Parents' Guide to

Marco Polo - Video Chat

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Video messaging more fun and personal than text.

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What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 27 parent reviews

age 18+

Privacy THREAT

This is your potential privacy nightmare. NO END-TO-END Encryption. Please be wise and stay with Signal Messenger, it has all the same functionality and is secure end to end encrypted and NOT spamming your contacts like Marco Polo, Signal only sends an invite upon your own request. Marco Polo App is non of this... stay away from this app, for your own sake. (besides Signal, there is of course WhatsApp which is also "end to end encrypted", but we all know this is owned by Facebook, and they steal your contact details too). It is also not compliant with the EU-GDPR, there is no way to contact them and have your chats removed from their server when you lose your phone number (prepaid for example). Nowhere is said how long your chats and (intimate) video conversations are stored on THEIR servers, and no way of telling how well all your UNENCRYPTED messages are protected against a data leak. Stay away from this app...!!
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age 18+

Wow that’s scary

Well we’ve been on this app for a while now and our friends ask why we keep sending invites to join Marco Polo. Well we never sent them so beware. Next thing someone added themselves to our family group from India. Nope we know no one from there. This is a family chat only. So is he a sex Predator or someone trying to hack into our group. We have nieces and nephews on the group under a certain age. This is really scary. I’m warning you they have your information. It seems innocent but it’s not. Warning to you parents with young kids
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Privacy Rating Warning

  • Personal information is not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is not shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is not displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • User's information is not used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are not created and used for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (27 ):
Kids say (5 ):

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.

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