What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids can create and post video reviews of books, movies, shows, or other media or products and post it on KidzVuz. The site takes several measure to help ensure kids' safety, including requiring parental permission to set up accounts and reviewing each video before it's posted. Kids can comment on the videos, but each comment is also reviewed, and rude or inappropriate comments are not allowed. Kids can only set up an account with parental permission, and parents can email to request their kid's video be removed.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- conveying messages effectively
Responsibility & Ethics
- following codes of conduct
- respect for others
- digital creation
- evaluating media messages
Engagement, Approach, Support
Content created by kids to be viewed by kids is sure to be engaging. Plus, kids will certainly love the opportunity to write and upload their own reviews.
Kidzvuz is hands-on learning. Kids will see what works in other videos and transfer that knowledge to their own reviews. It's very social (but really safe!) and lets kids respond to each other in a helpful way.
What's it about?
Kids share their views on KIDZVUZ. They can view other kids' reviews and comment on them, add friends to their "hive," and earn badges by participating in different ways. Targeted for kids ages 7 to 12, KidzVuz requires a parent's approval for kids to create accounts. Kids can easily tape and post their own reviews on the iPad or iPhone, too. Every video and comment is reviewed by a real-life moderator (often a parent) to make sure no personal information is revealed and that the content is all appropriate.
Is it any good?
KidzVuz is a safe introduction to social media and video sharing for tweens. The app and website give kids a fun way to share their views about tech, toys, food, movies, TV, and more. The excellent moderation means that kids won't encounter inappropriate material or mean comments directed at users. Kids may even engage in a little healthy debate. For example, a review declaring Justin Bieber "the best singer of all time" landed the reviewer in the "most commented" list.
There's a lot to like with KidzVuz, but the app experience doesn't quite match the website. Navigation isn't always intuitive, and there are parts of the app (like the very-cool "Welcome to Film School tutorial" from the website) that don't work. Still, it's a great way for kids to practice forming and sharing opinions, and interacting safely and respectfully online.
Families can talk about...
This may be your tween's first interaction with social media. Go ahead and set and discuss your family's guidelines for what is appropriate and allowable to post and share.
Discuss with your tween who can view their video and comments and the importance of Internet safety.