Hyper - videos worth watching

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Slick delivery of unfiltered videos for older teens.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Just tap to watch a video and swipe left to skip a video, right to save, down to close.

Violence

There is no way to filter video content to limit it to only videos that are kid-appropriate, so whatever Hyper curators choose to post is what kids will see. Some videos posted on the day of this review -- political violence, a man falling from the Twin Towers on 9/11 -- may be very disturbing to young viewers. Some videos also included comedy related to people hitting each other and fighting.

Sex

There is no way to filter video content to limit it to only videos that are kid-appropriate, so whatever Hyper curators choose to post is what kids will see. Sex-related videos posted on the day of this review included: "Actors Who Really Had Sex on Camera," "Porno Banana Video," and "People Try: VR Porn." Partial nudity in some videos.

Language

There is no way to filter video content to limit it to only videos that are kid-appropriate, so whatever Hyper curators choose to post is what kids will see. Swear words observed during this review included "f--k"," hell," "ass," "bitch."

Consumerism

Media brand logos posted on many videos; names of the video producers and more information about them can be viewed by tapping on a tab. Ads to subscribe to various social media are posted in the middle of some videos.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There is no way to filter video content to limit it to only videos that are kid-appropriate, so whatever Hyper curators choose to post is what kids will see. One video during time of review featured a discussion about marijuana.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hyper - videos worth watching is an internet video-curation app that includes a significant amount of not-for-kids video content. New videos from around the internet -- with a wide variety of subject matter including war violence, politics, sex-related comedy, tech news, science, and more -- are posted hourly. There is no way to filter video content or limit it to videos that are kid-appropriate. 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?

Tap to watch, swipe left to skip, swipe right to save, and swipe down to close on HYPER - VIDEOS WORTH WATCHING. Each video comes with a text headline, the video time length, the video's source, and a brief introduction so viewers can get a peek into what they'll see if they tap to view. You can pause videos, save videos to make a "playlist," and share via numerous methods. Tap the icon on the far left to view more details of the video and information about who created it. At times, ads for social media appear. Users must wait for new videos to be posted if they've swiped through all current posted daily content. There are no filters and no search capability.

Is it any good?

The idea of curated, daily videos is genius, but the videos on this app are often inappropriate for kids, and a bit more control over content would be helpful for all. It's unfortunate that Hyper - videos worth watching doesn't include kid and teen versions, because an app like this could be an excellent way for kids and parents to sort through the thousands of videos posted online daily. The developer's terms of service indicate users must be at least 13, and it essentially spells out that it's not selecting content with people under 18 in mind ("We cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to Content that is inaccurate, indecent, offensive objectionable, inappropriate for children, or otherwise unsuited to your purpose."). Though most videos are relatively tame, there are some with racy and upsetting content, and almost all the videos are really intended for adult interests. As it stands, it's a solid app for adults but isn't for kids or younger teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Hyper - videos worth watching is selecting certain videos for a specific audience, not a general audience that includes kids. What are some subjects your kid would like to see videos about regularly? Find out if you can subscribe to related video sources directly.

  • If your teen is already using the app, discuss with them what content you find appropriate and inappropriate for them and (if they're going to keep the app) explain why it's important to you that they make good choices.

App details

For kids who love streaming videos

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