This is Why We Love Dubsmash and Think That You Will, Too

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Video-based apps are popular right now for one great reason: They’re super fun! Today, let’s take a look at Dubsmash, a personal favorite in my kids’ world.

From the app description:

“Dubsmash is a video messaging application for iOS and Android. Using the application, users can choose an audio recording or soundbite from movies, shows, music, and Internet trends and record a video of themselves dubbing over that piece of audio.”

You have to admit, even as a grownup, this sounds like a fun use of our time!

Dubsmash videos are called Dubs. To create them, users can:

· Upload sounds themselves

· Select from a list of audio clips uploaded by others via search or by trending categories

· These include excerpts from popular TV shows or movies 

· There are also clips from popular chart hits, musicals, operas, etc.

· After selecting an audio clip from a list (you can listen to it by tapping the play icon and you can choose it by tapping the title once), users record their own video to play with the sound they have chosen (Tap the “start” button at the bottom of the screen to begin)

· You can redo your Dub if you don’t like it by tapping the “x” in the upper left corner

· Dubs aren’t shared within the app

· They can be shared via Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, a text message, or to your camera roll to be shared wherever you’d like

This is what I love about Dubsmash:

· It gives our kids a chance to be super creative

· And silly

· This might go without saying, but it’s FUN

· It’s entertaining and light hearted

· It encourages risk taking

· And promotes an attitude of not taking yourself too seriously

· The focus on music and pop culture is really great

As with all things, there are also a few things to watch for with Dubsmash:

· Using it can be addictive

· There’s definitely a “Rock star” mentality with Dubsmash—the draw to post bigger, better, and more to get more likes is strong.

· Copyright laws are technically infringed when dubs are shared publicly

· Because dub sharing happens outside of the app, the same stranger and mean comment risks from that app carry over to the dub—which is personal, creative, and a video. These can be hard to take in this form!

· Profanity and other content that kids are perhaps not ready for can be found in some lyrics

4 things to talk to your kids about Dubsmash:

1. The kind of content they’re consuming—what are they watching? What does it portray?

2. What are they sharing—what messages does it contain and send?

3. What kind of comments are they getting—and how do these feel?

4. How are they interacting with other peoples’ dubs—this one is super important! We can teach our kids to only leave kind comments.

Survey says …

Overall Dubsmash is super fun and you can see why your kids might be drawn to it! Have proactive conversations with your kids about their use and maybe join in every once in awhile with your own dub—I think they’ll secretly love it!

If your kids are starting to show an interest in the online world, I have a detailed checklist for you to use to help start laying the foundation for an ongoing conversation about their digital use. It’s super helpful and you can get it for free RIGHT HERE.

Galit Breen is the author of Kindness Wins, a simple, no-nonsense guide to teaching our kids how to be kind online; the TEDx Talk, “Raising a digital kid without having been one”; the online courses Boom, Done Digital Parenting™ and Raise Your Digital Kid™; and the Facebook group The Savvy Parents Club. You can get her checklist for moms of new(ish) digital kids RIGHT HERE.

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This is Why We Love Dubsmash and Think That You Will, Too

Galit Breen is the author of Kindness Wins, a simple no-nonsense guide to teaching our kids how to be kind online. She has a master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in human development and was a classroom and reading teacher for ten years. In 2009, she launched a career as a freelance writer entrenched in social media. Since then, her work has been featured in various online magazines including Brain, Child, The Huffington Post, TIME, and xoJane. Breen lives in Minnesota with her h ... More

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