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HOUSEPARTY

WHAT IS IT?

Houseparty is a really fun way to have a group video chat – almost like FaceTiming with up to eight people at once.  Users invite people to join their “party” with a text message.  Users can send photos or even send a “side text,” which is a private conversation with someone in the chat, which disappear after 24 hours.

WHY DO KIDS USE IT?

Teens like using it to share quick tidbits about their lives with friends. It's also great for keeping up with what's going on in the world -- breaking news, celebrity gossip, etc.

RISKS

Sexual - MEDIUM

Violence - LOW

Bullying - LOW

Suicide and/or self harm - LOW

Drugs, alcohol, crime - MEDIUM

WHAT CAN I DO?

Make sure your child knows exactly what to do if a troll shows up. Even better, tell kids to use the “lock the chat” for a more private experience.  Discussing the importance of good behavior is also suggested as the "chats" are in live situations and can be recorded.