Australian Council on Children and the Media

Sock Puppets - Smith Micro

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Short takes

The Sock Puppets app allows the user to create short puppet show videos. There are a range of backgrounds, characters, props and voice overs to choose from, and the user can record their own content, which is then lip-synced to each character. Due to access to the devices microphone, online and social media connectivity parental guidance is recommended for children under 13 years of age.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Sock Puppets was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 31 May 2018.

About the app

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

Name of app: Sock Puppets
Developed by: Smith Micro
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Due to access to the devices microphone, online and social media connectivity parental guidance is recommended for children under 13 years of age.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Sock Puppets contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All areas of the app were visited.

App description

This app is relatively easy to navigate and the opening screen requires the player to open a new file or return to a file that was saved earlier. When opening a new file the player selects from a variety of characters, backgrounds and props. From here the player clicks on a character and records up to 30 seconds of dialogue. It is also possible to add music from the devices music playlists and share the puppet show on social media and YouTube.

Reviewers comments

This app provides many creative learning opportunities including developing a storyboard, designing a set, writing and assigning dialogue to specific characters, and much more. It could be used alone or in groups to convey a message on a specific topic.

In App purchasing

None.

Online information

  • Other: receive data from the internet.
  • Connectivity with social media
  • Photo/Media/files
  • Microphone

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

Pop Ups with themed packages from the same game – ie Farm Animal version.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None.

Coarse language

None.

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Content is age appropriate for children this age

Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

Contains some elements of gambling. Some content is not recommended for minors. Parental guidance recommended

No gambling content found in the levels played

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