Parents' Guide to

ICQ New: Messenger & Chat

By Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Video and text chat with fun filters, some iffy images.

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  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Unclear whether personal information are shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
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  • Unclear whether this product creates and uses data profiles for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

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Though including a parental passcode doesn't protect kids from all social media risks or iffy content, this app's inclusion of them is helpful. There are certainly many ways to connect with others, and using a free video and text messenger platform helps to save money by not tapping into data limits on cellular devices, especially when connecting with friends, family members and co-workers all over the world. It also allows users of any mobile platform, whether it be iOS or Android, to easily connect together. ICQ is an OK way for kids to connect with others too, since there are so many fun masks to choose from to express their feelings, humor, and personality when having a conversation. Parents should still monitor and be aware that the Discover section has some mature content.

The iPad version was slightly more glitchy then the cell phone version, taking a longer time (>10 seconds) to load a new mask at times. ICQ certainly provides for some interesting laughs, as some of the masks are quite goofy and quirky. Given that there is an option to join and create channels that could put kids in contact to connect and share information with strangers, parents will absolutely want to enable the built-in privacy settings to create a passcode and restrict others when necessary to promote positive online connections.

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