Australian Council on Children and the Media

Etch a Sketch IT! - Spin Master

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This app is a virtual replica of the real world Etch a Sketch toy made in the 1960’s. Suitable for children aged 4+ (also suitable for children of a younger age with time restrictions).

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Etch a Sketch IT! was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 8 February 2018.

About the app

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

Name of app: Etch a Sketch IT!
Developed by: Spin Master
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Suitable for children aged 4+ (Suitable for children of a younger age with time restrictions).
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Etch a Sketch IT! contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

There are no levels in this game but the reviewer accessed all areas of the app.

App description

This creative app gives the user several options on the opening screen (1) to upload a photo from their photo gallery or take a photo on their device and then press a button to have it transformed into an Etch Sketch; (2) to do a classic Etch Sketch manually. The second option mimics the real world Etch Sketch pad and requires the user to click and swipe the screen to activate drawing tools and place stickers/emoticons on the canvas. The first option uses the selected image to create an Etch Sketch, and records the process which can then be replayed as a video.

Reviewers comments

As with the real world toy this app provides the opportunity for children of all ages to explore the world of drawing. Parents should be aware that for option 1 to work the app requires access to the devices photo gallery, however, this can be turned off in the devices settings.

In App purchasing

None.

Online information

  • Photo/Media/files
  • Camera

Gambling

At the 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

None.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None noted.

Coarse language

None.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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