MyPad - for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

App review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Access most but not all of social networks' functionality.

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age 17+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Facebook's terms and service agreement requires users to be at least 13 years old to open an account. Therefore, anyone with a legitimate Facebook account should have absolutely no problem using this app. It has all the social-networking site's main features: chat, photos, news feeds, and wall posting. These all are easily navigable with interactive windows that users can slide and toggle between in a user-friendly interface.

Violence

This app allows users to have total access to Facebook, so it's possible to be exposed to any sort of content (including bullying and violent language). However, users mostly will only be able to see content that friends and "friends of friends" have posted.

Sex

This app allows users to have total access to Facebook, so it's possible to be exposed to any sort of content (including flirting, sexual phrases, and so on). However, users mostly will only be able to see content that friends and "friends of friends" have posted.

Language

This app allows users to have total access to Facebook, so it's possible to be exposed to any sort of content (including profanity and harsh language). However, users mostly will only be able to see content that friends and "friends of friends" have posted.

Consumerism

Although it has no official affiliation with Facebook, this app glamorizes the social-networking site. Most of the experience users will have is legitimately free; however, there are an increasing number of ways to spend real money on Facebook. The app has ads; users can upgrade to a paid version to avoid them.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

This app allows users to have total access to Facebook, so it's possible to be exposed to any sort of content (including references to drinking, smoking, and so on). However, users mostly will only be able to see content that friends and "friends of friends" have posted.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MyPad - for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter allows users to view all their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram content in an interface designed for the iPad. This app is not authorized by any platform, but because the app connects to a user's accounts, most of the content and safety concerns will be the same as those of the original platforms. This app should not be used by anyone who is under 13 years of age, which is the minimum age Facebook allows. Those who are old enough to have a social-networking account need to use an abundance of caution and need to know that everything they do on any social network can and will be recorded or captured permanently. Users should actually know anyone they add to their friends list and remember that what they post will be saved and associated with their names.

User Reviews

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Adult Written bybeckydennysmith August 5, 2011

Mypad

I can't figure out how to use it!

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What's it about?

Kids can access the feeds from FacebookInstagram, and Twitter and more in one app. Profiles are stackable and scrollable so users can switch between sites with a tap. 

Is it any good?

MYPAD - FOR FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, AND TWITTER makes sorting through the vast amount of social-networking content a simple, and perhaps even fun, experience. It looks clean and polished, is fairly intuitive, and makes toggling among all the many sites a simple task.

It's crucial that teens regularly check their privacy settings to restrict personal information to friends only. However, because users cannot access all their privacy settings in the app, it can't be a self-contained replacement for Facebook or any other platform -- but it can make it easier to stay connected and check in with friends while they're on the go.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of privacy settings and how they vary from site to site. Who can see their posts? How do they know?

  • Discuss what your kids like to post and how often. What's fun about social networking? What's not so fun?

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: February 23, 2011
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Publisher: Loytr
  • Version: 1.0.7
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later

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