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Pinkfong Baby Shark Storybook
© 2019 Smartstudy
$60/year
iPad, iPhone, Android
Ages: 3-6
Teaches: reading, music
CTR Review
02/15/2021
CTR Rating: 36%
Ease of Use:
5/10
Educational:
4/10
Entertaining:
5/10
Design Features:
4/10
Value:
0/10
Total:
36%
Unethical design for children is mixed up with ten mid-quality ebooks and some sloppy reading pedagogy. The lure to get you to download this sample is the addicting Baby Shark song, which has been watched millions of times on YouTube https://youtu.be/XqZsoesa55w. But the famous song is not part of this app -- only ten shark-themed stories, each with a game (we tested the two unlocked options - the remaining content is shown behind locks). If you subscribe you also get access to Pinkfong Baby Shark, Baby Shark Storybook, Pinkfong Car Town, Pinkfong 123 Numbers and Pinkfong Tracing World. The first time you run the app, you are forced into registering; a process that gives the publisher access to your device use information. This strong-armed information gathering techique, combined with a theme designed to attract children, should attract the attention of regulators. Ethical descriptors: teasing, forced registration, and contextual ads.
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