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This App Contains...
Chat
Commenting
In App Purchases
Microtransactions
Live Streaming
Videos can be shared
Location Tracking
Geotracking
Photo Sharing
Photo sending/receiving
Stranger Danger
Interacting with strangers

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Hangouts allows users to chat and make calls with their Google contacts through their mobile device. It is free to download and use, but rates may apply to international calls. This app is rated for users of all ages, but users must have a Google account to use the app.

About Hangouts
In-App Purchases
None
Rating
Everyone

What is Hangouts?

In addition to message capabilities, Google Hangouts allows users to conduct chats with individuals, groups up to 150 members, as well as entire Google circles.

 

Group video calls are limited to 10 people in Hangouts, and are responsive, automatically detecting and displaying the person talking, while leaving thumbnails of other members below.

 

Messaging in Hangouts is much like any other SMS service, allowing users to embed emojis in their texts, and attach photos within messaging conversations. Users may also easily transition from a conversation to a video chat, with just a tap of a button within the app. 

Is Hangouts safe for my kids?

Parents should know that Hangouts, a Google product, is an app that allows users to message one another and participate in group chats or conversations, as well as take advantage voice and video calling capabilities. Hangouts is an effort for Google to create a centralized location for Google users to conduct communications of all types.

Parents allowing their children to use Google Hangouts should familiarize themselves with Google+, and understand how both the platform and its communities work, as they may be missing a great deal of child’s social network activity.

Google’s terms of service state that users must be 13 years or older to open a Google account, however, Google Family Link users allow for users under the age of 13 to have Google accounts.

Parents will want to ensure that their children keep their Google+ accounts set to private, only adding those users that are found within their own contacts list. When Google+ accounts are set to public, anyone may add a minor to their circles, allowing them to initiate messaging conversations or video calls.

Google Hangouts, and Google+ for that matter, is an app that parents will want to have a discussion with their children about, revisiting appropriate and inappropriate behavior, in addition to alerting a parent when an interaction or a contact makes them feel uncomfortable.

As with any live video app, there is always the possibility of minors being exposed to inappropriate language and behavior, so it’s especially important for parents to be monitoring their child’s activity in the Hangouts app.

Parents should also periodically check that their child’s account remains set to private, to alleviate the possibility of a stranger adding them to their circle and initiating contact and Google Hangouts can be used as a grooming tool.

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Hangouts Parent Rating

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