A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
To use BYTE - CREATIVITY FIRST, you have to sign in using Apple or Google accounts. To create a six-second video, simply hold the record button down or do a series of quick cuts/scenes to create a story. Users can also import videos from their camera roll to edit and showcase. Once posted, the community can comment on the posts. There's also an option to participate in an online forum outside of the app, but there's no messaging within the app. Also, though you can block other users, you don't have much control over anything else, like comments.
Is it any good?
Just like the original Vine, this six-second video creator hosts a mixed bag of content, but it doesn't add anything new and might have trouble competing with similar apps (cough -- TikTok -- cough). While byte - creativity first is trying to steal audience away from that mega-popular app, it doesn't offer any new features to woo people over. The interface is largely the same. The tools are the same. But the audience is smaller. There's no built-in music to inspire users which might be less enticing to teens who are too young to remember the original Vine. And if you're hoping to escape the bot comments and fake accounts that have overrun Tik Tok, it's already too late for that.
Though there's no music with iffy lyrics built in to the app, a large number of users have embraced profanity, drug use, and crude humor to stand out. For instance, during review there were jokes about incest and masturbation, as well as 'pranks' that could hurt people in the real world. The comments encourage users to "Say Something Nice," but there was little evidence that people were following that advice. Comments are unregulated, as (apparently) is the video content. The lack of direct messaging within the app might ease some parents' concerns, but watch for the online forum where interaction happens. So, while it might eventually grow into a phenomenon like TikTok, and it lacks a few of the features that pain parents, it's still inappropriate for kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the line between humor and inappropriate behaviorin apps like byte - creativity first. While using swear words or making mature references might get someone more attention, what are the costs? Who might see these videos? Is there a way to have fun using it without creating mature content?
Talk about the difference between this app and other apps like it. How does the content compare? Do some have more risks over others? Why?
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