Australian Council on Children and the Media

Interactive Telling Time - Learning to tell time is fun - GiggleUp Kids Apps And Educational Games Pty Ltd

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Interactive Telling Time helps young players to learn and practise their skills in reading and telling the time. Various difficulty levels and play modes allow for step-by-step progression. The app is also useful to practise telling the time in other languages. Caution: in-app purchases and online interactivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Interactive Telling Time - Learning to tell time is fun was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 2 February 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Interactive Telling Time - Learning to tell time is fun
Developed by: GiggleUp Kids Apps And Educational Games Pty Ltd
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free, Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Parental Guidance recommended for 4 - 8 years due to in-app purchases and online interactivity.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Interactive Telling Time - Learning to tell time is fun contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All play modes and difficulty levels were reviewed.

App description

The app allows players to learn how to tell the time using analogue and digital clocks as well as practising time telling in 14 languages including: French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Italian. Different play modes include moving clock hands to a certain time, correctly identifying a displayed time and exploring the conversion from analogue to digital.

Compared to the free version (“Interactive Telling Time Lite”) the paid version contains more difficulty levels, more clock designs, and five additional play modes including a clock tutorial and conversion from analogue to digital.

Reviewers comments

The app motivates players to learn to tell the time by providing different clock designs, encouraging voice-overs and virtual awards (eg. a fish tank that fills up with more fish as the player earns stars for correctly solved tasks). Most instructions are written as well as spoken. In some areas, for example a comprehensive clock tutorial, children who are not able to read yet will require guidance. The level of difficulty (including different time intervals, 12 versus 24-hour mode) and language can be selected in the “parents’ section” which is accessible to anyone who can read the instructions. The parents’ section also contains the option to share and like the app on Facebook and Twitter. The “More” section links up with similar apps that can be purchased. Parental guidance is therefore recommended.

In App purchasing

  • In the free version, the paid version is advertised.
  • In both versions, there are links to other apps that can be downloaded or purchased.

Online information

  • It is not necessary to create a user account or provide any personal details.
  • The parents’ section contains the option to like and share the app on Facebook and Twitter which requires connecting to an existing account.

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

  • In the free version, the paid version is advertised.
  • In the “More” section, other apps are promoted.
  • There is no product or brand placement.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • The app contains no gender stereotypes or sexual references. 

Coarse language

  • The language is appropriate for young children and no coarse language was detected during the review.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • At the time of the review, the game did not require or foster any game playing behaviour that may be of concern to parents.

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