Skype - free IM & video calls

Skype

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This App Contains...
Chat
Commenting
Live Streaming
Videos can be shared
Location Tracking
Geotracking
Photo Sharing
Photo sending/receiving
Stranger Danger
Interacting with strangers
Mature Content
Adult Content/Themes

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Skype is a communications app that gives users the ability to video chat, call, send messages, videos, and images to other users. It is available for both iOS and Android devices and is rated for users 12 years of age and older and features in-app purchases and advertisements. It's safe for kids to use with parental supervision.

About Skype - free IM & video calls

What is Skype - free IM & video calls?

Skype is a communications app that gives users the ability to video chat, call, send messages, videos, and images to other users.

The Skype app is available for both iOS and Android devices in their respective app stores. It is rated for users 12 years of age and older and features in-app purchases and advertisements.

Skype is well known for it's video conferencing feature, which can be extended up to twenty-five people.

While Skype is largely known for it’s video calling features, users are also able to message and voice call with other. Voice calls can be made over Wi-Fi but user wanting to reach a landline number can do so by purchasing calling credits. Users can sign up for a Skype account by downloading the app and creating an account via email address or a phone number.

Calling credits can be made through in-app purchases for $4.99. Parents should know that this is not a one-time fee, but that users will need to top up from time to time to continue making calls.

Some common user complaints mention that the quality and voice and video calls has gone down and that the app can be quite buggy. Some complain of the app crashing or features not working as intended.

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Is Skype - free IM & video calls safe for my kids?

Skype is safe for children to use when communicating with friends and family members. Parents can configure Skype to not automatically accept calls from strangers and there is also a feature to disable the automatic camera feed sharing.

Parents should know that Skype, like some other messaging apps offers a feature to send or request money. While this can be very helpful for adults, parents will want to monitor their child’s use of this feature and be sure to discuss expectations surrounding it. There are not many reasons why children will need to use this feature.

Parents should know that Skype offers no filtering of contacts, so children can potentially connect with anyone within their contacts. Outside of that, Skype does not offer a way for users to find new people to interact with. Video calls are in real time, so there is no filter for inappropriate activity. 

Outside of this, this app is just about as safe as Facetime is for kids. It can be a great way for kids to connect and video chat with friends and family, especially if they are far away. It can also be a great opportunity for parents to teach their kids about how to behave when video chatting and what is and what is not appropriate.

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