A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
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.
Kids can express themselves by creating photo- and text-based presentations (but that isn't necessarily the site's main intent).
Violence & Scariness
Slideshows about school shootings, the Holocaust, and other topics feature some disturbing images.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Capzles on sex in the media, adult toys, and similar topics may not feature nudity -- but they include suggestive shots.
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Swear words appear in a few slideshow titles (like Crazy F-----g Cats) and in a few image descriptions.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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