Vine – What every parent should know about this trending Social Media app

Vine is rapidly becoming a popular app for teens to share 6 second looped videos. 

1. Vine is free, and it’s easy to sign up.
Unlike paid apps where you get a receipt from iTunes if your child downloads it, it’s likely that you won’t even know that your child is on Vine unless you monitor them online. Once the app downloads, all you need to sign up is an email or Twitter account.

2. Vine doesn’t verify age.
Vine’s privacy policy states that the “services are not directed towards persons under 13”, but there isn’t any sort of system in place to verify age. Vine does agree to take steps to cancel the account of minors if a parent reaches out to them, which is the same as Twitter’s policy.

3. You can’t block who follows you on Vine.
As of now, there’s no option to create private videos on Vine and there are no privacy settings. Anyone can follow you (or your child) and anyone can view your videos. And your child can browse anyone else’s videos. 

4. There’s porn on Vine.
Videos that are inappropriate are marked as such and covered with a gray box covering the content, but it only takes a click to get through. It’s possible that you can scroll down your Vine stream and catch a video before it gets tagged, and catch a glimpse of something (seriously) vulgar.

5. The 6-second videos are cool to watch — and make.
Even with Vine’s challenges, it’s a neat app that encourages creativity (and lets you make an endless supply of GIFs). If your child is 13 or over and with appropriate monitoring from you, they can probably have a lot of fun with it.


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Clayton Cranford
Clayton Cranford is a retired Sergeant from Orange County Sheriff's Department in California and owner of Total Safety Solutions LLC. Clayton is one of the nation’s leading law enforcement educators on social media, child safety, and behavioral threat assessments. Clayton is the author of the definitive book on cyber safety for families, “Parenting in the Digital World.” Clayton has more than 20 years of teaching experience and was awarded the 2015 National Bullying Prevention Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council, and the 2015 American Legion Medal of Merit. Clayton was a member of the County's Behavioral Threat Assessment Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, School Resource Officer program, and Juvenile Bureau.