A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Viddy wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Kids could easily encounter profanity on Viddy, in both the videos and the user comments.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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