A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
CHATLIVE, RANDOM VIDEO CHAT is a subscription-based social text and video chat app intended for users 18 and older. Users create a limited profile indicating gender and email (no age, location, or other personal info) and choose a simple cartoon avatar to represent them online. Users can choose between text or video chat and can send video, image, or text attachments. A simple filter lets users match with men, women, or both; matches have to be approved by both users, and both users can end chat at any time. Users can report inappropriate behavior, content, or language and block other users.
Is it any good?
This is yet another hook-up app masquerading as a way to “make new friends,” and its tagline isn't its the only way it's disingenuous. From a search function with an obvious male bias to an app store description that inaccurately represents user security, this is one social networking app you can't take at face value.
The app's search function is its first problem; regardless of which gender you choose, you're matched with men eight times out of ten. Worse, a good chunk of those men opt for inappropriate usernames (Ex: “18andHard” or an eggplant emoji next to a spurt emoji and a pair of eyes) and are prone to steer the conversation toward sex. Within this context, the possibility of receiving suggestive photos is high, though the app does blur them out until you tap to accept them. And though developer Omega Media Corporation claims to ban users for making suggestive posts, the nature of live chat prevents them from doing that effectively.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the risks of random video chat with apps like Chat Live, Random Video Chat. Why do people use this type of app? What are the potential downsides?
Think about the motives of some video chat users. When someone is on the other side of a screen, can you trust them? Why is it important not to share personal information?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try (three-day trial then subscription $7.49/week)
- Release date: November 23, 2018
- Category: Social Networking
- Size: 47.10 MB
- Publisher: Omega Media Corporation Limited
- Version: 1.9
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Last updated: March 3, 2020
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