GIPHY World: AR GIFs + Stickers

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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No filter makes this AR app a no-go for younger teens.

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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

Takes some getting used to -- how to place and size the GIFs or stickers onto the real-world scene through your device's camera. Unless posting on social media, images and recordings can be sent directly only to other GIPHY World: AR GIFs + Stickers app users.

Violence

Horror, fear, and violent themes in some GIFs and stickers, including guns and physical fighting by real people.

Sex

Some GIFs contain highly sexualized images, sex-related words, and suggestive scenes. No nudity observed in GIFs during this review.

Language

Some GIFs and stickers contain profanity, including "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "damn," "hell," "pissed" "poop," and more.

Consumerism

Movie scenes, celebrities, professional athletes, and some brands promoted on some GIFs.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some GIFs and stickers contain drug and alcohol use, including video images of celebrities smoking pot and people drinking alcohol to extreme excess.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that GIPHY World: AR GIFs + Stickers is an augmented reality (AR) app for creating real-world scenes that contain GIFs and stickers by using your device's camera and the app. The content in the GIFs and stickers varies tremendously; some are kid-friendly, while others include sexual, violent, substance-related content, and swearing that's inappropriate for kids and younger teens. At the time of this review, GIPHY World: AR GIFs + Stickers didn't have a filter to prevent kids from viewing GIFs with adult content. The terms of use say that GIPHY World users must be at least 13, and if users are between 13 and 17, their parent or guardian must read and agree to the terms. 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?

To use GIPHY WORLD: AR GIFS + STICKERS, first tap "Show Me Around" to view the tutorial. Allow the app to access your camera. View the sample scene. Point your device in the direction of the scene to which you want to add GIFs or stickers. Tap Search GIFs or Search Stickers and type in the theme you want. Then choose and tap a GIF to add it to a scene, or tap and hold it to draw it in the air. Tap Share to share via text, email, or social media (the person you're sharing it with must have iOS 11 and this app).

Is it any good?

With limited uses and clunky design, this AR app is mostly a novelty. If you have a burning desire to put an image of a spinning taco on your cat's head or to look like you're sharing a glass of wine with a celebrity, this app is a winner. Otherwise, GIPHY World: AR GIFs + Stickers might offer limited fun. If GIPHY World included a filter to make only kid- and teen-friendly content available (and had smoother use), this app may be a fun way for kids and teens to play with AR and collaborate with friends by sharing scenes that they can add their own ideas to. For now, though, the exposure to inappropriate content makes GIPHY World a no-go for all but the oldest teens who can wade through the junk with a discerning eye.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why they like using GIPHY World: AR GIFs + Stickers. Read Common Sense Media's Why bots, GIFs, and emojis are your kid's new BFFs.

  • Use the app yourself and view some of the GIF and sticker choices. Talk to your teen about how the images they choose to use may send an unintentional or incorrect message about their values or choice of humor.

  • Suggest some questions for your teen to think about before they hit Send on an image. For example, is this funny, or funny at someone else's expense? Could this be perceived as bullying? Talk about some ways that GIFs may cross the line into too suggestive, crude, or violent to send.

App details

For kids who love social networking and humor

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