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Marco Polo - Video Chat

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
Marco Polo - Video Chat App Poster Image
Video messaging more fun and personal than text.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Not intended for educational use.

Ease of Play

Thorough tutorial, and very easy to use.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Marco Polo - Video Chat is a social media app that allows users to communicate via video messages either in real time or with a delay between messages. It's best described as an instant messenger but done with videos, and many compare it to Snapchat's video function. The app doesn't generate any objectionable content, but depending on your contacts, there's always that risk. The app does request access to contacts, but you can skip that step. If you allow it, you'll see which contacts already use the app and have the option to invite others to use it.  At the time of this review, there was no public feed and no ability to connect with strangers, so all video connections happen with people you know who are also using the app. So, while there are no obvious safety concerns, parents should note that the terms of service indicate that users need to be at least 13, though kids could certainly use the app with loved ones with parental supervision. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCody R. April 9, 2018

Marco Polo is the BEST! ^_^

Marco Polo is a total game-changer in every way. It allows you to chat in real time with your friends, family, and colleagues but also affords you the opportuni... Continue reading
Adult Written bySheila P. April 9, 2018

Great App

This is a great app for having what I think of as "interrupted phone calls." I leave video messages for friends and family members and they can view i... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byAngelic678 November 9, 2016

Don't bother

It spams your contacts and you can get hijacked on this. Do not even bother getting this app!

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?

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