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Polly - Polls for Snapchat
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
POLLY - POLLS FOR SNAPCHAT provides a simple interface that lets you invent your own question and answer polls and share them with friends. If you connect the app to Snapchat, you can add photos, videos, text, or hand-drawn imagery to your polls before sharing them. An in-app tracker lets you track the responses to your polls or delete them. Connection to Snapchat also means you can share polls with groups, including "Geo Stories," which can include strangers within a certain geographical area.
Is it any good?
Polls are the app stores' "new hotness" among teens and millennials, and this polling app contains potential fun and some risks. Banking on those Facebook-style polls people seem to love to take ("Which 'Lord of the Rings' character are you?"), Polly – Polls for Snapchat lets you create your own questions and ask your friends to answer them anonymously. If you connect the two apps, you can use your Snapchat bitmoji (your only identifier in Polly; it has no user profiles) and access Snapchat's graphics tools. That said, the content varies depending on who's creating it, so the appropriateness of it depends on the poll kids make and their friend list. Because the user is creating the poll, and there are no open-ended responses allowed, there's less of a chance of cyberbullying. However, if a kid asks a sensitive question or targets another kid, or is looking for positive feedback but gets negative responses instead, it can still have negative effects. With parental guidance, however, the app can be good fun. After all, important questions need answering -- questions like, "Who's better: Batman or the Hulk?"
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how polls on Polly - Polls for Snapchat can be used for cyberbullying. What kinds of content shouldn't be used?
Discuss the quality of information gathered by polls. How valid is it?
Often, being anonymous can lead to people being mean to each other. Is that the case with this app?
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