Make and share DIY slideshows, but use privacy settings.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids can express themselves by creating photo- and text-based presentations (but that isn't necessarily the site's main intent).


Slideshows about school shootings, the Holocaust, and other topics feature some disturbing images.


Capzles on sex in the media, adult toys, and similar topics may not feature nudity -- but they include suggestive shots.


Swear words appear in a few slideshow titles (like Crazy F-----g Cats) and in a few image descriptions.


The Capzle classification categories include a company and brand listing, which contains slideshows on cars, furniture, and other products. The site also has movie trailers and behind-the-scenes clips.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Many slideshows focus on drug or alcohol education, but a couple of users have also uploaded cocktail photos and a review of a book on legalizing marijuana.

Privacy & safety

Teens need to change the settings to make each Capzle they upload private or for friends only; the default setting makes their creations public. It's also easy to reach out to users they don't know.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Capzles is a slideshow creation tool with a social networking component. Teens have to register on the site to make slideshows using photos, videos, audio, and other elements. They get a chance to be creative -- and the Capzle tool is fairly easy to figure out. However, parents may have some concerns about how their teens connect with other users. It’s very easy to "friend" and correspond with total strangers on the site.

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • storytelling
  • presenting to others


  • photography
  • music



  • producing new content
  • imagination


  • presenting
  • conveying messages effectively

Engagement, Approach, Support


It's easy and engaging to string photos and videos together with music and text to create virtual scrapbooks -- although maybe too easy. The site lacks much compelling content or examples.

Learning Approach

It's a fun and intuitive option for digital storytelling and presentations, but kids will need support to learn lasting skills. They get no feedback aside from user comments, and there's no demo or site description. 


Kids may learn a few things by watching the site's featured slideshows, but Capzles quality varies. User profiles list recent activity, creations, messages, and other items.


What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • storytelling
  • presenting to others


  • photography
  • music



  • producing new content
  • imagination


  • presenting
  • conveying messages effectively

Kids can learn to make multimedia presentations with photos, text, and music, reinforcing storytelling, artistic, and communication skills. The site encourages kids to be creative, which is great. But unfortunately, they don't get much design instruction, and the tool doesn't teach many tech skills that could be used outside of the site. Adding design best practice information, specific challenges, and feedback could help make its slideshow creation capabilities a stronger resource. Teens can create and view dynamic presentations, but the tool could use more guided instruction and high-quality examples.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

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What's it about?

CAPZLES lets users combine photos, videos, text, and audio into slideshows and share them with friends (and others). Capzle creations are listed by subject -- including topics like vacations, animals, and movies. The site seems to still be building its content base; searches turn up a fair amount of incomplete slideshows. However, the tool is easy to use and kids can express themselves creatively on the site -- provided parents can ensure they aren't friending random users or posting private content.

Is it any good?


CAPZLES bills itself as a social networking and story-telling website, which is a pretty accurate description. Teens can combine photos, videos, text, and music into explanatory slideshows, and share them with friends or the general public through the site or social media. Users can classify their creation using pre-determined subjects like fashion, clubs and organizations, vacations and travel, animals and nature, and people.

The site doesn't do much screening; slideshows appear immediately after you post them. However, much of the content seems to be instructional. Users have posted Capzles on historical topics like the Russian Revolution and cultural subjects like folk art. There are also a number of unfinished or blank slideshows, which can make the search process frustrating. However, teens are more likely to find content that deals with classic celebs or cars than really racy stuff. Still, parents may want to check their teen's account settings and sign up for a daily site activity digest to ensure their kids aren't publicly posting slideshows or e-mailing unknown users through the site.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the site lets you be creative -- but also lets you share projects, which anyone can see. What pictures or information should you avoid posting when making a slideshow? (For tips on keeping kids safe online, check out our guide.)

  • Capzles can explain topics by providing pictures and text. How can you illustrate concepts in a slideshow differently than you could in a book?

  • Chronological order is an important part of storytelling. If you're telling a story, does it have a beginning, middle, and end and make sense?

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