Cheez - Short Funny Videos

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Simple video maker entertains and has iffy content.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Somewhat nonintuitive interface slows content creation. 

Violence

App contains no violence, but user-created content could. 

Sex

User-created content can contain suggestive dress, talk, action. 

Language

None in the app; user-created content could contain bad language, potty humor.

Consumerism

Contests award users prizes and currency that can be turned into cash, and users can pay creators with bitcoin.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

None in the app; user-created content could create references to alcohol, drug, and tobacco use. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cheez – Short Funny Videos is a freemium app that lets you record short (17-second) videos and share them on social media. Content is entirely user-created and can contain sexual content, swearing, and references to drugs, smoking, and alcohol. Users sign up through an existing social media account, so whatever name they use on that platform is the profile name in Cheez, though you can change it. There's no direct messaging or "friending," but users can like and comment on videos and follow other users. Frequent contest prompts urge users to submit videos of themselves pulling stunts (like singing in public places) or performing in order to win cash prizes. Read the app's privacy policy for details on the kinds of information collected and shared. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byThegingerqueen13 September 24, 2018

Make Money By Creating and Interacting

The app's homepage is laid out by popular video trends ("challenges", which can be made by either the app itself or users on it, allowing for a v... Continue reading
Adult Written byChrisjr July 5, 2018

Cheez

I think it good because they get to know the outside world
Teen, 15 years old Written byBro J May 29, 2018

What's it about?

CHEEZ - SHORT FUNNY VIDEOS is a video creation app that lets users record themselves performing, telling jokes, performing stunts, or dancing, and then share those recordings on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. First, you sign up via an existing social media account, and whatever name is used on that platform becomes your profile name, though you can change it. Users can create profiles with photo, location, and description, and then browse and search existing content. Videos can be liked and commented on, and the most popular videos can be promoted within special categories. The app's developer frequently holds contests with cash prizes; users enter by creating and sharing videos. 

Is it any good?

This popular video app might be the flavor of the month for attention-hungry teens, but in truth doesn't improve on similar, previously-released apps. Its interface is simplistic and not intuitive, and its features and effects are underwhelming. The cleverest users will no doubt find ways to make the simple tools work for them, but many will likely grow tired of their limitations. On the bright side, browsing and commenting on videos is easy, and there's plenty of content to look through. As in most user-created arenas, the quality of that content varies widely and can contain iffy content meant for teens and adults, though there are plenty of kids already using the app. A good number of videos include young women in sexy clothes doing provocative dance moves, and plenty of others seem to suggest unsafe behavior as a means to growing your fan base. Still, there's a goodly amount of harmless foolishness to enjoy (including a simple dance-off game) and genuine talent to discover. Like Musical.ly, it provides plenty of opportunities for contact with strangers, access to iffy content, and pushes for self-promotion, so it's best for older teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using social media safely. Are there limits to what you should do to gain online likes and followers on Cheez - Short Funny Videos? 

  • Discuss the value of online recognition. Likes and getting followers can feel good, but what are the things that really measure a person's worth and well-being?

  • Think about why you want to present yourself online. Are you looking for compliments? Seeking to make new friends? Or a monetary reward? 

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