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Iffy content abounds on popular, clever video app.
Popular with kids

What parents need to know

Educational value

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.

Ease of play

The app is incredibly easy to use, whether recording and posting your own videos or finding and viewing others' videos.


Vine is populated by user-generated content, which can contain violent or simulated violent behavior. It was easy to find posts promoting guns, knives, and other weapons -- sometimes accompanied by children's music. There were also videos of fist fighting, both real and simulated.


There is still porn on Vine, but it is much less likely to show up during casual use. While some hashtags have been disabled, making it more challenging to find hardcore sexual content if you're looking for it, many posters work hard to get around the filters. Some posts appear with a warning ("This post may contain sensitive content. Tap to view."). Others contain no warning and will just start playing.


Vine is populated by user-generated content, which can (and often does) contain any form of strong language, including the "N" word and motherf----r.


User-generated content often contains name brands, and some companies also promote their brands on Vine

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The user-generated content on Vine sometimes celebrates drug and alcohol use -- particularly marijuana.

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'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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Subjects:Arts: film
Skills:Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
Communication: conveying messages effectively
Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:January 2, 2015
Category:Social Networking
Size:26.30 MB
Publisher:Vine Labs, Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 7.0 or later

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Adult Written byemmaceliaava June 13, 2013

Too much opportunity for abuse on Vine and no accountability for the company itself.

Vine in theory can be fun, but can be very easily abused. Anyone can follow your child, they don't need to get their request approved like on facebook or instagram. You dont know how many inapproprite people are viewing your child's innocent videos. You can create an account under a false name and do a lot of damage. Soeone sent naked male videos and lewd comments to my 13 yr old daughter and her friends, just by following them, the gross video showed up in their activity. Vine has been negligent in responding to reports of abuse. The video and account has been reported repeatedly and vine has yet to respond, over 2 weeks later. Vine has a lot of potential for fun, but too much potential for abuse and almost no restrictions. In order to block someone from your account you need to know where that option is "hidden". Vine does not appear to be run responsibly. They put it out there without planning for abuse and consequences.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 14 years old Written byCWG1 June 9, 2013

Bad, but can still have fun!!

This app is fun, but it is pretty bad.. If you look for humor you find it, but if you look for stuff like porn you will find it. It also has strong language. It has some mild violence. People are shown doing drugs such as "Weed" , and "Alcohol". If you are in search for bad stuff you find it. Places like the humor I haven't seen nudity just language and drugs. I would say so people 15 and up, but it is more if the parents trust them. If you are searching for porn it will be X rated stuff.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byalynichelle May 4, 2013

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Depends, if you're looking for something bad you will find it. If you're not, then nothing bad should ever show up.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns