A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the Dubsmash terms of service advise parents that the app is not intended for users under 18, and users must be at least 14 to register (an email address and a date of birth are required to sign up.) The prerecorded sound bites available for dubbing do include topics and language not suitable for kids: "pick up lines,""hangover"-themed quotes, and pretty much any bad word you can imagine from "hell" to "f--k" and everything in between. Once teens have created their Dubsmash, they can save it to the camera roll, share it via Messenger, Whatsapp Messenger, or iMessage. Sound files, or Dubsmash sounds, can be shared publicly in the app, but the videos, called "my dubs," are not publicly viewable unless users share them publicly outside the app. Dozens of language options are available in settings.
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What's it about?
DUBSMASH is a selfie-video creator. Teens can create their own sound bites from songs or shows -- editing them by simply dragging the sound bar into place to start and end -- and save them to their personal library or share them with everyone. They then can use those clips or any of the hundreds of other available in the library to record themselves or their friends lip-synching. The Dubsmashes can be shared or saved to the camera roll and compiled using other video-editing apps. Sound bites are searchable by keyword or browsable by categories such as "Chick Flicks," "Office," and "Love."
Is it any good?
In a world of selfies and funny GIFs, Dubsmash is a sure hit. Creating sound bites is really easy, but the library of recordings is so extensive it's not even necessary to make your own. Much of the content is pretty raunchy -- with bad language and sexual innuendo -- so this is best for teens, as per the registration. When a teen sends a creations made with a friend from within the app, the friend will need to download the app to view it but can also save the video to the camera roll and share from there.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what's fun about lip-synching. What makes people want to use an app like this? Why can it be funny?
Help kids create their own sound bites for the sound board from their favorite songs or shows.
Parents can work with kids to create hilarious Dubsmashes, steering clear of inappropriate content.
For kids who love music and making digital creations
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