What It Is:
Shots App is a selfie social networking app (currently only for iOS devices) that achieved most of its fame by being backed by Justin Bieber
Who is on it?:
Mostly teenagers; about 1 million current users.
Would My Child Want It?:
Shots is very similar to Instagram but with a twist: it only accesses your device’s front-facing camera, essentially forcing you to take a selfie. It also has no way to upload a previously taken photo from your photo library, meaning you have to take your photo while you’re in the app.
Where Can It Be Used?:
Any Apple iOS devices with cameras (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
What Should I Watch Out For?:
It’s just another place for your kids to post funny photos of themselves with friends.
What Are The Positives?:
Commenting is banned, so people can’t add any salacious or degrading comments to your photo which is nice.
What Are The Negatives?:
- It promotes your child to take photos of themselves, which, while it is a current trend in our culture, it is still a recent one. The jury is still out on whether the long-term ramifications of this selfie culture will be positive, negative, or neutral. Still, it probably can’t be a great idea to always have the camera pointed at ourselves.
- It’s also heavily used by image-conscious celebrities, meaning your child might develop an unhealthy fascination with someone just for being famous.
What We Think:
Overall it’s fine, not too many risks at all, just more of a fun app than a real useful app. Could be a time-waster, but when used in moderation, it poses minimal risk.