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Airtime – Group Video Chat
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
AIRTIME – GROUP VIDEO CHAT is a social media platform that allows users to participate in group video and text chats while also sharing and simultaneously experiencing content from across a number of web platforms such as YouTube, Twitch, Spotify, and more. Users create publicly joinable chat rooms and invite their friends. Via settings, they can change the "discoverability" of the room to everyone, friends, or friends of friends. They can also have new users request access or leave it open to all. Then they broadcast live video of themselves or search for and share videos and music. If teens don't want to share publicly, they can create private one-on-one rooms for more secure conversation. It's a very similar experience to other video-chat platforms with the added twist of being able to watch YouTube videos and see your friends' reactions in real time.
Is it any good?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about your rules about the internet and staying safe while searching with Airtime - Group Video Chat. What kinds of videos and music are appropriate, in what settings, and at what ages? When the internet has no restrictions, there's lots of amazing things to see, but some content can be objectionable, inappropriate, or dangerous.
Talk about the value of sharing with friends. It can be lots of fun to share media, either virtually as with Airtime or in person, but it can offer some challenges, too. What do you do if someone makes fun of what you shared or judges you or it? What if you don't like what they've shared with you? What if it seems dangerous or hurtful to others? Whom should you tell?
Talk about how to protect yourself online. Be sure that kids know what dangerous situations look like and how to get out of them, and understand the limits of what's acceptable to share with others.
Discuss the advertising in the app and on the web in general. What kinds of ads do you see? Are they targeted at you, or are they general ads?
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