Libby, by OverDrive

App review by Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Browse, borrow books with online library; filters available.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 18+

No Reliable Filters

Though this app is very user friendly and gives access to an infinite number of ebooks, this is not suitable for children without heavy supervision. The app does not filter based on the library cards, so even if you are connecting a child's library card as long as it is a valid library card, the user will have access to the library's entire collection, including highly inappropriate content. The app does have a drop-down menu to "filter" but it is easily changed. Unless you plan to heavily monitor what your child is reading or accessing on this app, I would not recommend it. If you heavily monitor it then it is very user friendly and a great app, but beware of filtering issue when a child is using independently.

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age 14+

Back-door full internet access!

Yes, it is amazing for finding books through all of our various library accounts. The app works perfectly well for library access, books and reading. . It does, however, also allow full, uncontrolled access to the internet. In any book you can click on a word for a definition. Scroll to the bottom of the definitions provided and there is a Google button. First place it suggested after clicking was YouTube. No amount of parental controls on the device kept that from opening. Reading a book to unfiltered YouTube in three clicks!
1 person found this helpful.

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