Australian Council on Children and the Media

Khan Academy Kids - Khan Academy

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Khan Academy Kids is an educational app designed for young children. A parental account is required to login but once entered doesn’t need to be re-entered. Caution: online accessibility. Suitable for 4+ with parental guidance.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Khan Academy Kids was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 7 March 2019.

About the app

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

Name of app: Khan Academy Kids
Developed by: Khan Academy
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+ (Designed for 0-5)
ACCM suggested age: 4+ with parental guidance
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Khan Academy Kids contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Our Reviewer played several levels of this game.

App description

Khan Academy kids is a complete collection of educational tools for young children. It includes storybooks, videos, colouring, learning the alphabet and numbers, learning to read, and logic games. To begin, a parent must sign in with an email account, and then, after swiping in a particular direction (for security) a child’s name and age is added and connected with a chosen avatar. Several children can use the app with their own unique avatar.

The opening screen introduces the five friendly characters that accompany the child on his/her learning discovery. The early stages of the game involve dragging and dropping objects to sort them. It then continues to counting, letter recognition, logic skills, colouring and game playing. The child has to tap on objects to get the correct responses.

At any time, the large library of contents can be accessed by tapping the home screen. This includes a vast array of books (which can either be read by the child or to the child), videos, colouring, alphabet, numbers and logic skills. There are also sections on Animal Safari, baby animals, backyard wildlife, vehicles, National Geographic Young Explorer and Alphabet books.

Reviewers comments

Khan Academy for Kids is colourful and easy to use which will appeal to both children and parents alike. It contains thousands of interactive activities developed for toddlers, pre-schoolers and kindergarten age children. It covers a wide range of subjects such as reading, writing, maths and language in a fun and playful environment. As a free app it is quite impressive. Fine motor skills are needed to play and the app will help to develop problem-solving skills.

Parental guidance and/or co-playing is a requirement for this app as a parent needs to login to the app and create an account with their email address. The parent also has to set up the child’s access. The only drawback with this app is that the language is American English.

In App purchasing

  • There is no In-App purchasing in this game.

Online information

There is some online accessibility in this app, for example:

  • A login and a parental account are necessary to access this app.
  • Access to the developer’s website and the app store is available through the parental lock. This requires a swipe of the screen in a particular direction to access.

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

  • None noted.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • None noted.

Coarse language

  • None noted.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • None noted.

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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