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The App Boutique is where Caregivers can go to enable apps and attach them to the various modes (see: Modes) for your kiddo to use. Think of it as a curated, best practice app store that filters all of the scary stuff and jumps right to the stuff best for your kids and eliminates the worry of kids downloading explicit content.
The App Boutique has a lot of different features to go over, app categories, app requests and the actual apps themselves so let's dive right in.
In the App Boutique, apps are sorted into app categories. You can either find the app in the right category or search the app in the search bar at the top right.
- Family Management. Apps that help manage family and pets, things like: Life360, Bark and FamilyWall.
- Reading & Writing. Apps that help take notes and garner access to books, things like: Amazon Kindle and Notebook.
- Music & Audio. Music listening apps, some of these are free with subscriptions removing ads, things like: Spotify, Apple and Amazon Music.
- Communication. Apps that provide outside communication, these usually circumnavigate the safelist, things like: Marco Polo and Messenger Kids.
- Learning. Apps that either teach or help learn, things like: Duolingo and Chess for Kids.
- Creative Skills (art, music). Apps that help develop creative skills, things like: Lightbot and Canva.
- Fitness & Health. Apps that help maintain a healthy body, things like: Garmin Vivofit and Google Fit.
- Wellness. Apps that help maintain a healthy mind, things like: Calm and Headspace.
- Exploration. Apps that help teach about the world, things like: Coin Collection and Google Earth.
- Utilities. Apps that are helpful in managing tasks, things like: Calculator and Dropbox.
- Finance. Apps that help teach financial management skills, things like: Chase Mobile and Greenlight.
- Religion. Apps that help maintain a healthy spirit, things like: Muslim Pro, Bible App for Kids and Daily Chumash.
- App icon.
- App name.
- App labels. Read more about these here.
- Quick description. These are the quick summaries of what each app is, so you can quickly read them and continue browsing.
- App enable/disable switch. Pressing this opens a prompt to select which modes you want the app enabled on, then enables it.
- Set Modes button. Pressing this opens a prompt to select which modes you want the app enabled on, then enables it. Woah, déjà vu.
- Details button. Pressing this opens an entire detail panel, displaying the full summary of the app, what the labels are referring to and what modes the app is enabled on.
We approve apps all the time, if you don't see the ones you want and need on our list, go ahead and request one... how? Press the "Request an App" button!
Then once you do that, you'll be presented with the app request screen, which will look like this:
- App votes. When apps are requested, they're put in a system where other Caregivers can vote on which apps should be put on the Caregiver Portal. If you find an app you also want, vote on it.
- Previously requested apps. These are apps requested by other Caregivers.
- Sorting options.
- Comments. Some apps have comments by Caregivers for additional information or team members explaining app updates.
- App request form. Fill this out and hit "SUBMIT" to submit your app.