A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
To record a video using VINE CAMERA, 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 Twitter or save it to your device's camera roll. Tap the icon at the bottom to reveal other photo tools that help you keep your camera level or turn on its flash. Users can share directly to Twitter.
Is it any good?
Though this beloved tool doesn't stand alone anymore, teens can still use it to make unique creations or iffy content and visit the website to see old Vines. Before its social media features were discontinued, Vine developed a unique community of people posting videos that are often creative, funny, and sometimes thought-provoking. Although you can no longer upload new videos using Vine Camera, old posts are still available at Vine.co. People can browse and search videos on that site through a web browser. If teens do browse the archived videos online, they'll find that Vine videos 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. Though there's a lot of humorous, clever expression, much of it isn't appropriate for kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why Vine Camera is fun for teens and how they want to use it. Be honest about your concerns and talk about your rules. What is okay to post? What could be hurtful or embarrassing?
Talk about ways you can use this video app creatively. What can you film in six seconds? What kind of story can you tell?
If you do visit Vine.co with your teens, watch some random videos with your kid to see what comes up. Discuss the content you see.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- 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
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: January 2, 2015
- Category: Social Networking
- Size: 26.30 MB
- Publisher: Vine Labs, Inc.
- Version: 3.1.5
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
For kids who love creativity and being social
Our editors recommend
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.