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Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Easy, safe photo editing site lets anyone be a design pro.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 9 reviews

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Positive Messages

The "insta-thin" effect allows users to shave off a few pounds in their picture which may not send the best message to kids about body image.

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Users are shown the design effects that they can't use unless they are paying members, which might tempt  visitors to want to subscribe. There are also banner ads for businesses like Sonic and ebay.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this site is a safe outlet for kids looking to flex their creative muscle without the need to invest in expensive photo editing software. The free features should be enough for most users, but for photo-fiddling junkies who can't get enough of the picture altering tools, the yearly subscription might be a worthwhile investment. Because there are banner ads and links to social networking sites, younger users should be supervised, but teens should be safe to navigate about the voluminous library of effects.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byTheTrillionaire November 25, 2012

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Easy, safe photo editing site lets anyone be a design pro.
Kid, 11 years old October 9, 2011


I think it's an extremely fun idea. You get to add all kinds of things to any picture! It's really creative.

Is it any good?

It's hard not to get hooked on PICNIK's full line of photo features. The design of the website is so user-friendly that the process of creating fun, silly and enhanced photos is as much fun as seeing the finished product. With seasonal stickers, basic photo fixing functions like cropping and color adjustments, plus cool camera effects like the "Nightvision" and "1960s" looks, you can create endless possibilities all from one photo. And, when you're done, share your creation with just a click thanks to a multitude of links to social media and photo sharing sites.

Online interaction: Users can instantly send the enhanced pictures to Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, among other social networking sites.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about safe photo posting habits. What are your family's rules for posting photos online? Can anyone see the pictures or do you make sure only select friends have access to them? What are the ground rules for what is inappropriate to post?

  • Do you feel like your photos need improvement? Do you think editing sites like this help you to show a better image online? Are you comfortable with posting pictures of yourself onlline that haven't been edited? Do you use any of the personal appearance tools, such as teeth whitening, sunless tan and "insta-thin"? Why do you think you need these touch-ups?

  • Families can talk about how photographs you see in magazines and advertising are altered. When you see a model's photo in an ad or magazine pictorial, do you understand that these pictures have been given some re-touching and models can appear thinner, more attractive and with better hair and skin because of these digital effects?

  • Families can talk about creating with digital media. How have the possibilities expanded for what you can do with photographs and videos? Kids ask your parents what photography and video recording were like when they were kids, the answers might surprise you!

Website details

  • Genre: Creating
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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