A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn to express themselves visually and create photo- and video-driven movies with music. Predetermined themes provide a background, which can help kids understand how to group and illustrate concepts; creating a title also provides practice with writing skills like clarity and brevity. Posting comments on other users' films can offer communication help. Magisto isn't exactly a crash course in moviemaking; kids do little of the customization, so it teaches them limited technical skills. Still, Magisto could be used for a fun art project with a dual purpose to show kids a new way to express their feelings.
The site subtly encourages creativity and self-expression.
Violence & Scariness
Videos generally don't feature graphic violence, but some feature motorbike and other stunts that could be dangerous. Select user comments have an angry, aggressive tone.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Comments include phrases like, "[y]ou are sexy." Videos on Magisto seem generally devoid of nudity, but typing Magisto and sex into a search engine like Google results in dozens of videos on YouTube with a "Created with Magisto" tagline and men and women gyrating. Google searches for Magisto and porn turn up extremely graphic YouTube clips.
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Some videos have dozens of comments that are completely swear-free. Other infractions range from iffy usernames like Butthead Fredrick to derogatory user comments with words like f--k and s--t.
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Products & Purchases
The site is essentially ad-free but offers two paid subscription plans.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Kids won't see frequent references, but a few clips mention drinking and drugs. One video, for example, includes shots of beer cans; in another video, a band performs a song that contains a marijuana reference.
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Parents Need to KnowParents need to know that Magisto is an online video editor. To create a movie, kids have to register; they're asked for their full name, email, and a password. With the free version, kids can create clips that are 15 minutes or less with up to 10 brief videos and five photos. To create longer clips, they'll need a paid Plus subscription, which lets them load up to 25 clips and 20 photos to create videos that are 25 minutes or less. A Pro subscription includes all of the above plus HD downloads for movies you create on the site.
Is It Any Good?
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.