Description: Google Arts & Culture is about exploring various cultures, people, and places influential in shaping the world we know today. Though the app has been around since 2016, it gained popularity, most recently, due to an update that allowed users to take selfies which Google would then attempt to match with art pieces from museums around the globe. Aside from the fun selfie feature (which, right now, is only available in the U.S.), users are able to virtually explore museums and spaces around the world, search for artists and collections, and read inspiring stories of current people impacting their communities today.
Corporate website: https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/
APP Store rating: 12+
Knowing your kid’s maturity level is key. There are some pretty cool aspects we really like about this app; users can “explore” the world of art in a fun way. But, with most good things, there can be risk too. Exposure to some of the content or material for some twelve-year olds might be a bit too much. If you choose to let your child use this app, plan to have continued conversation about the art they’re viewing and things they’re reading in order to offer a framework for thinking and analyzing this information in a healthy and positive way.
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