What is the Google Arts & Culture App?

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What is the Google Arts & Culture App?

  • Google Arts & Culture is an app and website that was launched in 2016 but recently went viral with it’s newest update
  • Google created Google Arts & Culture to make fine-art more easily accessible by offering virtual tours of museums and sharing art education
  • The sudden popularity of this app comes from the "Is your portrait in a museum?" feature
  • Users can take and submit a photo of themselves, then Google Arts & Culture app will scan it’s database of paintings and share a painting that resembles the photo submitted
  • The app will show a percentage of how much the painting matches the photo submitted
  • When a user opens the app they are shown a feed of educational articles
  • Scrolling past those articles takes the user to the “art selfie” feature

Why should parents care?

  • The popularity of this app is attributed to it’s “art selfie” feature. If the sole purpose of having an app is to take selfies, it might not be the most productive app for students to have
  • Some users have been insulted by the paintings they were paired with
  • The app has sparked privacy concerns for becoming a facial recognition database. However, according to Google they only store the selfie for the time it takes to deliver the matching paintings

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This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Green Zone.
This app is not safe for students to use unsupervised, but a Green Zone app can serve a positive purpose to help a student to navigate social media and someday build an online brand. Read more below to find out why this app is in the Green Zone.

This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Gray Zone.
Gray Zone apps often contain lots of private & disappearing messages, and strangers can use this to chat with students. Parents should participate in these apps with students to keep them safe. This zone can be a great place for family time since many of these apps can be entertaining, and let your students express themselves. Read more below to find out why this app is in the Gray Zone.

This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Red Zone.
Red Zone apps often have lots of anonymous features, adult content, and easy contact with strangers. Supervision is strongly suggested on each of these apps or move your kids to a safer zone. All apps require parental supervision, these apps more than others. Read more below to find out why this app is in the Red Zone or view our list of 100+ Apps to find a safer app with your student.
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This trend is categorized as a Dangerous Social Media Challenge.
Viral challenges encourage students to do dangerous things to garner likes, views, attention, and subscribers. These challenges can be found across several social networks and may encourage students to perform dangerous activities. SmartSocial.com keeps parents updated on these social media challenges before an incident may occur in your community.

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Google Arts & Culture is an app and website that was launched in 2016 but recently went viral with it’s newest update.

What is the Google Arts & Culture App?

  • Google Arts & Culture is an app and website that was launched in 2016 but recently went viral with it’s newest update
  • Google created Google Arts & Culture to make fine-art more easily accessible by offering virtual tours of museums and sharing art education
  • The sudden popularity of this app comes from the "Is your portrait in a museum?" feature
  • Users can take and submit a photo of themselves, then Google Arts & Culture app will scan it’s database of paintings and share a painting that resembles the photo submitted
  • The app will show a percentage of how much the painting matches the photo submitted
  • When a user opens the app they are shown a feed of educational articles
  • Scrolling past those articles takes the user to the “art selfie” feature

Why should parents care?

  • The popularity of this app is attributed to it’s “art selfie” feature. If the sole purpose of having an app is to take selfies, it might not be the most productive app for students to have
  • Some users have been insulted by the paintings they were paired with
  • The app has sparked privacy concerns for becoming a facial recognition database. However, according to Google they only store the selfie for the time it takes to deliver the matching paintings

Google Arts & Culture in the News

Apps that involve uploading one’s face, getting feedback and sharing the results aren’t always a great idea. –The Washington Post
[Using Google Arts & Culture] and finding a look-alike in a piece of art can teach people to see themselves in paintings, potentially sparking a new interest. –Chicago Tribune

What can parents do?

  • If your teen is interested in fine art, encourage them to highlight their passion using apps that positively impact their digital footprint
  • Check out our Parent App Guide and teach your student to use apps in our Green Zone
  • Challenge your student to find offline ways to learn about art
  • Let your student become the expert, ask them to pick a museum they would like to go to nearby. Then, take your family on a field trip to the museum they chose
  • Use the Google Arts & Culture app, as a family, to enhance your museum trip
  • Inspire your students to use the app to learn more information about some of their favorite pieces of art

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