Parents' Guide to


By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Video editor promotes media literacy, has no content filter.

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Specifically developed for educational purposes but usable by anyone, this online video-editing site allows for quick manipulation of media clips. Free and inviting, kids, teachers, and parents alike will quickly master the basic functions provided and will enjoy playing around with different fonts or fun sound effects for critical effect. Kids will learn the importance of using copyrighted work only in "transformative" ways, how to be critical and not simply observational, and how not to disparage products. MediaBreaker's nonprofit organization has other integrated initiatives as well that further help kids learn about media literacy and responsible media consumption. It's only downside is the fact that virtually any media can be used on the site, which risks chances that younger kids may see inappropriate content that's critiqued by older teen users. But if your kid is interested in becoming a savvy media observer and participant rather than a passive viewer, MediaBreaker could be an excellent tool used under supervision.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading : discussion, forming arguments, presenting to others, storytelling, text analysis, Social Studies : citizenship, cultural understanding, power structures, Arts : film, photography, script writing
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : asking questions, decision-making, thinking critically, Creativity : brainstorming, making new creations, Communication : asking questions, conveying messages effectively, presenting, Collaboration : cooperation, group projects, respecting other viewpoints, Responsibility & Ethics : embracing differences, following codes of conduct, honoring the community, making wise decisions, respect for others, Tech Skills : digital creation, evaluating media messages, using and applying technology
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: July 27, 2018

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