Company site: http://zello.com/app
Description: Zello is a voice-over-IP (VOIP) type app. It is touted as a “walkie-talkie” app but it does require either cell service or some form of internet connection to operate. It gained popularity in 2017 during critical events like the flooding in Houston and Hurricane Irma and became the communication tool of choice for relief workers. Zello allows users to touch-to-talk as well as send direct messages. There is the option to communicate with a single person or to set up a channel for a group of users.
Related: Marco Polo Walkie-Talkie App
Category: Social Networking
APP Store rating: 12 +
This app feels too mature for teens. Though, on the surface, it appears to be a fun app to utilize, the available sexualized content is extreme and terribly easy to access. With channels able to be created for 18+, even though the app is rated for 12+, the potential for teens coming into contact with something you don’t want them to encounter is almost a certainty.
Remember, the easiest way to stop access to apps your child isn’t ready for is to remove open access to the app store on both iPhones and Androids. You’ll want to read more about that here!