Viddy

Common Sense Media says

Video creation app fun to use but has real privacy concerns.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Using Viddy is fairly intuitive, especially for users familiar with other media sharing apps like Instagram. Users create a unique Viddy account or use Facebook or Twitter to log in. From the settings menu, users will find options to add friends, edit profile, download additional effects and soundtracks, configure linked networks like Facebook, set up notifications, modify privacy settings, and visit the help center. Users create videos using the in-app camera or by selecting a video from their own video library, then choose a cover image, add an effect and soundtrack, give the video a title and description, set or remove the location, and set sharing privacy. Users can also browse, comment on, and "like" popular videos or videos uploaded by friends.

Violence

Violent content exists on Viddy, though it is not widespread. Kids could come across clips showing weapons or scenes of real-life violence like fist fights. 

Sex

Sexual innuendo and sexually explicit language are fairly common in user comments and in certain videos. Though Viddy blocks videos depicting sex acts, kids still might encounter sexually suggestive videos. Videos and profile images depicting girls and women showing cleavage are also common. Viddy’s Terms of Service prohibits uploading pornography or obscene content. 

Language

Kids could easily encounter profanity on Viddy, in both the videos and the user comments.  

Consumerism

Though Viddy prohibits users from using its service for commercial endeavors, kids may come across videos promoting a commercial brand or celebrity.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Kids could come across videos or comments on Viddy that show or suggest the use of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. 

Privacy & safety

There are significant privacy concerns with Viddy. By default, profiles and uploaded videos are public, and location information is added to each video. From the account settings menu, users can switch their profile to private, which allows them to approve new followers and makes their profile information private. However, uploaded videos are still public by default. To limit sharing of videos and to remove location information, users must change the settings for each individual video with the editing options button before or after they upload. Additionally, users can completely disable location services for Viddy in the settings for their device. Sharing options for videos include no one, friends only, or public, though Viddy warns that even private videos will still be viewable in the public streams. Users can link their Viddy accounts to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr. When linked, the default setting shares all videos uploaded or watched on Viddy to the connected network.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Viddy is a popular platform for creating 15-second videos and sharing them with friends and strangers across multiple social networks. The app prohibits users under age 13 and requests parental consent for users ages 13 to 18. Though Viddy also prohibits videos with unlawful, excessively violent, or pornographic content, videos with mature content including drug use, violence, swearing, and sexually suggestive situations are easy to find. Users can flag videos for review, but there is no moderation of comments, where swearing and sexually suggestive language is common. All uploaded videos are public and include location information unless users modify the privacy settings. Review our Social Networking Tips for more on safe and responsible online behavior.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • film

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media
  • using and applying technology

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • film

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media
  • using and applying technology

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Wilkey Oh

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What's it about?

Viddy is both a video creation tool and a social network for sharing and watching user-generated videos. All users can browse or search public video streams, then watch, comment on, and “like” videos. To create professional-looking video clips, users add cool effects like retro or 3-D and choose a soundtrack from a set of music clips. Users can title their videos and create descriptions with hashtags for searching. Uploaded videos are public and include location information unless the user disables location services and edits privacy options.

Is it any good?

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VIDDY is like Instagram for video. It combines cool video editing tools with the social scene of Facebook, the #hashtags and tag streams of Twitter, and the viewer commentary of YouTube. It’s easy to make professional-looking video clips and share them across multiple social networks. Encoding and uploading the 15-second videos is fast, making the creation and sharing process instantly rewarding.

It's also fun to browse the video streams to see what people share; from a view of Hong Kong Harbor to a peek inside the studios of a popular radio station, many of these brief scenes of life can be inspiring. With more moderation of videos and comments, it could be a neat creative network for teens. As it is, Viddy is still a great free app with an easy-to-use, ad-free interface.    

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:May 29, 2012
Category:Social Networking
Size:33.90 MB
Publisher:Viddy, Inc.
Version:1.7.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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