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Triller: Social Video Platform
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
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What's it about?
TRILLER: SOCIAL VIDEO PLATFORM is a video creation app that lets users create and edit short videos and post them within the app and to other social media platforms. It lets users browse user-created videos by categories such as music, fitness, lifestyle, etc., or search via hashtag. Registration requires connection to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or a phone number or valid email account (email must be verified before users can post or comment on videos). The app uses mobile devices' cameras and phones to record video and gives users simple video and audio editing tools to customize their footage. Users can Follow other creators, comment on or Like their videos, message other users directly, or “support” their favorite users by sending gifts in the form of in-app currency.
Is it any good?
This app's motto is, “Post videos, make friends, be famous” which plays to their target teen audience, but in the end it's just another video-sharing platform without much concern for kids' safety. Triller: Social Video Platform has what most video creation apps have: simple recording and editing tools, a few filters and effects, and the ability to add text, emojis and hand-drawn graphics to videos. If you want, you can use music from other people's videos and/or “collaborate” with them by altering their videos to create something new. There's nothing stand-out about the app's set up, and in fact, some of its functionality is hidden in strange places. Overall, though, the functionality is about what you'd expect.
Other than somewhat limited video editing tools, the app's main problem—at least as far as kids go—is safety. It's all too easy to find suggestive content (half-dressed young girls doing suggestive dances), which also happens on apps like TikTok. What's different, though, is that there's also content showing people smoking, drinking, and using drugs. Hashtags include things like “suicide,” “porn,” and “cutting,” and user names and bios are often obscene. Also, built-in links to users' Instagram accounts could contain additional inappropriate imagery or content -- and offer more connection to strangers. If kids keep their profiles and projects public, there's the possibility they'll get mean comments or predatory messages. On the up side, you can make kids' accounts private. Making accounts private won't protect kids from this app's message however: that everything in life is a performance that must be validated by Followers and Likes. All things considered, Triller: Social Video Platform isn't something kids really need, and for more impressionable and trusting kids, could even be dangerous.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about online fame using apps like Triller: Social Video Platform. Why is celebrity so important to people? What are the pros and cons of being an online performer?
Think about posting every little thing online. Do you need to post experiences online in order to enjoy them? What are the impacts of posting lots of information online?
Discuss why people "Like" (or don't like) things online. Could there be other reasons (other than actual dislike) people don't like your post?
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