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CapCut Alternatives: The 5 Best Video Editing Apps for Kids

Allison Scovell  |  June 11, 2024

Nowadays, it’s a common hobby among Gen Z (and now Gen Alpha) to dabble in video editing. With most of them carrying a high-tech digital camcorder in their pocket, it’s only natural that they’d want to give their cherished video memories some post-production magic. 

Unfortunately for parents, it’s hard to find a video editing app that is both affordable and free from social media features that make it dangerous. Take CapCut for example, which has become a very popular video editing app, specifically for those that will be posted to TikTok. 

In fact, even the video templates on CapCut feel a little too much like TikTok — not to mention it links directly to your TikTok account if you have one. In this way, it functions almost like a backdoor to social media for kids. 

So, what app can parents allow their kids to use without worrying about them being exposed to inappropriate content or strangers? We’ve compiled a list of the best video editing apps for kids. None of these apps have any public feeds or content to scroll through mindlessly — and no ways to connect with other users. And the cherry on top? They’re all free! 




InShot has just about all the bells and whistles you need in a video editing app. Its interface is smooth and easy to use, and it’s got tons of features for your kids to really elevate their home videos. You can do all the video editing essentials such as trimming and splitting video clips, adding music to the background, adjusting video speed, and much more. 




If your kid is just getting into video editing, VideoShop has many foundational features they’ll need to learn the ropes of editing. They can trim, merge, and split videos, as well as dabble in their audio and graphic tools. It’s not the most robust option, but if your kid has a simple video concept or perhaps needs to edit a video for a school project, VideoShop can surely get the job done. 

Adobe Premiere Rush



Adobe is another option for kids looking to do a little more than just splice two clips together. It has advanced features that’ll really take videos to a cinematic level. But despite having some more granular tools, its interface is still intuitive and beginner-friendly. Also, videos on Premiere Rush can be shared across other Adobe apps such as Premiere Pro and After Effects for even more editing capabilities. 

Filmmaker Pro


Filmmaker is another one that offers just what you need for a simple video project, making it one of the best video editing apps for kids. You can easily put clips together, trim them, add text, and more. It’s worth noting that the free version of this app is fairly limited, and you can only edit and save videos that are 90 seconds or less. However, you can sign up for a subscription to use Filmmaker Pro for longer videos with more editing features. 

iMovie on Apple


For iOS users, iMovie is a great and reliable option for editing simple videos. One cool thing about iMovie is that it comes with three modes to create your movie. There’s Movie, which gives you full freedom to edit however you’d like. With Storyboard, you get some guidance throughout the editing process. And lastly, there’s Magic Movie, which uses AI to create an edited video for you, complete with transitions and background music. 

How Bark Can Help

Keeping up with all the apps your kids want to use can feel like a full-time job for parents, whether it’s video editing, social media, gaming, and countless others. That’s why Bark’s screen time controls were created to help you manage all the apps your kids may want to use right from your phone! 

With Bark, you have the ability to block all apps in a certain category (like all social media apps, for example) or block individual apps that you deem inappropriate. Try Bark’s 7-day free trial to see how it can give you peace of mind about your child’s online world.

You may also want to try the Bark Phone, which offers even more granular parental controls when it comes to screen time. The Bark Phone allows you to turn on app approval, set daily time limits, and much more. Order your Bark Phone today!

Bark helps families manage and protect their children’s digital lives.

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