By Erin Brereton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Photo exchanges are prioritized, but app's a bit simple.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
The structure allows kids to express themselves.
Ease of Play
The editing tools and other functionality are fairly basic and easy to understand.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that LiveIn is a social media app for iOS and Android devices. The majority of interaction with LiveIn is a widget, which helps keep information shared through the app front and center on kids' phone/device screens. Kids can use it to send images to people in their network and receive them. Because kids are communicating with a group of people they're familiar with, there should, at least in theory, be less of a chance they'll see questionable content. Posting images on the app's more public global user feed is a bit more iffy, although a brief scroll through those images didn't turn up any hugely offensive shots. The app's functionality, which includes a tool that allows you to write on images, is fairly simple. Figuring out how to use LiveIn is too.
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What’s It About?
Kids can send images that then appear directly on their friends' or followers' device home screens with the LIVEIN widget. The recipient doesn't need to open a separate application. Photos can be taken with a camera function within LiveIn or uploaded from the device's library. Before sending images, kids can write words on and draw on them in a variety of colors using a marker, highlighter, or pen tool, which can be set to produce thicker or thinner lines. They can also post status updates, and photos can be shared on a global feed.
Is It Any Good?
Adding the app to a device is fairly simple: Kids press and hold its icon until it wiggles, and then key its name into a search field and add the widget to their home screen. They can then use LiveIn as a direct line to friends who also sign up and other people they know. Kids can either snap a quick live shot with LiveIn's camera functionality or send a photo they've previously taken. They can also circle portions, add words, and otherwise mark up the photos using editing tools.
The tools, which primarily consist of writing utensils, offer somewhat limited options. Kids can choose to either type words or scribble them on the screen with their finger, which will likely end up being the less legible end result. The tool is helpful if you want to circle something to point it out, but it doesn't include functionality to make nuanced filters or other changes to photos -- which, given the options various social media apps offer, kids may be looking for. In general, the app doesn't have a lot of frills -- and instead of considering the ability to view content immediately as a plus, some users might feel it's a little disruptive. But because kids should primarily be trading images with individuals or small groups of people they know, the risk level should be lower than with some apps. A number of tween and younger teen users seem to be posting to the more public World feed, though, a section other users who don't know them can view. Parents will probably want to discourage kids from sharing photos in that section. If they stick to their closed network, though, LiveIn has the potential to offer an experience that might be slightly intrusive at times, yet ultimately secure.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about images you could -- and shouldn't -- share through apps like LiveIn. What kinds of things might be OK to send to a group of friends but not post on a more public feed?
LiveIn offers a more immediate way to send and receive images. Does your child feel pressured to respond to things like texts and notifications right away? Discuss some methods to reduce the stress that can be associated with digital interactions.
What shouldn't kids say or do when responding to social media posts that other people make? How can they comment in a way that won't hurt anyone's feelings?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: May 27, 2022
- Category: Social Networking
- Publisher: Livehouse Limited
- Version: 1.2.8
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 13.0 or later, macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with an Apple M1 chip, or Android 7.0 and up.
- Last updated: June 1, 2022
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