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Tango Text, Voice & Video

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Social networking and lots more; privacy settings important.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Easy to use, but the multitude of options can be somewhat overwhelming, especially to people new to social networking. 

Violence

Some games involve a war theme. Content is mostly user-generated, so what individuals see will depend on what they and others post. Images of users with guns, skull faces, and other disturbing images were observed during this review. There's an option to block and report other users.

Sex

Content is mostly user-generated, so what individuals see will depend on what they and others post. Sexually suggestive images were observed during this review. Some games include animated images of female characters wearing suggestive clothing. There's an option to block and report other users.

Language

Content is mostly user-generated, so what individuals see will depend on what they and others post. There's an option to block and report other users.

Consumerism

Lots of ads are posted at the bottom of the screen (some, such as ads for Match.com, are clearly geared toward adults), and there are many opportunities for in-app purchases. Some games include a gambling theme.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Content is mostly user-generated, so what individuals see will depend on what they and others post. There's an option to block and report other users.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Tango Text, Voice & Video is a social-networking app that includes many ways to connect and share information, including video calls, group chats, games, phone calls, music, and more. It can be used to make video and regular calls across many platforms, including iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. Tango's terms of use indicate people must be 13 or older to sign up. It's free, but there are many opportunities to make in-app purchases, as well as a premium subscription for $9.99/month. Users can communicate with current contacts as well as with people they don't know who also use Tango and may be friends of friends, live close by, or be connected with new people in other ways, such as "popularity." Users can read or add to the news feed on Tango. Video calls are limited to one-to-one, but chats can include up to 300 people at once. Parents need to know that users' profiles default to public; a teen's profile must be changed to private to restrict it to people on his or her contact list. 

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What's it about?

Create a TANGO account through your Facebook account or by using your phone number and email. Provide access to your contacts, accept push notifications (a must for calls), and accept or decline location services. To make a call, tap on a contact from your list, and then tap on the video camera icon for video calling or the phone icon for a phone call. Numerous other options include browsing users nearby, playing games, group chatting, and reading or posting to the news feed (categorized by content groups, including sports, news, and music). Tango is a popular social-networking app with many options.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Easy video chatting may be the feature that draws a lot of users to Tango.​ The developer says the app lets people "Connect, Get Social, and Have Fun." That's a simple way to describe the almost overwhelming multitude of options by which to communicate with people you know (and don't know), find and post images and information, play more than 40 games, listen to and share music, and more.

On the downside, there's a ton of ads on the free version. Its default profile setting is public, so teens should go to their profile settings and toggle "public" off to enhance safety and privacy. Tango likely draws a lot of hyper-social teens who love the barrage of options for more connections, more ways to find and share information, more ways to chat, and more ways to play. It's "Always on, so you don't miss a thing," which can be good or bad, depending on how well your teen regulates his or her screen time and privacy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about apps like this that use location services to identify new contacts and why it's not always a good idea to connect with someone just because he or she happens to live nearby and use the same social-networking app.

  • Discuss your family's rules about in-app purchases with your teen, and read Common Sense's blog post 4 Ways to Curb Kids' In-App Purchases.

  • Group chatting with dozens (or hundreds) of people may seem like fun to super socially minded teens. Remind your teen that it's a small world everywhere, including online, and they should take seriously what they say or how they respond in a large chat as much as they would talking to one person face to face.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
Price:Free (with in-app purchases)
Pricing structure:Free (In-app purchases from $.99 to $1.99 for packs, ecards, and more; $9.99/month for premium service.)
Release date:June 16, 2014
Category:Social Networking
Size:48.00 MB
Publisher:TangoMe
Version:3.7.91338
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later, Android 2.1 or later.

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Adult Written bySheek M. August 11, 2016

Disappointed

I'm very disappointed with Tango I had my account over 2 yrs and they allow These men to report and shut down good people pages because they won't add them or partake in their sexaul act I been fighting tango for about a week to reinstate my account because I was falsely accused i've been her rest day night because I won't add them how can they report a page that's private tango refused to reinstate my account because these men keep reporting my page because I won't add them or partake in their sexual act I use my Tango to communicate with my sister that's in the army overseas and friends I'm not there to watch men masturbate or send nasty pictures Thank u
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