Peach - a space for friends

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Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Magic words elevate cool but simple social-networking tool.

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A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Can't add friends directly -- must sync your address book -- and have to discover the "magic word" triggers by trial and error or visit the developer's website.

Violence

Depends on friends' posts.

Sex

Depends on friends' posts.

Language

Depends on friends' posts.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Depends on friends' posts.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Peach - a space for friends is a social-networking tool that got a lot of attention on other social media platforms when it launched in January 2016. It's part micro-blogging platform, part messaging tool that lets users share snippets of content with their friends. It's pretty straightforward to limit how and what you share with either a core group or friends of friends. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

PEACH - A SPACE FOR FRIENDS is a new social-networking tool that lets users post text, images, video, and links to their in-app profiles. Most notably, users may type "magic words" to trigger certain features: "'Shout" posts a message in large letters, while "Gif" searches the Web for a photo and helps users automatically add it to their profiles. The best way to connect is to get all your friends to join because you won't have a feed without contacts.

Is it any good?

This social networker is most engaging and exciting if it's a place where all your friends are already gathered; without a lot of friends, it's a little dull. That's not especially easy to engineer, as the app lets you search your device's address book for names of current users, but (at the time of this review) you can't add a contact manually, and you can't view the profiles of people who aren't already your friends. This makes this less of a public browsing experience than other social networks such as Facebook and Instagram and more of a place to interact with your actual friends rather than view content posted by brands or celebrities. It's helpful that you can quickly customize who'll see your posts ("friends" versus "friends of "friends"), but the best part is definitely its magic words, as no other platform offers this exact type of experience. Overall, it's a great concept and a cool, flexible way to share some elements of your day with a limited audience of your friends; it'll be interesting to see if it can continue to distinguish itself -- and stay popular.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about your family's rules for social media. What's OK to share? How can you protect yourself online, and how should you act online? Talk about what it means to be a good digital citizen.

  • "Magic words" are the app's standout feature. How can you use these to communicate? How do they help you tell your contacts about your day? How are they helpful as a tool for communication? What's fun about them, and how could you best use them to talk with your contacts?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: January 16, 2016
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 8.70 MB
  • Publisher: Byte Inc
  • Version: 1.0.10
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.3 or later

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