A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
After creating a SNOW - SELFIE, MOTION STICKER, FUN CAMERA account via email or linking their Facebook or Line accounts, teens can add contacts and start sharing. The photo options abound: selfies with filters, selfies with motion stickers, selfies with text captions, GIF selfies, and short videos. Messages self-destruct, and teens may get a notification if their photo was captured by screenshot. Selfies are the focus, but the front camera can be used, too. Teens can post to their "story" feed or private-message their contacts. If a teen uses the Find Friends option, the app shares their username and real name with anyone who is also looking for friends and has that person's phone number in their contacts.
Is it any good?
The fantastic selection of photo filters and fun features surpass those of other similar apps, but the default settings aren't great for teens. The Korean-based app rivals Snapchat with more selfie features and similar options, such as self-destructing messages. The social network aspect lags, though, simply from not having as many users. However, since teens can connect via Facebook or Line accounts, that may change very quickly. The biggest concern for teens is that the default setting is to receive messages from everyone using the app instead of just friends. It will also add friends from any linked accounts by default, which means that the app automatically adds Facebook "friends" whom kids might not know well if those people are also using the app. If teens go through the settings, add contacts by manually adding usernames, and adjust the default settings, then SNOW - Selfie, Motion sticker, Fun camera is another OK contender as a social app with lots of fun features.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about safe and appropriate sharing before kids start using photo apps like SNOW - Selfie, Motion sticker, Fun camera.
Parents also can remind kids that nothing, once posted to the internet, ever really goes away -- and it can come back to haunt them, even if it's supposed to "disappear" after 48 hours.
Our editors recommend
For kids who love social networking and photography
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