What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What's it about?
Teens gather video from three sources: their in-app cameras, clips from their camera rolls, or clips borrowed from other MIXBIT users. Teens then can record, edit, and publish projects ranging from one second to one hour in length. Individual clips can be up to 16 seconds long. Final projects can contain up to 256 clips, totaling one hour. Clips are saved in-app and, if users are registered, to a Web-based MixBit account. MixBit lets teens freely borrow clips from other users and encourages sharing via Facebook and Twitter.
Is it any good?
This social video tool lets teens piece together original video clips with those from other users to create collaborative projects, but teens should always carefully consider before posting. The app shines in three ways: first, with its ability to handle longer video clips of up to 16 seconds; second, by letting teens stitch together up to an hour's worth of clips; and third, through its collaborative, mash-up approach to creating and sharing social videos. Teens can create projects in-app without a Web-based account, but they'll encounter the true powers (and possible pitfalls) of the app if they create one. Similarly, it's only from a Web-based account that teens can add borrowed clips to their own creations. There are no social community features in the app, so teens can't like, follow, or even comment on videos. There aren't even usernames associated with videos, only titles and hashtag keywords. Still, because teens can post to social media sites, it's always a good idea to have "the talk" about digital citizenship and the permanent nature of anything posted online.
The app's themes allow users to spice up projects with various professional-looking treatments. In-app video transitions can make for choppy, sometimes dizzying cuts. Still, MixBit is uniquely great for the ability to create long video projects, and the option to use other people's clips opens up worlds of possibilities for individual and collaborative expression.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the benefits and pitfalls of using social media. Check out Common Sense Media's Teens on Social Media report to find out why social media is such a big part of your teen's life.
Encourage teens to follow good Netiquette and consider allowing them a certain level of independence with MixBit. Help kids channel their creativity in positive and productive ways with Common Sense Media's Creating with Digital Media.
Encourage kids to produce postiive message in their videos. Emphasizing accountability can help kids think more critically about the media they produce and consume.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad|
|Subjects:||Arts: film, photography|
|Skills:||Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content |
Communication: multiple forms of expression, presenting
Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
|Release date:||August 9, 2013|
|Category:||Photo & Video|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 8.0 or later|