes it quite easy and interesting for the concerned age group.
Further, if a kid is interested, he/she can opt for 7 levels of difficulty for arranging the same animal. This will ensure that they are able to gradually adapt for higher skill levels. Alternatively, if a kid gets bored after some time, he/she can easily switch back to their favorite levels.
Another unique element in the 101 Animal Puzzles for Kids is the voice over integration. Every animal is introduced in detail to make the kid take more interest in what he is making. Also, your kid gets to identify 101 animals by their voice and the sounds they make or are associated with.
A grown-ups menu will help a parent set the optimum difficulty level that the kids should be able to handle. Again, adjusting the difficulty is just about sliding the scale. An attractive game interface, every parent should check out this app.
Created for Kids: Yes
The app also has a free version. Visit 21 Animal Puzzles for Kids to now more about the free version.
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Among the first things that a consumer looks for in a smart device is its image capturing capabilities. However, photo editing is as important a function as is image capturing. While there are many apps available in this category, we really think that Photo Studio HD helps users go a step further with their needs.
It’s really easy to add effects, combine frames and filters and even superimpose pictures with Photo Studio HD. The platform presents an amazing editing platform to create 3D effects and create unique artwork. If you are looking to make a statement through your photographs, Photo Studio 3D certainly helps your framing and editing skills.
Photo Studio HD presents innumerable possibilities when it comes to image editing. You can either wrap and roll picture like a Paper Mache or apply sharp filters that totally transforms the frame you have captured. The app even has a voice control to operate the editing process. With millions of effects, it is really fun playing away with pictures.
Photo Studio HD presents a highly intuitive and attractive platform. Apart from editing, it also presents easy links to share on social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.
Overall, Photo Studio HD is a tool that should be tried and tested by every photography enthusiast!
Animals is fun-filled interesting app for kids which teaches them about animals eating habits and how they live. It is a simple yet learning oriented app that introduces kids with their favorite animals, their habitats, how they live and what they like to eat.
The best part of this app is its simple yet effective appeal that not only generates the interest of the children but makes them learn more and more about the animals. With over 50 animals in the game, it is the perfect app to engage your kids in these summer holidays.
While the app does not possesses any additional fun oriented features, but the visual appeal of the game and its engaging graphics keep the children intrigued in the game. Moreover, wide varieties of animals augment the fun in the game.
It is a wonderful gaming app embellished with astounding graphics and interesting narrations. While the interface is child friendly and simple to use, the background music sets the perfect atmosphere for playing.
Overall, with trendy graphics, interesting animal facts and great background music, this gaming app makes is an apt learning tool for children, especially the ones who love animals.
The dawn of smartphones have made gaming more portable. While we have been seeing a dozens of new games being brought out every day, Tiguidou is special because it attaches learning and self improvement to an entertaining gaming process. The core aspects that this game focuses upon are memory enhancement and strategy building. Currently, the game is available to Apple users.
Tiguidou is all about sharpening of your memory skills. A completely strategy oriented game; this will involve planning and combining your speed and hand eye coordination to better yourself at each stage. The games comprises of 400 questions, all of which require analytical skills at different levels. This is a game that will keep your positively engaged even in your spare time.
All gamers share a common interest – the fun of being able to get through levels. One tuff questionsolved will get you to a higher level. It is actually progress we are talking about and there is a lot of fun and excitement in success, howsoever small it may be!
Tiguidou has been aptly designed for gamers interested in this category. Completely smooth operations, everything other thing will be served on a platter except for a win!
Overall, this is a gaming app that everyone must try.
You vs The World for Kids is a gaming and entertainment platform molded into a highly educational experience. While the modern kids wouldn’t be able to grow without a smart phone around, it is better to make sure that he/she inculcates a learning experience along with the required doze of fun.
A largely well made app, You vs The World for Kids have been designed by keeping in mind the demand for entertainment and games by kids. The games available in the platform do encourage a lot of positive choice and educational input that would trigger curiosity and learning as the kid grows up. smart devices are one of the best modern ways to help the child learn and apps like this make the theory functional.
It’s easy to entertain kids as they are born curious. The various gaming platforms included in the app are quite vibrant and keep the kid hooked on!
Completely designed by keeping in mind the limitations and capabilities of kids, You vs The World for Kids can be a great experience.
Overall, this is an app that every parent should try out once.