A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that kids can use Flipagram as a digital storytelling tool or to showcase their work. Consider creating a video story of a recent family trip, making simple animations, and bringing still images to life -- the possibilities are endless. Flipagram doesn't provide any tutorials, but there’s a vast community of people creating through this app. Note: Flipagram encourages kids to explore their Instagram accounts to see projects from others in the community. Of course, this opens up the potential for practicing digital citizenship skills, and some parents may be concerned about sending kids out into the wild.
- Parents say
- Kids say
Flipagram is a awful app. To post up a video it takes forever and when I leave the app for one minute and go back my video delete.
What's it about?
FLIPAGRAM organizes all your photos into neat categories such as people, places, and times. Flip through your photos, select your "moments," add your own music or narration, set the animation speed, and share your story. Sharing features include email, social media, or simply the ability to save to your camera roll. Photo slide shows are automatically stored in your private gallery and make it easy for kids to reference all the pieces they've created. Although Flipagram doesn't provide tutorials, the tools are fairly intuitive. The overall experience is free, but prompts offer an upgrade to remove the Flipagram watermark for an in-app purchase.
Is it any good?
There's a lot of potential for kids to showcase their photo and video skills with Flipagram. Making animated slide shows used to be tedious -- slowly framing and photographing image after image. Flipagram demystifies that process and helps kids understand animation basics. Kids who want to go beyond the basics will need to look elsewhere for a more sophisticated tool, but this is a great starting point.
However, there's an aspect that holds a lot of potential for inappropriate sharing; there's an emphasis on sharing creations through social media, with prompts to post to a variety of accounts, including Instagram. But if you have an eye on your kids' social media accounts, your older teens could certainly learn from seeing how others use the app and get new ideas for their own Flipagram projects.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what content is safe to share on the Internet. Is it important to share every picture, or are there some you want to keep private?
Talk about why people like to share memories and experiences. Do photos capture the essence of activities better than, say, a journal entry?
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