A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
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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.
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