App Store description: Boomoji – your 3D avatar. Customize your avatar with tons of outfit choices and express yourself with a huge library of animated stickers. Have fun with friends by collaborating in AR videos, generating dual stickers and making mini films in Theater. Add more friends to explore more fun! (Copied from the Apple App Store)
This app was created by the same developer as BOO! messenger.
Users are able to create their own avatar and then the app curates a huge library of animated stickers that you can share on Instagram, Snapchat, text messaging, etc. Your avatar can star in a mini film with your friends’ avatar. Your avatar can be put in the real world through the augmented reality camera and can play with friends and Boomoji stars’ avatar (already created avatars that are not connected to a real person).
There is also a photo booth in which you can create pictures of your avatar with many different expressions and poses. There is one game linked within the app called Boomoji Riders, which is a racing game on either motorbikes or unicorns. However, in order to play it BOO! needs to be downloaded.
This app supports Family Sharing of up to six users.
Category: Social Networking
APP Store rating: 9+, for “Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence”
It’s social media. It would be easy to miss this attribute, because it’s not real people with real pictures interacting with each other. When the interactions occur between animated versions of real people, it seems more like a game than social media (with chat if you use BOO!, Snapchat, Instagram, etc.).
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It really wants you to download BOO! Every time you use the app it encourages you to download BOO!. There are many outfit/avatar options that are unlocked when you download BOO! If you want to use your avatar to play games, then you can only do that through BOO!
You can send an anonymous love letter. Users are able to send an anonymous love letters to their crush. If he/she crushes them back, then the two will be matched. In order to do this, access to the phone’s contacts must be granted.
What about privacy on the app? The usual items are collected, including email and password (when you register), if you login with Facebook, you give access to your user ID and user name or email address, information of your Facebook account, and your friends. The app uses a photo, but the policy specifically states that it does not store the photo on its servers nor does it sell them to third parties.
Are there hidden browser doorways in Boomoji? None that we could find. Links in the settings launched Safari outside of the app, which is what we prefer. At least there you can set Content Restrictions in Screen Time.
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Here’s a progression while creating an account:
Due to COPPA, the social media classification indicates that kids need to be 13 in order to use this. As you can see from the risk factors above, there aren’t many so if you’re going to allow a middle school child to use Boomoji, just be sure to make them aware of “tricky people” – the new stranger danger in the digital age, in case a 3D avatar they don’t know is “too” friendly.
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