Keek Social Video Network

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Short clips of talent; fun, iffy content; public by default.

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Ease of Play

Creating and sharing a video is easy. The whole process will be very intuitive for teens used to social media commenting and favoriting.

Violence

The community guidelines prohibit content that involves animal abuse, graphic or gratuitous violence. Teens can flag videos with violent content that violates the community guidelines, and they can block the posters.

Sex

The community guidelines prohibit sexually explicit videos and nudity. Several usernames include "XXX," and teens accounts are public by default, which means they may receive follow requests from those users.

Language

Some videos contain a full arsenal of language that some may find offensive.

Consumerism

Commercial accounts include ads that show up in user feeds. Pop-up ads are visible at the tops of the pages too.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Community guidelines prohibit illegal activities such as teen drinking and drug use. Users can flag posts that violate the agreement.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Keek Social Video Network is a social video service that lets users broadcast 36-second videos. Teens must be at least 13 to use the site, creating an account with a username, password, and birth date, though they also can add a full name, a profile image, and other information. Teens also can log in via Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus accounts. Note that accounts are set to public by default, so new subscriber information and any videos posted are visible to everyone unless (or until) the account is set to private in the settings. Teens can block other users and flag inappropriate content and have the option to create a mPoints account and earn points that can be redeemed for gift cards by watching videos, reviewing content, or completing other actions.

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What's it about?

Create an account in KEEK SOCIAL VIDEO NETWORK by connecting through Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus or create a username and password and enter a birth date. As with Vine, teens then can browse a video stream of those they're following or videos that are trending, popular, or recently uploaded, but these videos are significantly longer at 36 seconds. Teens also can send private messages to other users. Following a user puts their videos into your feed; subscribing sends notifications when they post. Teens can like, comment on, or share the videos either to their own Keek feeds or to Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook or by SMS or email; videos are searchable by keyword or hashtag.

Is it any good?

At 36 seconds, these videos pack more entertainment and narrative than shorter social videos, but content and privacy are still an issue for teens. Content varies widely, from truly talented aspiring musicians to trashy wannabe porn stars. Parents and teens should be aware that accounts are set to public by default, and the private messages start rolling in pretty quickly asking for a "follow." Teens will have to go into the settings to change their accounts to private. Teens can block users and flag objectionable content, and the community guidelines are pretty clear and seem to be enforced. Though there's lots of cool stuff in addition to all manner of iffy, this is one parents will want to keep an eye on, especially for younger teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about safe video sharing and how teens can participate safely. Use Instagram or Vine? Read 5 Things to Know if Kids Are Sharing Videos together and discuss.

  • Remind teens that there is no reason to include their full names in their profiles and to be careful about giving out too much personal information. Better yet, encourage them to set their accounts to private if they post any personal information at all.

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