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What's it about?
In the LIP SYNC BATTLE APP, users can create a profile and create videos of themselves lip-synching to any song from the app's enormous music catalog. Once you pick a song, you can add Snapchat-style filters to adorn your face or decorate the background. Once you start recording, a few lines of the song appear on-screen, and the words appear in bold as you're supposed to sing them. You can choose to perform a short selection of a song or the whole thing. Once you've recorded a video, you can save it to your device, share it publicly on the app, or challenge a friend to a battle. When you create a profile, you can invite friends to create accounts to follow you, and you can follow other users, plus you can browse publicly shared videos and battles.
Is it any good?
Part karaoke game, part social network, this app is an amusing, but limited, way to create and share lip-synch videos. Some of the built-in features are strong: The filters are cool and pretty fun, and it's neat to have a taste of what it's like to compete head-to-head with another performer in your own lip-synch battle. Still, the app's features are limited, and it can feel clunky to browse other users' videos and view the battles. It's also hard to understand exactly who else can see your videos and who can rate them. The privacy settings aren't especially clear, and the sharing features aren't especially customizable. In some ways, this feels more like a way to extend the experience of the TV show rather than a rich way to create and share content. Plus, though the music library is extensive, it's still limited to premade music, and the app lacks the speedy, creative appeal of Musical.ly or the fun and flexibility of Dubsmash. Fans of the TV show can certainly check it out, but those other apps might hold more long-term appeal.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about your rules for privacy and social networks. Talk about when it's OK to share information and what kind of information should be kept private.
Before downloading, discuss your family's rules around profanity and sexual references in music. What are your teens allowed to listen to? What kinds of videos can they post?
Talk about songs that might be fun to lip-synch to. Think about what kinds of movements or dances might work well with the different filters available and the limited space available on camera.
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