Parents' Guide to

Village-Safe Social for Family

By Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Social tool gives parents oversight and kids some privacy.

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age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 5+

Great app. “Did you get my Village?”

I love the new Village app- it is a robust, easy way for me to text and share pictures and thoughts with family and friends all over the world. Most of all it is a very safe platform for my grand kids to allow them to experience the Internet without the predatory aspects. I love that the fact that i can upload pictures and rest assured that they will not persist or be shared elsewhere. When you upload a picture, you can set a time frame for when the picture will be available and then it is gone. The picture updates are one hour, one day one week or one month. It is an awesome app, very robust and fun to use. Now instead of saying "Did you read my text?" I say " Did you read my Village?".
age 7+

Village Social: the best app to keep in touch with your friends and family!

As a grandmother of six whose entire family uses the Village Social app, I take great comfort in the knowledge that the kids are safe from the adverse affects of traditional social media. It is very reassuring to know that Village does not have ads, vanity metrics or any adult content. We have so much fun sending gifs to each other and I appreciate that only kid-friendly gifs are available! During the past few months, my extended family and friends from across the country have become Village fans. Our favorite way to share pictures is via the Social Post- where you can select the length of time for your post (e.g. 1 hour to 1 month) and where you use your contact list to select exactly who will see these pictures. The Social Post is so easy and convenient to use that my sisters in the Midwest now have more pictures than they ever wanted of "Grandma Day". I love that the pictures disappear after a predetermined amount of time, so I am not contributing to my grandchildren's digital footprint. In my opinion, the best features of Village Social are: it can be used on multiple devices such as the family computer or a kindle, it's free, it's very easy to use and it provides a safe online environment for children.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This social networking tool offers many options in terms of parental controls, but since kids are given some privacy, they’ll need to learn to take charge of using it responsibly. It’s a refreshing change to see that public content and feeds are not allowed, nor are likes, follows, or streaks. Parents and kids should work together in order to fully benefit from the safety aspect of Village-Safe Social for Family. The actual content of messages and images isn't shared with parents, and kids can create an account without a parent profile. Although parents have the option to receive alerts, kids can opt to delete social posts within the hour. Therefore, it’s best suited for teens who have knowledge about the potential dangers of social networking and who have demonstrated responsible use of media in the past.

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