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Walkie-talkie - COMMUNICATION

By Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Bare bones communication tool; major privacy issues.

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Watch your teens with this app!!

Please watch your teens with this app! Our daughter was getting sucked into some bad stuff using this app. The guys on here were grooming her and was able to get her to comply with sending her Instagram and her phone number. Instagram has secret messages you can not view twice. Please watch your children predators are everywhere in this day and age!

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • Unclear whether this product uses a user's information to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are created and used for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (3 ):

The concept of this app is fun and the simple design is refreshing, but the cumbersome nature of connecting with others, along with the privacy concerns, are very difficult to overlook. The lack of bells and whistles works well given the intended function of the app. But, it could be useful to incorporate some sort of notification when a user is trying to talk to a friend through the speaker. A much greater concern is the potential for communication with strangers. This seems impossible for parents to monitor unless they constantly eavesdrop on kids’ conversations, and even then, no one would know if a stranger was quietly listening or if kids were trolling through channels trying to find other people using the app. Some users report in app reviews that they share channel information in other apps and use Walkie-talkie - Communication to talk to them. Others report choosing a channel and discovering that there is a stranger on the other end. And reviews also indicate that kids like to use this app in school, as they can leave it open -- tuned to a channel -- and not have to type or make a call. Finally, regular users report lots of bugs including the app randomly closing and channels not working in the middle of the conversation. So, this one is better for older teens, used with oversight.

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