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Kabu – the children’s info app

2 minutes reading time
3-10 years
SIN – Studio im Netz

In the digital world, there are numerous apps that have been specially developed for children to help them learn and discover. One of these is the Kabu app, which teaches primary school children about current media topics and how to use digital media safely in a child-friendly and entertaining way. Introducing the children’s info app.

In short

  • Information app for children
  • Target group: Children of primary school age
  • System: available for iOS and Android
  • Free of charge and free of advertising

What is behind the offer?

Kabu is an information app for children that was developed by the specialist media education organization SIN – Studio im Netz e. V. The app conveys knowledge about current media topics – such as artificial intelligence or why TikTok is only permitted from the age of 13 – in an entertaining way. The content is created together with a children’s editorial team and updated monthly. Kabu is funded by the Auerbach Foundation and the Social Department/City Youth Welfare Office of the City of Munich and is completely free of charge and free of advertising.

What excites children and young people about it?

Children of primary school age are in a phase in which learning and discovery play a central role. Kabu offers them the opportunity to acquire knowledge and become creative through play. The app is divided into six sections: ‘Tips & Tricks’, ‘Games & Quizzes’, ‘Join in’, ‘Interesting Facts’, ‘Media Tips’ and ‘Creative’. The mythical creature Kabu, a funny Wolpertinger, accompanies the children through the app and gives helpful tips. The interactive games, quizzes and creative instructions strike a chord with this age group and encourage both digital and analog play. The children are particularly enthusiastic about the opportunity to contact the Kabu editorial team directly via the app, contribute their own ideas and take part in surveys. This encourages their participation and creativity.

What can be problematic about the offer?

  • Text-heavy: The app is quite text-heavy in some places, which could limit the user-friendliness for younger children or non-native speakers. However, parents can activate a read-aloud function for all posts in the parents’ area.
  • Interaction options: The simply programmed interface uses interaction options, some of which are not very intuitive and can therefore be difficult for some children to understand.

What does the provider think?

The provider emphasizes that the app was specially developed for children of primary school age and places particular emphasis on security and data protection. The content is moderated and contacting the editorial team always requires parental permission. In addition, all content is free of charge and free of advertising in order to create a safe and value-free learning environment. Data protection and contact risks are taken seriously and constantly improved to ensure the safety of young users.

This is what parents should pay attention to

  • Use: Talk to your child about the use of digital media and the associated risks. Together with your child, consider how you would like to organize media use in the family and how much screen time is appropriate.
  • Role model function: Be aware of your role model function – also in relation to the use of media. Certain rules should apply to everyone.
  • Shared media use: Encourage your child to talk to you about the content of the app. Show an interest in your child’s media content. For example, you can play a quiz together or send your own ideas and contributions to the editorial team.
  • Track updates: Check the app regularly with your child to discover and discuss new content.

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