Zift Advisory

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

Parent Rating

About Houseparty
In-App Purchases
None
Rating
Teen

What is Houseparty?

Houseparty is a video-chat-based social networking app where users interact through video streaming. 


A users' friends are notified when they log in, giving everyone the chance to join a live group video chatroom. Rooms can be locked, or left open for more friends to join.


Houseparty does feature a “stranger alert”, alerting users if someone who isn't directly their friend enters the room. Houseparty will give users the chance to leave, or consent to continue streaming with this new person in the room.

Is Houseparty safe for my kids?

While itself rated "E" for "Everyone", the Houseparty app is not entirely safe for children. Private use of the Houseparty app should be restricted to  older teens with the proven ability to engage responsibly with adult situations. 

Because the app is livestreamed, unfiltered and not moderated, your child can easily be exposed to mature or inappropriate content. Users are able to invite anyone to their profile by sending a link, so parents should monitor the friends on their child’s list.

This is a common problem with many group social apps, especially those which are not moderated. Standards of appropriate content and conduct vary widely between households, making consistency difficult enough in small groups.

Some parents may choose to directly approve their child's contacts, to ensure some level of safety for younger users. 

Houseparty is only appropriate for teens who have established trust in their ability to independently handle mature content and situations online. Before installing Houseparty, check in with your child and ensure they can:

  • Process challenging content maturely.
  • Recognize and respond appropriately to toxic online behavior.
  • Understand and take responsibility for safeguarding their online privacy.
  • Disengage confidently if an interaction makes them uncomfortable.
  • Alert parents and appropriate authorities if an Houseparty user makes them feel unsafe.

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Houseparty Parent Rating

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    Reviews: 4

  • Joe R.

    This app WOULD be okay if my kids only interacted with friends, but random people can join chats and we're not okay with that

  • Erin H.

    I know lots of kids use this, but I don't let my kids. I trust them, but I don't want them to live stream at all at least until they're older.

  • Joy D.

    I would steer kids away from this one. My daughter wanted to use it so I downloaded it first and there's not much control over who can see your stuff.

  • Carmen R.

    Definitely NOT safe for kids, especially younger ones. My teenage son was using this but kept having issues with strangers watching his chats.