BOO! - Video Chat Messenger with Magical Effects

App review by
Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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So-so chat tool clones other social networks' best features.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

The intro video doesn't get too far into the specifics of how the different features work. There's some limited in-app help text; it's a big help when it appears. 

Violence

Teens and other users can send and receive unmonitored photos, texts, and videos.

Sex

Teens and other users can send and receive unmonitored photos, texts, and videos.

Language

Teens and other users can send and receive unmonitored photos, texts, and videos.

Consumerism

Encourages users to invite friends and contacts to download the app and sign up for an account. There are only a few animated effects available; others are available for in-app purchase.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No content related to drinking, drugs, or smoking in the app itself, but teens can send and receive unmonitored photos.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that BOO! Video Chat Messenger with Magical Effects is a video social-networking tool that lets teens video-chat and share photos and videos. It includes animated filters, built-in music, and sharing features, making it a lot like a combination of Instagram, Snapchat, and Musical.ly. The app lets you automatically share photos and videos over those three services, and you can share content with people directly through the app itself. Users' profiles are private by default; you can add people you don't know by searching for usernames, but users must approve any friend requests they receive. The brief privacy policy outlines that the app may collect information about you both from the content you create, your contacts list, and the social media accounts that you choose to connect. Read the app's privacy policy to find out more about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by__zu10 October 29, 2018

It's fun!! Boo is better than snapchat

This have games, post, message, and etc..
Kid, 11 years old September 27, 2017

SO FUN, but...

you have to have friends to use this so you can send them boos and they can send you boos back, so if you have friends that are not willing to sign up, then its... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byanonymoussarah November 12, 2018

pretty good

it's a good knock-off snapchat - like with the filters and the friending. there's settings that the person can only communicate after getting a friend... Continue reading

What's it about?

BOO! - VIDEO CHAT MESSENGER WITH MAGICAL EFFECTS is a social-networking app where users record video content and add drawings, captions, animated effects, and filters. Users can share their videos with other users or post their creations automatically to Musical.ly, Snapchat, or Instagram. They can also email their video or save it to their device's camera roll. Just like in Snapchat, you can add friends by scanning a special bar code with another device; you can also search for friends by username and request to add other users' profiles.

Is it any good?

Though this app has features that will attract kids, there's nothing new that other platforms don't already offer, and some might have concerns about the app collecting personal information. The developer's website claims that BOO! is "completely private and safe," and it's definitely nice that your profile is private by default. It's downright hard to search for friends you don't already know in real life, and it's more likely that you'd use BOO! - Video Chat Messenger with Magical Effects to chat with people you already know rather than using it to find new friends online. Plus, features such as video chat, animated effects, and lip-synch-ready songs will feel familiar to teens, and each video or photo you create can be automatically shared to Musical.ly, Snapchat, or Instagram.

While those connections are nice, unfortunately they highlight what's lacking. There aren't as many effects available here, nor are there as many songs or as many filters as you might find elsewhere. Also, you really can't do much in this app without sharing your email address, phone number, and contact list, which may feel too intrusive for kids and parents. Ultimately, it's useful if you're looking for a one-stop shop for recording and sharing your content to other social networks; but, if your child is already using one of those other tools, you may not need the extra step of using yet another app.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about your family's rules for privacy and social networks. Talk about when it's OK to share information and what kind of information should be kept private. What are your rules around your kid using BOO! - Video Chat Messenger with Magical Effects?

  • Families can talk about the long-term effects of sharing what are assumed to be private moments through social media apps.

  • Parents also can remind kids that nothing, once posted to the internet, ever really goes away -- and it can come back to haunt them.

App details

For kids who love social networking

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