A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
Users of MARCO POLO - VIDEO CHAT can stay in touch with friends (and anyone else on their contact lists), exchanging video messages in real time or when it's convenient. For example, one user can send a video message, and the recipient can respond when it works for them, continuing the conversation. In contrast to FaceTime or Skype, where users have to be present at the same time, this app lets users have a video conversation on a delay. To spice things up, you can add filters to the videos and add text messages and doodle on-screen. Users can also easily create groups for group video chats.
Is it any good?
Creating group video chats across platforms can be tricky, but this app makes it easier. Teens can create video chat with individuals or leave video messages for friends to view later. The notable advantage with Marco Polo - Video Chat is the ability to watch videos from your contacts at your leisure, which can help people on different schedules connect more easily. And the conversation is archived, so you can go back and rewatch it whenever you'd like without searching for a video on your device. Parents will want to ensure they know everyone in their child's contact list and talk about limits around how many messages are OK to send and when to send them.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what's appropriate to share using Marco Polo - Video Chat -- even with friends. What's fun and interesting to send?
Talk about the advantages of in-person communication versus text and video clips. Though the app allows people to see body language and hear tone of voice, how is sharing through video different from a real-life conversation?
Discuss using this type of app in balance with other forms of communication and other activities. What are your family's limits on device use?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 4, 2019
- Category: Social Networking
- Topics: Friendship, Middle School
- Size: 132.20 MB
- Publisher: Joya Communications
- Version: 0.14.236
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 11 or later; Androi 5.0 and up
- Last updated: February 28, 2020
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