What parents need to know
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
- producing new content
- multiple forms of expression
- 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'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?
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.