Glide - Live Video Messenger

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Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Chat via instant video clips for more personable exchange.

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Educational Value

Created for entertainment purposes; not intended for education. 

Ease of Play

Clean interface makes app easy to navigate. When sending videos, tap for live or tap and hold to preview before sending. Commonly recognized icons indicate text and photo features, video messenger, and voice messenger. 

Violence

There is no violent content in the app itself. Content depends on user discretion and teens can send and receive videos, text, photos, and voice messages that may contain mature content.  

Sex

There is no sexual content in the app itself. Content depends on user discretion and teens can send and receive videos, text, photos, and voice messages that may contain mature content.

Language

There is no profanity in the app itself. Content and language depend on user discretion. 

Consumerism

Access to Glide Premium and its features requires subscription purchase. Options are $1.99 for a three-month subscription or $6.99 for a year long subscription. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There is no content in the app itself that refers to smoking, drinking, or drug use. Content depends on user discretion and teens can send and receive videos, text, photos, and voice messages that may contain mature content. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Glide – Live Video Messenger is a photo and video app that allows friends to communicate through live video interactions in addition to voice messaging, text, and photos. Users have the option to tap the video icon to record and instantly share live videos or tap and hold the video icon to preview before sending. Users have the option to message individuals or create group chats of up to fifty people. While using the app, teens will be able to see which friends are active or their last active date. Users will see confirmation when videos and messages are sent, as well as confirmation that friends have viewed messages. The app also offers the option to share location with friends and the option to activate a passcode lock feature that restricts access to the app and message history for those without the code. Families should explore the risks and benefits location sharing and private messaging pose to kids and teens and should use with caution. The app offers no safety measures other than the option to block users. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

While using GLIDE – LIVE VIDEO MESSENGER, teens can have real time conversation through live video messages. They also have the option of sending video messages to be viewed at any time. In addition to video communication, the app offers the option to send voice messages, text, and photos snapped directly through the app or from the device's camera roll. It includes Emoticlips, which are short animated video clips designed to express certain reactions or emotions. Registration requires a phone number, and users can log in using an email or Facebook account. Users can find friends to chat with through Glide – Live Video Messenger by granting the app access to the device's contacts or by connecting the app with Facebook, which would allow connection to existing Facebook friends. To receive message alerts, users will need to turn on push notifications. The app is compatible with Apple Watch, adding to message accessibility and communication options. Access to Glide Premium requires in-app subscription purchase and offers unlimited conversation history, longer video messages, longer audio messages, 200GB of Cloud storage, and other premium features. 

Is it any good?

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.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about expectations, guidelines, and privacy when using Glide – Live Video Messenger. What information is appropriate to communicate and share with others on a digital platform? What measures should you take to protect personal privacy? How can you ensure your video messages don't invade someone else's privacy? 

  • The app includes a location sharing feature. Talk about safety and the implications of sharing your location with others. 

  • Talk about how instant messaging and constant notifications could impact focus and become a distraction. When is it appropriate to enjoy the app? How much screen time is allowed?  

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (in-app subscription purchase options from $1.99 - $6.99)
  • Release date: February 5, 2020
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Size: 145.80 MB
  • 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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