DiscoKat

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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No-frills musical GIF library accepts user content.

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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

This isn't a complex experience, but with no search function, it can be slow finding exactly what you want. 

Violence

Some images and lyrics reference weapons and violence. 

Sex

Some suggestive dance moves and lyrics, as well as skimpy and revealing outfits. The app contains user-generated content, so this can change at any time. 

Language

Clips contain various curse words, including "sh*t." The app contains user-generated content, so this can change at any time. 

Consumerism

There are no ads, but GIF content may include product placements and/or popular franchises such as The Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

At the time of the review, there were images/references to drinking. Because this is partially user-generated content, it could change at any time. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DiscoKat is another title from the developers of TuneMoji. Where that app allows users to use song lyrics/musical performances to communicate their thoughts, this one pairs traditional GIFs with music. Users can submit their own choices via the website, so at least some of the content is user-generated. While the content seems less explicit than that in the sister app -- perhaps because the clips are shorter -- the fluidity of the GIF library means that could change at any time. Although slightly more tame, the GIFs still include sexy lyrics, revealing clothing, curse words, violent imagery, and references to and images of alcohol use and abuse. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

DISCOKAT provides a library of animated GIFs paired with music clips so users can express themselves via social media, texting, and the like. The GIF library is a scrolling list of thumbnails with appropriate hashtags. You can click on them to hear the full clips. After selecting, you can send them via email, messaging apps, and social media. There are no search features. Users can visit the DiscoKat website to upload their own content. 

Is it any good?

This straightforward musical GIF-sharing app doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but it gets the job done. While DiscoKat could use a search function and maybe a simple help feature, it's basically easy-to-use and there are no unnecessary features to distract from its basic function. Though there's not a huge library of content, it may be fun for users to submit their own for consideration. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about responsible communication using technology and how to avoid creating or engaging in digital drama. How can you use DiscoKat responsibly?

  • How do you like this app as compared with other apps you could use? If you had to choose the best use of your time on a screen, would you use this app over other apps on your device for communication? Why, or why not?

App details

For kids who love social networking and funny apps

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