Seems like the creators of Snapchat have had a change of heart recently. And perhaps this change was not so much out of the kindness of their hearts, but in reality a “mea culpa” due to FTC charges that Snapchat delivered false promises of forever-disappearing photos. So what does this mean to the many tweens and teens who use Snapchat? Everything shared online, has the potential to stay online, despite claims to the contrary.
OoVoo is a video chat and messaging app, and is available for iPhone/iPod/iPads and Androids. You can also use OoVoo on a computer (PC or MAC). With OoVoo you can video chat with up to 12 people at a time; you can see four people at once on screen during these video chats. I think this is the feature that kids really like. While kids can use FaceTime on their iPods and iPads, FaceTime only allows for a two-way call. OoVoo will let them have a little video chat party.
It takes two to Tango, but with the Tango app you can tango with up to 50 people at once. Tango is a messaging app, similar to popular apps like Kik and WhatsApp. Tango seems to have about a billion features, and describes itself as the “all-in-one” social networking app. With over 160 million registered users, it’s quite possible your teen may have heard of or is using Tango.
Did you know that you (and that means your kids) can watch YouTube videos using Kik Messenger? An observant and concerned reader contacted me about this. For those parents who have taken the time to restrict the YouTube app from their kid’s iPod touch, iPad or Phone, but have allowed Kik Messenger, you may want to take a closer look at this. There is more to Kik than just sending messages to friends.
Snapchat is a phone app used to send photos and videos to friends. The unique feature of the app is straight out of “Mission Impossible” – once viewed, the photo self-destructs in a matter of seconds. The app may offer a false sense of security for teens who think they can send an embarrassing picture without consequences.
Sounds like a commercial for a sugary cereal – Kik for Kids! But are all the kids using Kik really kids? Kik Messenger is a free texting app for iPhones, Android, Windows, and Blackberry phones. When I visited the App store, it didn’t take me long to see what the problem is with Kik.