That is something I’ve mentioned before and you may be wondering, why 13? It’s due to a FTC ruling called the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA).When a company creates a website or app specifically for children 13 and younger, they are bound by the COPPA rules.An insatiable appetite for reading from a very young age had Jody harbouring dreams of being a published author since primary school.That deep seeded need to write found its way to the public eye in 2011 with the launch of SAHM.When responsibilities pile up at work or home, it’s easy to be consumed by everything going on and put your social life on hold, not to mention your dating life.Thanks to online dating, you no longer have to do that.One provision is a requirement to obtain parental approval before a child can create an account.
Online dating throws all of those excuses out the window because every dating site has you fill out a profile when you join so you have tons of things that you can use to start a conversation.Oo Voo is a video chat and messaging app, and is available for i Phone/i Pod/i Pads and Androids. With Oo Voo you can video chat with up to 12 people at a time; you can see four people at once on screen during these video chats. While kids can use Face Time on their i Pods and i Pads, Face Time only allows for a two-way call. Create a username that doesn’t include your last name. Use a profile picture that doesn’t give away where you live (hey kids, don’t take a picture in front of your school! Same with the profile video (a video status messages called an “oo Vie”). Or, just use one of the generic videos that come with Oo Voo. Don’t add a status message (and if you do, don’t add personal information. Another plus for Oo Voo is a privacy option where you can specify how and if people can find you on Oo Voo.Oo Voo will let them have a little video chat party. Unlike Tango, location settings don’t give away where you are in the world. You can note the theme here: don’t put your personal and private information in the profile! You can choose either “Anyone”, “People who know my email address or oo Voo ID”, or “Nobody”.Unlike Kik, Oo Voo doesn’t have the built-in features like sending You Tube videos or playing games. These are some of the reasons that I don’t have too much of a problem with Oo Voo – as long as kids remember privacy and safety. Choose the middle option as shown, and there is less of a chance that random strangers will find you and send you messages.With this option, a friend who knows your e-mail address – presumably a friend – can find you and send you a friend request.The master of true native content, Jody lives and experiences first hand every word of advertorial she pens.Mum to two magnificent boys and wife to her beloved Brendan; Jody’s voice is a sure fire winner when you need to talk to Mums.Online dating gives you a quick alternative and introduces you to loads of single people in your area that you may have never met otherwise.Not only that, but you know that they are ALL actually out there looking for someone.Always remind kids that if they do this, they immediately lose control of that image; it could easily be shared or saved by anyone on the receiving end. (Or even three times…) Oovoo is free to download, and there will be ads shown within the app.Keep in mind children could mistake the ads as being part of the app.