Welcome to Pixalate’s CTV & Mobile App Manual Reviews According to COPPA, a series containing the detailed factors the Trust & Safety Advisory Board educators used to assess an app’s child-directedness.
The educators manually review thousands of mobile apps available in the Google Play & Apple App Stores as well as connected TV (CTV) apps from the Roku Channel Store and Amazon Fire TV App Store using the COPPA Rule factors shown below & make those results available to the public at ratings.pixalate.com.
This post takes a look at a popular game (1 million+ downloads) from the Google Play and Apple App Stores. Our reviewer discusses how the subjective factors set forth in the COPPA Rule apply to the app and factor into the reviewer's determination as to whether the app is child-directed or general audience (i.e., it is not targeting children).
Manually reviewed in this post
The 10 COPPA Rule factors
The teacher will indicate the factors they relied upon in their assessment using the 10 factors shown below that reflect the 10 child-directed factors in the COPPA Rule.
Reviewed by: Crystal Pearson
Manual Review: Tap Color Pro: Color by Number
Likely audience after manual review
- Developer: Tap Color Studio
- Bundle ID: coloring.color.number.happy.paint.art.drawing.puzzle
- Crystal’s Take: Stimulating, colorful game centered on coloring by number using animals, kids, animations, and nature.
COPPA factors used to determine audience
The gameplay screenshots for Tap Color Pro: Color by Number have visual content directed to children. These include coloring pages with images of childlike animals and nature friendly pages that would appeal to children. The subject matter would also appeal to children as well as adults. The app store description says, “Animal: cute dogs & cats, birds, and eagles, all kinds of wild animals you want to color.”
During gameplay, there are numerous ads that are displayed at the bottom of the page while coloring. The ads are, "Pandora and Huggies”. This advertising would appeal to a general adult audience.
This game is rated E for Everyone in the Google Play Store and 4+ in the Apple store. There is no age gate. The app shows evidence that children use the app. In November 2022, a reviewer said, “My grandkids love to click on the butterfly because they like the more complicated pictures that you have.” The coloring pages are visually appealing to a mixed audience.
Screenshots of Tap Color Pro: Color by Number:
About Pixalate’s Trust & Safety Advisory Board
Pixalate’s Trust and Safety Advisory Board was created to bring in individuals with experience using child-directed apps in the classroom to review and assess which apps are child-directed. This manual review process serves to quality check Pixalate’s automated review process. See our full methodology for more information.
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