Vine is probably best known for bringing us the kinds of videos that make us laugh (or cringe, or tilt our heads) –but many of them aren’t kid-friendly (or work-friendly for that matter). Add to that, the fact that there are few things kids seem to love more than a silly video; fortunately for parents, Vine Kids is now available as a special version of the app that keeps all content family-friendly.
Vine Kids is the product of Vine’s Hack Week, which provides time for Vine employees to work on personal pet-projects –even beyond carefully curated content, the app also received a UI makeover that is colourful and appealing for a younger audience. Using Vine Kids is also easy, letting children navigate through videos with simple swipe gestures and reloading selections with a tap.
Even if you aren’t excited by the idea of entertaining your kids with quirky videos, apps of this type represent an shift in thinking –mobile devices aren’t just for adults and business-people any longer. With more young people than ever using smartphones and tablets unsupervised, it is critical that parents and guardians are able to control their content.
Currently Vine Kids is only available as a free download for iOS devices –but if it takes off, there is hope it will be launched for Android and other mobile platforms.
Jillian Koskie is an experienced software developer, content writer, project manager and usability design expert. With over 17 years in these roles, Jillian has enjoyed applying her skill-set to assist clients and users across a wide variety of sectors including: legal, health, and financial services. Combining these professional opportunities with a love of technology, Jillian is pleased to contribute articles, opinions, and advice to numerous news outlets, websites, and publications.