Versagram

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Kids dress up messages -- and maybe skirt social media bans.

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Versagram wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. 

Ease of Play

Creating a customized image is as simple as typing the words onscreen. 

Violence
Sex

There is no sex in the app itself, but since it's an engine for user-generated content, it's possible others could post inappropriate content. 

Language

There is no offensive language in the app itself, but since it's an engine for user-generated content, it's possible others could post inappropriate content. 

Consumerism

Several "theme packs" with different backgrounds are available as in-app purchases at 99 cents each. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are no references to drinking or drugs in the app itself, but since it's an engine for user-generated content, it's possible others could post inappropriate content. 

What 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.

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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). 

For older users, who are already on Facebook and Twitter, it's an alternative way to underscore an expression, but not one you're likely to regularly use.  

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: March 3, 2012
  • Category: Other
  • Size: 1.50 MB
  • Publisher: Ian Broyles
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later

For kids who love documenting and sharing their lives

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