Jumprope: How-to Videos

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Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Create and view cool how-tos; some have commercialism.

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Educational Value

Kids can explore a variety of categories, including crafts, art, food, beauty, fitness, wellness, dance, and tech. The how-to videos guide kids through each step of the process, providing written and visual prompts. They can share their expertise or creativity with others by creating, editing, and publishing their own how-to video using clear communication skills. 

Ease of Play

Easy to navigate. Kids interested in creating their own how-to can access a tutorial that explains how to go about creating it and using the platform's editing features to personalize it. 

Violence

Jumprope: How-to Videos is a platform where people can share openly. There are no user guidelines to ensure that violence is not included in what people publish. Users can report inappropriate content. 

Sex

People in videos may appear in revealing, tight, or sexy clothing. Users can report inappropriate content.  

Language

Jumprope: How-to Videos is a platform where people can share openly. There are no user guidelines to ensure that profanity is not included in what people publish. Users can report inappropriate content. 

Consumerism

The app is free; however, the how-tos require materials, some of which can be easily found in the home. Others require special purchase. Most how-tos include a "What You'll Need" page, which lists materials. Some creators include direct links to websites where certain things can be purchased. Some featured creators represent specific companies or products; their page includes their website and link to social media. Some creators promote certain brands, products. Viewers can also browse and tap on products that they want to see used in a how-to.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the how-to categories is dedicated to alcoholic beverages and mixology. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jumprope: How-to Videos is a photo and video app where kids can explore a wide variety of tutorials, recipes, routines, and other guide-type videos. Material is organized into 21 categories that include food, crafts, dance, fitness, parenting, beauty, baking, fashion, music, travel, and auto. Although most categories are appropriate for teens, the tutorials within the drinks category explicitly address mixology and promote alcoholic beverages. Within each category, kids will find a collection of how-to videos published by members of the Jumprope community. The how-to videos or guides often include a list of materials and step-by-step written directions accompanied by photos or video of each step. Some creators represent brands and include links to buy materials. Kids can also use the platform's template and editing features to create 25 of their own how-to videos and publish their work on the app or social media. The app also provides users a ready-to-use code to embed their how-to videos in their website or blog. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

JUMPROPE: HOW-TO VIDEOS provides a platform with a collection of tutorials and guides and offers a step-by-step template and common editing tools to create personal how-to videos. Kids create content by following the template prompts, which direct them to include materials, written steps, and video or photos that capture the procedure. Creators have the option of linking specific products using the shoppable format that then allows viewers to tap on a "buy" tab. This feature directs viewers to websites where they can purchase materials. When creating content, kids can use editing tools, which include filters and voice-over, to tweak their work. They can also personalize it with themes and background music. In addition to sharing within the creative Jumprope community, kids can also share their creations directly to a variety of social media platforms. They'll be able to choose platform-specific styles before exporting their video to social media.  

The home page is a continuous feed of featured creators, seasonal or popular how-to videos, and guides based on featured products. Kids can also search how-to videos based on categories. Kids have the option of tapping on the heart to like a Jumprope or share it via text, email, social media. They also have the option of bookmarking guides, which saves them to the library and makes them easier to find at a later time. Although there are no community guidelines or parental controls, viewers can report how-tos for inappropriate content or block certain creators. 

Is it any good?

Although the experience contains consumerism, kids will enjoy the variety of tutorials offered by this creative community and will find its easy-to-follow template and editing features a useful tool. Its categories represent a wide variety of interests. Kids who favor the arts will love the crafts, art, and photography guides. Kids who enjoy creativity in the kitchen will have fun exploring food and baking tutorials. There are even guides for kids who want to explore autos and tech. Although there's significant variety, families may find that not all categories are appropriate for kids or teens. The drinks category deals specifically with mixology, and some of the featured creators promote specific brands of alcoholic beverages. Most of the content promotes making drinks, and there is limited representation of consumption. There's heavy brand placement in some how-to videos and on the home feed. Some creators explicitly promote brands or products and include links to purchase. Some viewers may find this helpful, while others may find the experience too commercial. 

Overall, Jumprope: How-to Videos is a fun, engaging, easy-to-use tool that will inspire kids to share their expertise or interests with others through procedural videos. Currently, most of the people posting content are adults, but some teens may be inspired to take learning off-screen and try some of the how-tos for themselves. In addition to exploring their creative side, kids are subtlety encouraged by the app to practice procedural writing, refine video and/or photo techniques, and practice using editing tools to create unique and personalized content. Creators looking for a fuss-free and professional-looking procedural video to export to websites, blogs, or social media will find this app extremely helpful. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can brainstorm different ideas for guides when using Jumprope: How-to Videos. Consider unique family recipes, craft ideas, DIY projects, different art mediums, or dance routines. The app can also be used to document family outings or experiences in a fun way. Want to share the details of a specific experience with friends? Families can share everything from entrance cost to experience highlights using the Jumprope video template.  

  • Discuss family expectations for use of social media platforms. Although there isn't a messaging feature within the app, kids can message guides via text or email and can use the messaging features of social media apps to engage with others. They can also post directly to platforms with feeds that allow commenting. 

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