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Dubsmash is an app which lets you create videos of yourself that are dubbed over with audio from songs, movies, TV shows and internet trends. You can share these videos, known as Dubs, with your friends, watch their videos and explore other trending videos.


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Accounts on Dubsmash can’t be set to private and anyone can follow you or comment on your videos. This means that whenever you post a new video you need to set it to private.

If you let your child use Dubsmash you should make sure they set their videos to private when they post them and switch off comments.

Because the videos on Dubsmash are user-generated, there might be a risk your child comes across something inappropriate while exploring the app.

Safety features

There are no parental contols or safety information available for parents and carers.

Privacy & location

With the exception of sharing videos, known as ‘Dubs’, personal information shared with other users is limited to your nickname and a profile image. You’re also given the option to add more information to your bio. You should help your child choose an appropriate nickname and decide what information is appropriate to share.

However, there is no way to make your whole account private and you need to set each individual post to private if you don’t want anyone to see it.

Dubsmash say that they may record your GPS data if you choose to opt in to this. However, there was no opt in or out feature on the app.

Reporting & blocking

The blocking and reporting tools are easy to find and use either within posts or on user profiles. Dubsmash state that if a video is reported it is immediately removed and is reviewed by a team within 24 hours. If it is found to be appropriate the video is returned to the user profile.


We didn’t come across anything inappropriate while exploring Dubsmash. However, because the content is user-generated, there is no way to control what gets posted on the app. This means there might be a risk your child could see something inappropriate.

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On Dubsmash safety

On Dubsmash, you need to change the privacy settings for each video. Together with your child, tap on the lock icon to keep things private.

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Top tips for staying safe

Sitting down with your child and exploring Dubsmash together is a great way for you to learn more about the different features.

You could get your child to show you their favourite Dubsmash creator or even create a video together. This will also give you the opportunity to discuss ways they can stay safe.

Encourage them to always set their videos to private and switch off comments.

Help your child think about what they share online and who sees it. Compare it to what they would be happy to share offline.

Use examples that are easy for them to understand: “You shouldn't give your number to somebody you don't know on the street. Is somebody online you don't know any different?”

Listen to their answers. And be positive and encouraging.

Remind them that they shouldn’t share private things, such as:

  • personal information, like names, emails, phone numbers, location and school names
  • other people's personal information
  • links to join private group chats
  • photos of themselves
  • photos of their body, such as sexual photos or videos.

Your child might see or read upsetting or negative things from other users on Dubsmash. If this happens, they might want to report or block them.

To block another user:
1) Go to their profile.
2) Tap the three dots in the right hand corner of the screen.
3) Select Block user.

To report a ‘Dub’:
1) Tap the three dots on the right hand corner of the post you want to report.
2) Select Report.

Explain that you understand the internet is a great place to play, create, learn and connect. But remind them they can talk to you if anything upsets or worries them.

Reassure them that you won’t overreact – you’re just looking out for them.

It’s important to remind your child that they can talk you, another adult they trust, like a teacher, or Childline about anything they see online.


Talking to your child

Having open, regular conversations with your child will help you to really understand and explore the online world together. Our tips and advice can help you start these conversations.

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