Masher

Common Sense Media says

Combine videos, photos, and music; best for Facebook users.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The positive message this site has the potential to offer kids is that they don't have to be cinematographers to create really cool video productions mixing music, video, and photos. Also, Masher's Code of Conduct is quite extensive and includes a lot of positive information on what kinds of content is inappropriate for sharing in an online social space (although the Code of Conduct isn't displayed as prominently as it could be).

Violence

None observed, although there is the potential because there are no filters or monitors. Any violent content found here would depend upon what users choose to include in photos, videos, or music included in their video mashups. That said, using any photos or videos in any creation on this site that involve harassing, threatening, hateful, or criminal behavior is against the site's Terms of Use and Code of Conduct; however, site creators are entitled but not obligated to review all mashups created.

Sex

None observed, although there is the potential because there are no filters or monitors. Any sexual content found here would depend upon what users choose to include in photos, videos, or music included in their video mashups. Using any photos or videos in any creation on this site that involve indecent, pornographic, or sexually explicit material is against the site's Terms of Use and Code of Conduct; however, site creators are entitled but not obligated to review all mashups created.

Language

None observed, although there is the potential because there are no filters or monitors. Any inappropriate language found here would depend upon what users choose to include in photos, videos, or music included in their video mashups. Site creators are entitled but not obligated to review all mashups created.

Consumerism

Masher is free and there are no premium-style paid memberships. There are ads but they aren't prominent.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

None observed, although there is the potential because there are no filters or monitors. Any images or lyrics featuring drugs, alcohol, or smoking found here would depend upon what users choose to include in photos, videos, or music included in their video mashups. Using any photos or videos in any creation on this site that involve illegal material is against the site's Terms of Use and Code of Conduct; however, site creators are entitled but not obligated to review all mashups created.

Privacy & safety

Name and email address are the only personal information required to sign up. Kids under 13 must have a parent's permission before using any of the interactive features, such as posting videos to Facebook, to the gallery, or to Twitter (although there's no way to check whether kids have actually received that permission). The Terms and Conditions warn kids not to give out any personally identifiable information via the videos they post and to always get permission from other people identified in the video before using their images. But those warning are buried in the Terms and not repeated in a prominent way on the site. In its Privacy Policy, Masher says it does not sell or share personal information with any third parties without the consent of users.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that teens can use MASHER to create video and music mashups and then post their creations to their Facebook profile. Teens can also Tweet the mashups, embed them in an email, and more. Masher can be a great tool for teens who like to take lots of videos and photos of themselves and their friends, who like to mix music around images to evoke a feeling, and who like to share their creations with other people -- that describes a lot of teens. All it takes is some video, photos, and music kids want to combine to tell a story, create a tech-savvy birthday card, or otherwise mashup different forms of expression into one creation. Users are encouraged to use the Facebook app version of Masher rather than the web-based version, which seems a bit buggy. Kids under 13 must get their parent's permission to use this site's interactive features.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others
  • storytelling

Arts

  • film
  • music

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • conveying messages effectively
  • friendship building

Responsibility & Ethics

  • respect for others
  • following codes of conduct

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Teens who like to take lots of pictures of themselves or their friends, or who like to make special photo presentations of events, will love the capabilities provided.

Learning Approach

This creative tool empowers teens to create fun content that they can watch, reflect on, edit, and adjust as much as they want prior to sharing publicly. Teens can receive feedback on from friends or other Masher users.

Support

The site provides a number of solid tutorials and templates to help spur teens' creativity and provide starter ideas. Teens can share their mashup videos on the site itself, or with friends via Facebook, Twitter, or email.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others
  • storytelling

Arts

  • film
  • music

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • conveying messages effectively
  • friendship building

Responsibility & Ethics

  • respect for others
  • following codes of conduct

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn 21st century multi-media storytelling through combining video, photo, audio, and writing their own text for the visual and audio elements. By conveying the message of the mashup effectively, teens can learn about how following codes of conduct in social media environments while making and sharing new digital creations can be friendship building and respectful of the online communities in which they are members. In addition to technical know-how, Masher offers the potential for many modern communication lessons for teens.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

First, Masher users must register for the site (or Facebook app, recommended) by providing their name and an email address. Then they can watch tutorials, browse the gallery of other people's video mashups, or create their own. It's as simple as dragging and dropping the video and photos you want to use, and adding music as well as text and visual effects. The themes, such as a birthday or holiday theme, can help kids get started with a bit of a template. When complete, kids can share their mashup video on the site itself, or with friends via Facebook, Twitter, or email.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

In its simplest form, Masher is sort of like a slide show set to music or a Power Point-style presentation created by combining photos, videos, and music. Kids who like to take lots of pictures of themselves or their friends, or who like to make special photo presentations of school years, sports team seasons, vacations, or other events, will love the capabilities provided by Masher. Most of the music and images already on the site as examples or that can be used as stock content aren't current and many kids won't want to use any content other than their own. Especially for Facebook users, Masher is an easy, useful, creative tool to bring music, photos, and video together to tell a personal story.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Mashers Code of Conduct and what sort of responsibility comes with making a new digital creation that may likely include images of other people. What are some ways your teen can check with friends if it's OK that they use videos or photos with them in them? What sorts of video or photos might embarrass others and not be OK to even suggest using?

  • Watch some of the videos already posted on Masher with your teen. Which ones do they like? Why? Encourage your teen to think about using this tool ethically and creatively.

Website details

Genre:Video Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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