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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 ...
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?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others, storytelling
Arts: acting, drawing, film
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
Emotional Development: empathy
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, honoring the community, respect for others
Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (in-app purchases for content and $6.99/month or $24.99 for six months premium subscription)
- Release date: July 26, 2017
- Category: Photo & Video
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship
- Size: 82.60 MB
- Publisher: Storytime Studios, Inc.
- Version: 2.5
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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