A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
FLIPPY - STAR IN FAMOUS CLIPS is a video app that lets users insert their own face into a brief video clip. You can upload your own clip or choose one from a series of collections in the app; they're arranged by content (movies, music, and viral videos) and themes, such as "romantic." Once you select a clip, you get to watch the video in Practice Mode as many times as you'd like, potentially to familiarize yourself with the lines or lyrics in the clip's audio. Then you hit the red Start button to record video of your face while lip-synching to the audio in the clip. Save your content to your device's camera roll and easily share it via several social networks and messaging apps. Clips also include a link to YouTube or the iTunes store, where content is available for purchase.
Is it any good?
If you're looking for a fun, kid-friendly way to remix content, keep looking, though it will be pretty fun for older teens. This app lets teens insert themselves into scenes filled with swearing, drinking, smoking, violence, and more. While there are some fun clips, there are far more clips that glorify risqué and harmful behavior. If there were a better way to sort out the tame from the wild, this app would have more potential for kids -- but as it is, it's a sprawling Wild West of user-generated and copyrighted content. It's almost impossible to tell what you're getting into when you select a clip: You might find extremely rough language, or you might find something pretty benign, and there's no system to flag content either way. Most importantly, the app's main feature -- inserting faces -- is a bit flawed since it sometimes crops out hair or chins, making the resulting clips more awkward-looking than especially funny. While it's neat that you can upload your own content, that tends to be pretty hard to do, and most users might find that feature more trouble than it's worth. In general, it can definitely provide some chuckles, and there's lots of content to explore, but a few more features and smoother execution would make it even more fun.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about your rules for privacy and social networks. Talk about when it's OK to share information and what kind of information should be kept private.
Before downloading, discuss your family's rules around profanity and sexual references in music and in movies. What are your teens allowed to watch and listen to? What kinds of videos can they post?
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