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What's it about?
MAVERICK – SOCIAL JUST FOR YOU is a social media app that provides girls with positive female role models in the interest of creating a supportive, empowering environment for young girls to express their individuality and achievements. Role models are either "Founding Mavericks" -- social media stars and online tastemakers – or "Catalysts" -- movers and shakers in the Maverick community. They set challenges such as "Design a logo for yourself" or "Share what's inspiring you today" and provide starting points for users to create and contribute interesting content. The app has basic video and photo functionality with filters, text, and stickers, and users who complete challenges receive comments from fellow users and badges designating their posts as "Creative, Unique, Daring, and Unstoppable." Users can follow one another, and the app makes Follow suggestions in the form of "Mavericks you may know.”" If kids post, it's possible their posts could end up on other social media sites that partner with Maverick - Do Your Thing, but parents can send an email ([email protected]) to opt out.
Is it any good?
Thanks to its focus on community and safe, positive vibe, this is one of the best social media options in existence right now for Gen Z kids -- especially girls. While the developer states that all genders and gender identities are welcome, the user base consists overwhelmingly of girls ages 7-19. It has a definite leg-up on other similar social media apps that urge kids to post pictures or videos of themselves because it doesn't dangle monetary rewards, and its an all-ages, creative environment that encourages users to post more than makeup tips and pouty selfies.
The community's made up of a broad range of girls and young women so there's a nice mix of accomplishment and creativity, silliness and social activism to browse through. And thanks to some interesting role models – journalistic photographers, musicians, visual artists, fitness gurus, software engineers – girls seem more inclined to share what they can do, not just what they look like. Posting tools could be better: At present you can only post new images and videos because there's no way to post existing ones. But the app is new and developers promise new features in the future. One of those features could also add money into the mix in the form of premium subscriptions. As with any social app where people can show approval and comment, there's some risk of kids feeling bummed if they don't get badges or comments, but refreshingly, that pressure doesn't come from the app itself. Ultimately, Maverick - Social just for you creates a safe, positive space for girls to share, so it could become the go-to app for the next generation of role models.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Maverick - Social just for you is the same and different from other social media apps. What are some similarities? Differences?
Think about why people post things on social media. Is it to share information? To help someone? To show off? What's safe to share? Not safe?
Discuss how you can use social media to inspire and encourage others. What are some ways to spread good vibes on this app and other social apps you may use?
Families can talk about social media popularity. Does it feel important to get badges in this app or likes in other social apps? Why or why not?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Arts: choreography, dance, movement, music, painting, photography, playing, singing
Hobbies: fashion, sports
- Skills: Creativity: combining knowledge, innovation, making new creations, producing new content
Self-Direction: academic development, achieving goals, goal-setting, initiative, motivation, personal growth, work to achieve goals
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression, presenting
Collaboration: respecting other viewpoints
Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, following codes of conduct, honoring the community, respect for others
Tech Skills: digital creation, social media
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: April 27, 2018
- Category: Social Networking
- Size: 166.20 MB
- Publisher: Be Maverick Co.
- Version: 1.5.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
- Last updated: May 02, 2019
For kids who love social networking and creativity
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