Description: Google Hangouts is a messaging, video, and calling app. It allows users to connect with others from all over the world and all the calls to other Hangouts users are free (absent your carrier’s charges). There’s the option for group chats with up to 150 participants and the ability to include up to 10 people per video call.
Category: Social Networking
APP Store rating: 4 +
The app looks useful and fun. Any app that allows digital conversations should be monitored by parents. For a kid with an iPhone who wants to chat with a kid with an Android, Hangouts provides even slightly better controls than iMessage/SMS texting on the devices. Homes should have rules like, “no erasing history” and “privacy settings should be [fill in].” Parents can ask a kid often, “have you had seen a conversation that has bothered you?” and similar questions. Stay involved! Having the right digital conversations between parents and kids is so critical. We’ve written our Parent Tech Talks E-book to help!
We’re constantly on the lookout for the best tools for parents and we’ve put them in our Resources. Imagine FREE videos for kids in grades K-8 that parents can watch with their kids. We provide a short list of parental control resources we’ve tested and we trust. School and church leaders will find best practice policy examples to use (again, free). Visit Protect Young Eyes Resources today!