TuneMoji – Share Reaction Videos with Music

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Entertaining video meme-maker isn't kid-friendly.

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Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

No help or tutorial, so while some people might easily navigate the app, otherwise may struggle to get started.

Violence

Video clips show some weapons and contain lyrics that reference violence. The lyrics are taken out of context of the whole song, so phrases like "I'm about to kill this bitch" stand out more than they might otherwise.

Sex

Videos include skimpy/sexy clothing and dance moves. Some lyrics explicitly reference sex and sexual acts, and others include innuendo. Some of the videos include simulated sexual acts, although there is no actual sex. 

Language

Many of the song lyrics contain four-letter words (a few songs basically just repeat the word "f--k") as well as other curse words, including repeated use of "motherf---er." There are other slurs and insults as well, such as "ho" and "bitch."

Consumerism

Brands appear in video content and/or receive mention in lyrics. Some of the videos also represent franchises, such as clips from movies or cartoons. Money and objects are frequently glorified.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, drugs, and smoking are repeatedly referenced, shown, and glorified. Some examples: "I like us better when we are wasted" and "I was gonna go to class before I got high." There are also repeated references to using drugs and alcohol to self-medicate.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that TuneMoji – Share Reaction Videos with Music allows kids to send short video memes to their contacts via various messaging apps including iMessage and other native text-messaging apps. Most of the video clips are from music videos, although there also are movie and cartoon clips and some other animated GIFs. Each short video is attached to a message, typically music lyrics, that is displayed as an overlay. There's plenty of cursing, including four-letter words such as "motherf---er." As is often true of pop music and videos, there are plenty of references to drugs, alcohol, violence, and sex/sexy behavior, including skimpy and revealing clothing. If you can see or hear it in a music video, you can see or hear it in this app, but it tends to be highlighted in only a few seconds of video and lyrics. It includes a range of music, from Abba and Simon & Garfunkel to Justin Bieber and Jason Derulo. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

TUNEMOJI – SHARE REACTION VIDEOS WITH MUSIC allows kids to use video memes to communicate with friends in their favorite messaging apps. Kids can search available video memes for just the right lyrics, browse by artist, or browse by hashtag ("#hangover," "#whatever," "#LOL," and the like) or emoji. They can preview the clip, find others by the same artist, favorite a clip, or, in some cases, watch the whole video on YouTube or other video services. When they find just the right message to convey their feelings, they select a contact and send it along. 

Is it any good?

This fairly simple video-meme form of communication is an addictive enhancement to old-school texting and chat. If you've ever thought of a song lyric that perfectly captured your feelings in the moment, TuneMoji – Share Reaction Videos with Music should make sense to you. Let James Blunt tell your girlfriend, "You're beautiful, it's true." Or have Ed Sheeran remind your BFF, "I'll pick you up when you're getting down." Teens are bound to love sending these clips to friends and probably won't mind getting one on occasion from Mom or Dad. The interface could use a little help to make it more user-friendly, but you can typically find what you want without too much hassle. Because of the racy images and lyrics, it isn't at all kid-friendly, but for the right audience it's a fun and silly way to get your message across.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about responsible communication using technology and how to avoid creating or engaging in digital drama. How can you use TuneMoji – Share Reaction Videos with Music responsibly?

  • How do you like this app as compared with other apps you could use? If you had to choose the best use of your time on a screen, would you pick this app over other apps on your device for communication? Why, or why not?

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