If your pre-tween is already hounding you to join social media, there is an app that allows you to come to a compromise you can all feel good about. The Kudos app aims to connect kids ages 8 to 13 in a safe and positive way.

From YouTube Kids to Facebook’s Messenger app for kids, social media for the playground set is making waves, but Kudos is adding a twist that is integral to teaching kids how to navigate the digital universe. On its surface, the app is an Instagram-like social network that allows kids to share pictures with friends and join groups based on their interests, like slime making and LEGO. The general idea is that they can make friends and share ideas and inspiring photos based on commonly shared interests.

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Ultimately though, Kudos is so much more than another social media platform. With 24-hour moderators inspecting every post and comment, anything inappropriate or offensive is immediately removed. Beyond simply moderating negativity, the app has a no-bullying policy. The terms of use require users to “be positive, supportive and kind to others in the Kudos community.” Users should never post pictures that are “hurtful, violent or are racially offensive. A great rule is not to post anything your parents wouldn’t want you to post.”

#KudosKids – Let's Create a Movement of Kindness 🤸✌️ We love finding those everyday heroes that make a difference in the community. The funny thing is that it doesn't take much to unleash simple acts of kindness on a regular basis, we can make an enormous impact not only in another person’s life but for our future overall. At Kudos&Co, we not only encourage simple acts of kindness we celebrate it through our #KudosKids shout outs. 👈 👩‍👧‍👧🤳Parents and teachers, do you know someone who is deserving of a little kudos? Let us know by either tagging us on #Twitter via #KudosKids, on Facebook or a quick email to pr@kudos.com. Let's create a movement of kindness. For those of you inspired to start today, there are so many things you can do to make a difference. Here are some ideas to get you started: Pay for someone’s cup of coffee, food or toll Pass out items to those in need Write a note or let someone know how special they are to you on a card or online Help someone with the door, their books, bags etc. Deliver food to your local first responders Connect with other students to prepare breakfast for teachers Donate to a cause that you care about In a classroom, suggest the friendship hand project. Have each student in the class  trace their hand on a piece of paper, then have each member of the class write a complimentary word on the hand about that person Help out with chores at home, offer to do a task you wouldn’t typically do Take flowers to a senior center or to someone who wouldn’t be expecting them Collect needed items for a local shelter or non-profit No act is too small! Join us in our mission to make a kinder, gentler world. Don't forget to let us know how it is going. You can submit examples of #KudosKids to PR@kudos.com. #kudoskuds #kindnessmovement #kindness #createchange #bethechange #kindkids #teachers #ourkids #pod #kudosapp #kidschallenge #press #jointhechallenge #payitforward #loveoneanother

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Anyone breaking these rules will have their posts removed or accounts blocked or deleted. The idea is not only to give kids a safe, harassment-free space but to also encourage the next generation of Facebook and Instagram users to learn how to interact on social media in a positive way.

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The Kudos app is free to download for iOs and Android, kids can set up an account, but require their parent’s permission to activate it through a two-step verification process. Parents also have the power to delete friends. Pictures can be shared with friends only or widely to a group.

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