The Byte app gives users just 6-seconds to show off their humor, talent, or creativity. It launched in late January 2020 with a lot of online hype about its similarity to its video looping app predecessor, the Vine app. Byte is sticking to basic features for now with big plans to unroll more in the future, including a way for influencers to make money on the app.
What is the Byte app?
- US-based Byte, Inc. created the app (the founders previously created the popular Vine app)
- Byte app users can watch, create, and share six-second looping videos
- New users must sign into the Byte app with either their Google or Apple accounts
- Users select a username and can create a profile with a photo and bio
- For now, all profiles are automatically public (there is no privacy setting)
- You can follow other Byte profiles, but users can’t see how many followers someone else has
- All videos posted to the app are automatically public
- Users can like or comment on anyone else’s video, share it as a “rebyte”, or redistribute it through text, email, or another social media platform
- There is a “flag” button to report inappropriate videos
- Users can scroll up from the homepage to watch random videos
- You can search for videos by username or from one of several categories, including: Popular Now, Latest, Fitness, Food, or Experimental
What users say about the Byte app
“It brings back the Vine vibe that I dearly missed. I love the 6 second cap again because it urges people and myself to really mix ‘smartness’ with their content (quality > quantity).”Google Play User
“With so many options for social media platforms these days it’s refreshing to have an app that is stripped down to the basics encouraging the users to actually get creative!”iOS App Store User
Why should parents care?
- Random strangers can watch, comment on, and share what your students post to Byte
- The video feed could include profanity, sexual content, or violence
- Since there is an endless scroll, students could easily spend a lot of time on the app without realizing it
- Some students will attempt anything, including dangerous stunts, to get more likes on their videos
- Users could face bullying or ridicule in the comment section or by others who may share their Byte videos on other platforms
What can parents do?
- Download the Byte app before your kids, use it, and decide if it’s a good fit for your family
- If your student is on Byte, ask for their username
- Talk with your student about the types of videos they are watching and posting to Byte
- Remind them they can always come to you if they are feeling scared or sad about something on Byte
- Smart Social put the Byte app in the Gray Zone of our App Guide for Parents and Teachers. Students can have a lot of fun on Byte and show off their creativity, but if they post anything negative, the whole world could be watching
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