What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Versagram is a way for teens and tweens to create graphical text messages to send to one another without using traditional methods. Users type messages over colorful themes and post them to Instagram, a photo sharing site, where they can be viewed by people on their friends list. This allows kids to "text" friends without their parents being able to track them, and some kids use it as an alternative to communicating via Facebook or Twitter. Kids can also send the messages through Apple's iMessage.
What kids can learn
- digital creation
- social media
- using and applying technology
What Kids Can Learn
Versagram wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
What's it about?
Teens and tweens using Versagram type messages onto graphical screens and post them on the photo-sharing service Instagram or send them to recipients using Apple's iMessage service. They simply pick the background that suits their mood or the theme of their message and type what they have to say. Other backgrounds are available for nominal amounts. Some kids use Versagram as a way to skirt parental bans on Facebook, Twitter, and other social meda.
Is it any good?
There's nothing inherently wrong with Versagram; the app itself is simply a way to more colorfully express thoughts. But it has quickly become a popular workaround for kids whose parents restrict their social media usage. By sharing the messages they create through the Instagram app, they're able to share details of their lives (and sometimes much more than they should).