Australian Council on Children and the Media

Little Digits - Cowly Owl Ltd.

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An educational game for young children 3 to 5 which may encourage number recognition and counting skills. Cute animated numbers, gentle sounds and visuals that will keep younger children engaged.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Little Digits was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 20 December 2018.

About the app

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

Name of app: Little Digits
Developed by: Cowly Owl Ltd.
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 3 to 7 years
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Little Digits contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All five sections of the game played for an extended period.

App description

This is an educational number recognition game that expands to include very basic arithmetic, such as adding and subtracting up to the number 5. Children use their fingertips to answer questions, for example if the question is '3 + 2 = ?', they must press 5 fingertips on the screen simultaneously. There are five sections that children can choose to play. At the most basic, there is a section where children simply place their fingertips on the screen and an animated number shows them and tells them how many 'digits' they have put down. At the most complex, children are given a total (from 1 to 5) and they must work out a combination of two numbers, on two separate hands, that equal the total. Children will ideally be able to use fine motor skills and have basic recognition of numbers 1 to 5 to be able to enjoy this game. 

Reviewers comments

For children under the age of four, co-playing with a parent is recommended for added educational benefit. In addition, the hand gestures required are not immediately intuitive and will need explaining and demonstrating to children before they play. The app requires no personal information, can be played without access to internet or Wi-Fi, and has only one small icon in the home screen that advertises other apps from the same developer if you open it. For younger children, this app may help develop number recognition and the tactile association with how many fingers that number corresponds to. Children over 5 may become easily bored with this app as there is no progression in difficulty and minimal reward for correct answers.

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

There is only one small icon in the bottom left corner of the home screen which, if opened, show other apps by the same developer which can be downloaded and purchased from the app store. If a child then attempts to open the app store, a parent is required to perform a simple swipe task to continue. This is the only advertising present on the app.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

Nothing of concern.

Coarse language

Nothing of concern.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Nothing of concern.

Other

Nothing of concern.

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