Australian Council on Children and the Media

Hey Duggee: The Tinsel Badge - BBC Worldwide

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This is a Christmas tree decorating game, where children can select a character from the 'Hey Duggee' children’s show and help them to decorate a Christmas tree. Parental guidance is recommended for younger children due to related in-app purchases and online connectivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Hey Duggee: The Tinsel Badge was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 28 February 2017.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Hey Duggee: The Tinsel Badge
Developed by: BBC Worldwide
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 5 years and under
ACCM suggested age: Parental guidance is recommended for younger children due to related in-app purchases and online connectivity.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Hey Duggee: The Tinsel Badge contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

There are five characters in the game that can earn their tinsel badge by decorating a tree, with all characters played for this review.

App description

This app is based on the children’s television show, ‘Hey Duggee’.  The player chooses one of five characters (the squirrells) and helps them decorate the selected Christmas tree. The player is given instructions to swipe a finger across the screen to select a tree and decorate it with tinsel, decorations, a tree topper and Christmas lights.

Reviewers comments

This game offers young children the opportunity to express their creativity and decorate their selected tree as they wish, with clear instructions each step of the process. This game provides a good opportunity for children to learn task sequencing and play requires fine motor skills to drag and drop decorations and draw on tinsel. The game can be replayed repeatedly with numerous combinations of decorations possible.

 

In App purchasing

The game concludes with the aural instruction to buy a “Hey Duggee” Christmas App bundle from the App store. This feature can only be accessed by selecting the correct number to complete a mathematical sum (16+ ? = 22). It is conceivable that a child may select the right answer by chance and without the correct restrictions enabled may be able to purchase the Hey Duggee Christmas bundle, which costs $12.99.

Online information

The app does not appear to collect any personal information and can be played without online connectivity once it is downloaded. However, as described above, it may is possible to purchase the “Hey Duggee” Christmas App bundle from the App store.

Gambling

At time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

As described above related apps are advertised at the end of the game.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

At time of review, the reviewer found no gender stereotypes or sexual references in the game.

Coarse language

At time of review, the reviewer found no coarse language in the game.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

At time of review, the reviewer found no concerning game playing behaviour.

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