A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
Is it any good?
Though this messenger is pretty appealing, it's not entirely original and only for older teens and adults. It's visually attractive, and it's great that you can share so much content so readily in direct messages and group chats. The emojis are pretty fun, too, and you can easily embed videos, GIFs, tweets, and images. The main hazard here might be the high level of connectivity: Like WhatsApp, GroupMe lets kids send and receive messages without limits, so there's no end to how many messages they send or how much they share. This can be great if the app is your main point of content for a limited group of family or friends, and it can be useful for groups who need to keep in touch for a particular task or around a particular activity. Still, the search results for GIFs, images, and videos are full of iffy stuff, and there's no way to filter results, so this isn't an option for everyone. Overall, this is a great way to keep in touch, but it's worth having ongoing conversations with your kids about what's OK to share digitally.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about limits: During what hours are kids allowed to text? How much screen time are they allowed?
Talk about the types of information that are best shared in text messages and what is best discussed in person. Let kids know that tone isn't always clear, and emojis can't fill in every blank.
There's lots to consider around rules for kids and their devices; think more about cell phone parenting with our guide here.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows Phone
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
- Release date: March 9, 2016
- Category: Social Networking
- Size: 37.20 MB
- Publisher: Skype Communications S.a.r.I
- Version: 5.2.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android version varies with device
For kids who love social networking and safe chatting
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