Parents' Guide to

Glide - Live Video Messenger

By Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Chat via instant video clips for more personable exchange.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

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Privacy Rating Warning

  • Personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Unclear whether data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • Unclear whether this product uses a user's information to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Unclear whether this product creates and uses data profiles for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

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This easy-to-use platform focuses on connecting friends and families with lots of features, but location-sharing and passcode-protected privacy could concern parents. Glide – Live Video Messenger is user-friendly and convenient. The clean interface is easy to navigate, offering useful tools without being too busy. Users can chat via instant video exchange or can view videos when convenient. It also gives the option to layer in voice messaging, text, photos, and Emoticlips in one stream. The main feature, video messaging, adds a personal touch and allows for greater expression when communicating via digital platform. The option to create group chats also opens the door to easily connecting with family members or friends for chats or to connect with classmates to collaborate on tasks or assignments. The video exchange is ideal for little kids who want to communicate with friends and family without typing.

However, while useful at times, the location-sharing and passcode-lock features may also raise safety and privacy concerns, especially for kids and teens. Easy access to these features makes discussion around responsible use of social media, privacy, and digital communication boundaries essential before teens begin to enjoy the perks of Glide – Live Video Messenger.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free (in-app subscription purchase options from $1.99 - $6.99)
  • Release date: February 5, 2020
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Publisher: Glide Talk Ltd.
  • Version: 6.3.16
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 and watchOS 4.0 or later; Android varies with device
  • Last updated: June 20, 2020

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