A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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What's it about?
DISNEY LOL is a collection of Disney-produced GIFs and still images with clever titles and Disney quizzes. Kids choose from categories such as "fun," "cute," or "fail" and swipe to the side to browse through content. Videos start looping immediately, but kids have to tap the screen to activate the audio. When kids find something they like, they can copy it to paste in a text or an email and share it with friends, download it to the device's camera roll, and/or save it to the in-app "favorites" collection. Ads for Disney-related content pops up in the feed every few minutes, and kids can opt to buy and download other Disney apps without a parent gate.
Is it any good?
Though the content is kid-friendly and all Disney-related, the ads, access to downloads and purchases, and never-ending swipe-through might make this questionable for kids. Everything Disney is fair game here, from old animated classics to the most modern creations. And kids who want to express themselves through the latest social trends should find a Disney safe space to do so here. Though using the app and sharing content with friends is pretty easy, a few glitches get in the way. Having to tap on a video to start the audio is a sanity-saving feature, but those audio tracks don't always activate when they should, and the app sometimes freezes. Also, if kids don't mark what they like when you see it, it can be hard to find again. It would be nice to be able to see thumbnails rather than having to swipe through everything to make it easier to browse through content. Also, the advertising and lack of parent controls isn't ideal for kids, and the endless stream of content might make it hard for kids to put their devices down. For big kids who just want to share some funny stuff with friends, this app might do the trick, but its overall commercial interests put a damper on the Disney magic.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the appeal of endlessly looping short videos and whatever limits you might have for viewing them. Why are they fun? Would they be more or less interesting if they were longer?
Swipe through the content together with your kids. Ask them what they enjoy and why they find it funny or entertaining. Can you relate to any of the thoughts expressed in the text cleverly paired with images?
Talk about the Disney empire and why this app might feature Disney-only content. Do Disney characters and themes make the content more or less appealing? Does it make you more likely to be interested in other Disney products?
Discuss your rules around in-app purchases. Is it OK to download other Disney apps? Does it matter if they're free?
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