How to Rate an App

Many app review sources use rating systems to rate apps for young children.  There are a number of factors to take into consideration, like the 6 Early Literacy skills, but there are also format-driven elements that can determine the quality of an app or eBook for kids.

Common Sense Media has a detailed, thorough description of their rating system which describes how they arrive at the conclusions they do about apps for kids.  There is a section that describes in detail what’s appropriate at each age and includes information about cognitive, social, emotional, physical and technological development. For app ratings they take into account the following factors:

  • Age Appropriateness
  • Consumerism
  • Drinking/drugs and smoking
  • Ease of play
  • Language
  • Learning potential
  • Online privacy and safety
  • Positive messages
  • Positive role models
  • Scariness
  • Sexy stuff (ha! I like how they word that)
  • Violence

Digital Storytime gives an in-depth overview of their rating system as well.  They take into account the following factors, as well as a general editorial overview.

  • Animation
  • Audio
  • Bedtime
  • Educational
  • Extras
  • Interactivity
  • Originality
  • Re-Readability

If you do a Google search for “how to rate an app” there are a whole bunch of websites that rate apps and publish their rating system.  Once we get our ducks in a row with funding and devices for our circulating tablet programs we’ll be taking a look at many of these sources, and putting together our own app rating rubric to determine which apps and eBooks should be included.


Posted on April 25, 2012, in Apps, Review Sources and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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