SKIT! Kids - Video Maker

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Social media storytelling in safe space for tweens.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational value

SKIT! Kids - Video Maker is more of a tool than an educational app, but it does encourage kids to express themselves clearly and to listen to others. It's a good starter social media site for creative kids and could be used as a tool for creating classroom assignments. 

Ease of play

Video tutorial gets kids started, but many features are tucked into menus that may not be intuitive. A more thorough tutorial/walkthrough would be useful.

Violence

Community guidelines specify that content "should not show someone being physically hurt, attacked, or humiliated." Also bans hate speech. Despite moderated content, kids may find some content that has mean behavior, mild violence, weapons, etc. Kids can report content that they feel breaks the community guidelines.

Sex

Community guidelines specify that sexual content shouldn't pass PG-13 appropriateness, and content is moderated. Some animated characters in skimpy clothing (i.e., anime) and images depicting kissing and romance.

Language

Profanity is against the community guidelines, as is hate speech and bullying. Expect language like "damn" or "butt" and put-downs, like calling someone "stupid" within the context of a story. Language filter for comments and moderation in place for Skits. Kids can report language they believe goes against community guidelines.

Consumerism

Coins earned via app, in-app purchase, or subscription can purchase additional content (characters, backgrounds, special effects) to use in their Skits. No parent gate for purchases. 

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Drug use, underage smoking, and underage drinking are all against the community guidelines. While it may be possible for drinking and smoking to appear in a Skit until reported, none observed during review.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SKIT! Kids - Video Maker is a cross between a creative tool and a social media platform. Kids create animated "Skits" and publish them. Other kids can comment on the Skits or even download and remix them into their own content. There's a lot of pressure to promote the app, either through social media or inviting friends, and there are contests to win premium access for inviting a certain number of friends to try it. Kids may also feel some pressure to purchase in-game currency to use for characters and props, but there are plenty of free options, either through the game (Pixabay and Giphy) or as an upload from the device. Since other users can remix Skits into their own content, kids should consider whether they would be comfortable having their own drawings, pictures, and voice appearing in someone else's Skit. It aims to be a safe space for kids by using filters and live moderators to keep content appropriate, though some kids might want to be able to turn comments off. The community guidelines outline what is -- and is not -- appropriate for posting, either in Skits or in a comment, and only mild language, violence, and sexy stuff were in posted Skits (clingy clothes, kissing, name calling, weapons). Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared. 

User Reviews

Adult Written byJoshua C. January 3, 2018

This is the best for kids every kid should have it

This is very good it keeps kids happy and make frends
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2018

I love SKIT!

SKIT is a really good app, you can record your voice and move your own characters to make a skit! It is VERY safe and i recommend you let your child get!

What's it about?

SKIT! KIDS - VIDEO MAKER is a tool for kids to create their own animated videos, or Skits. It's also a social media platform where kids can share their Skits and interact with each other. The basic tool is simple to use: Kids choose a character and background, press record, and move the character around on screen to capture the movement. If they are feeling inspired, they might provide the voice acting as well. There aren't a lot of fancy editing tools, so each scene is best done in one take. Once the Skit is done, kids publish it and wait to see if other kids comment on it or like it. To help kids get started, the app provides prompts and Skit Types like meme or video game. As kids create more content and interact with each other, they have the opportunity to earn coins to use in the shop. There they'll find a wide assortment of backgrounds, characters, sound effects, special effects, etc. There are plenty of free options to get started, which is good, because the paid options add up quickly. In addition to provided content, kids can browse filtered Pixabay and Giphy content to use in their Skits or upload content from their device. If kids find a Skit they especially like, they might download and remix it with their own spin on things. 

Is it any good?

For kids who want to express themselves through animation, this is a creative choice for sharing and connecting with others. The free version of SKIT! Kids - Video Maker is robust enough to create a lot of content with only limits to the length of the Skit and some profile customization. It doesn't just feel like an ad for a paid app as some titles do, but there is certainly some pressure to purchase coins in order to get cool animated special effects and props. Thankfully, there's a nice vibe about SKIT! Kids; the community guidelines and the users themselves give a feeling of support and a sense of community. If anything's amiss, it's a lack of transparency in some places about free vs. paid items, pressure to invite friends and promote the app, and the lack of a more advanced tutorial for those who would prefer it. Also, the ability to turn off comments might help timid kids (and parents) feel safer. Other than that, it's a great space for tweens who just want a creative outlet but may not be ready for or interested in their own YouTube channel.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about social media. What are your family's rules about sharing online? What is or is not appropriate? How do those align with SKIT! Kids - Video Maker's community guidelines?

  • Talk about storytelling. How can you tell an engaging story, whether it be fiction or nonfiction? What are things you look for in a video?

  • Discuss in-app purchases and how/if kids can request purchases from an adult. What are the family rules?

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