What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Vine is a social media app that lets you post and watch looping six-second video clips. Many of the videos are harmless, but parents need to be aware that Vine is full of content that is inappropriate for children. With the most basic creative searching, kids can find nudity, sex, drug use, offensive language, and more. There are plenty of cute, fun videos, a lot of sophomoric potty humor, and some clever, creative, artistic clips. There's also a direct message option for videos you want to share with just one person (or a few people), not with the world.
What kids can learn
- making new creations
- producing new content
- conveying messages effectively
- social media
- using and applying technology
- digital creation
What Kids Can Learn
While teens could use Vine as a creative tool, we don't recommend it for learning because of the mature content that's easy to encounter.
What's it about?
To post a video, simply hold your finger on the screen. Lift to stop the recording. After you've recorded your six seconds of video, it just takes a few taps to post it to VINE, Twitter, or Facebook. There's also a direct message option for videos you want to share one-on-one. Choose "Explore" to see popular videos and and to view by category (comedy, music, Special FX, etc.) You can also search on your own for videos by user or by hashtag. While typing in obvious hashtags for objectionable content blocks the results, it doesn't take long to find another word or phrase that will bring it onto the screen. Users can also comment on people's videos and report inappropriate videos.
Is it any good?
Vine can be a lot of fun. The Twitter-owned service has developed a unique community of people posting videos that are often creative, funny, and sometimes thought-provoking. Videos on Vine run the gamut, from stop-motion videos of puzzles doing and undoing themselves, to six-second skits showing how a teen wakes up on a school day vs. waking up during the summer, to commentaries on a Miley Cyrus video delivered mainly through facial expressions.
There are also a lot of danger zones for kids; it's much too easy to find offensive content using this app. The app has upgraded its privacy settings somewhat and has tried to eliminate porn, but nudity, violence, and swearing are still prevalent. There's a lot of humorous, clever expression on Vine -- but much of it is not appropriate for kids.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why Vine is fun for kids and how your kids wants to use it. Be honest about your concerns and talk about your rules. What is okay to view? What is okay to post? How will you monitor your kid's use of Vine?
Swipe through some random videos with your kid to see what comes up. Discuss the content you see.