MyPad - for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
What parents need to know
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.
What's it about?
Kids can access the feeds from Facebook, Instagram, 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.
Families can talk 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?