Parents' Guide to


By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Moviemaking made easy, with photos, videos, and music.

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Magisto, which was created by a scientist looking to organize photos into a short film after the birth of his first child, helps users create compelling, brief movies from uploaded video footage and photos. The tool is easy to use, but kids could stumble across a few roadblocks while making their movies. If users happen to get a length-related or other error message, they won't get much guidance on how to fix it; if they try to make a simple photo slide show, they'll quickly learn that they need to upload a combination of video clips and photos for the tool to work. Parents' biggest concern likely will involve the site's popular movies section. Although many movies center on tame content like kittens, kids could, in theory, come across inappropriate content. Because there's no easy way to search through the user-submitted videos, finding films with iffy images isn't all that easy; however, providing adult supervision can help ensure kids have a safe experience.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading : discussion, presenting to others, Arts : film, photography
  • Skills: Creativity : making new creations, Communication : conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression, Tech Skills : digital creation, social media
  • Genre: Creating
  • Pricing structure: Free, Paid
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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