The Vine App Guide For Concerned Parents

You may not be aware, but there is a new phrase of late that goes, “Do it for the Vine!” With smartphone cameras in hand, the phrase is the amateur equivalent of “Action!” on a video production set. Vine videos are short clips of video that are posted online for the whole world to view, rate and share. Anyone with Internet access and a smartphone with a camera can propel themselves into becoming the next famous cinematographer.

Vine videos can be quirky, comical or displays of exciting events that can be quickly shared with everyone all over the world. The short time sequence afforded to those sharing allows for everyone to view a variety of video productions without investing more time than the next ten seconds to watching something new. Unfortunately, as with any crowd, there are those who take things too far and present a danger to themselves and others in some brave display of inconsiderate acts.

Here, we will discuss the Vine app that is used on smartphones and tablets, and address some concerns for parents to keep in mind when reviewing their child’s smartphone activity.

What is Vine?

Vine is a free app that can be downloaded and installed to any iPhone or iPad as well as Android smartphones and tablets. Users of the app upload short videos to share with the world and browse videos shared by other users. If you are familiar with Twitter, then you will likely be aware of Twitter’s policy of keeping shared quotes short. Vine app does almost the same thing, except in video format. Videos can quickly become viral and skyrocket ordinary people to receiving a higher level of attention because of their antics or inspiration. Because videos are supposed to be kept short, they are often five or six seconds of quick half second scenes or a segment of video a few seconds long showing someone at the peak of an exciting event.

Why do so many people use Vine?

Vine is popular because there is no need to generate content in order to browse and comment on content which other users have generated. Because the videos are short, Vine videos can be accessed while waiting in line or in other quick periods of boredom. People love to be entertained. The Vine app goes to show that it does not take much time to generate a lot of entertainment in a very short period of time. Short videos also gives more opportunity to enjoy entertainment generated by many different individuals.

In ten minutes, a Vine user can browse through the works of over a hundred different video producers instead of ten minutes with just one. Since the entertainment value entails squeezing as much thrill as possible in very little time, there is not room for footage of “fluff” or unused time-slots in videos. A common phrase that is used now is “Do it for the Vine!” which means that someone should act quick because the next few seconds of video are soon to be shared online.

Is Vine safe for children?

The answer to that depends heavily on the maturity level of each child. Watching funny videos or creating stop motion animations for fun are usually harmless. The app can become dangerous if it is being used for the wrong reasons. The Vine app has become the public pool of rejected submissions to “funny videos” competitions. Dangerous stunts performed by amateurs might literally bring 15 seconds of fame, but the fact that children might feel emboldened to take on these stunts without proper training or supervision is something to make a parent cringe.

There are also users who share videos which are sexually graphic in nature. Children who view or share these types of videos are doing so at their peril. Anything that is shared on the Internet will be available on the Internet for years, often ruining an otherwise professional reputation. Addiction to videos of this nature leads to distorted perceptions of reality and relationships that end up causing hardship later on in life.

What is there for parents to do?

Parents who provide their children with smartphones or tablets must understand that both the parents and the children have responsibilities to each other to make sure that the device is being used responsibly. Children should be able to go to their parents when something does not seem right, and parents must understand how the devices are being used before they can understand what the issues are.

Talking with children about how they are using their smartphones and tablets will provide insight into how each app on their device is being used. A good idea is for the parent to install the apps that their children have on their own device and create their own account as well. The seal of approval can be given by Mom or Dad and they will also have their own presence in the same virtual realms as their children to keep an eye out for bad influences. Android and iPhone monitoring for parents will give parents details online about how each of their children are using smartphones and tablets. A quick check in the parent’s online control panel will provide the parents with details on GPS locations, calls made, text messages, websites visited and more. With so many different things going on, keeping up with smartphones and tablets should be one of the tools parents use to keep up with it all.

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