How parents can control the HouseParty app for their children

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Philippe Gloaguen
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What makes HouseParty so attractive?

Well, quite simply, the various features it has. Conversations don't have to be limited to talking to one person, as you can include up to a maximum of 8; Not only that, you can also do a variety of activities, including making friends at HouseParty, talking to people you don't know, and playing games.

The app can also locate other app users who are nearby and then start a chat where you can add more friends. That's why the little ones don't hesitate to use it. But it is precisely what makes it unique that it can also be a headache for parents, as they fear for their children's welfare.

How to make the use of the HouseParty app safer for your children?

  • The first recommendation is that of keep communication channels open between parents and children; this will make it easier for you to know how they use the app and who they keep in touch with.
  • Another help is to clarify the limits to children from the moment the use of a smartphone is authorized and expose them to the risks of using any application or social network in which personal information and multimedia files are shared, which is not possible. subsequently delete from the virtual world.
  • On the other hand, to facilitate the use of the application, its creators have included the "House Rules" o in English, "House Rules"; but the truth is only an explanation of what the application offers so that users can take full advantage of what it offers them.

If you want to make the use of the app a little safer for your children, you need to change the option Share location and privacy or "Private mode". How to do it?

You have to enter the configuration options, which you will find clicking on the smiley face that you see in the upper left part of the screen; once there, a window will open where, in the upper left corner, you will see a red icon; when you enter there you will get the features to make using the app safer for your kids.

In the list appears the option Permissions or "Permissions", there you can disable or block the function of sharing the user's location ; In this way you avoid facilitating the contact of strangers with your children, protecting them from predators and malicious people; who use social networks to harm them. If you want to learn more about this security issue on HouseParty, you can take a look at this article where we explain them in detail.

Another feature you can change is privacy or "Private Mode"; when video calls are initiated, anyone could sneak into the chat, if they are friends with someone else who is included; then, closing the padlock or closing the chat room, you will prevent the addition of strangers, thus maintaining some control over who initiates contact with your children through the application.

Now, if you've had a problem with someone on HouseParty, you can block that user; To do this, see this other article where we quickly solve it with an example.

Undoubtedly, social networks are very good for keeping up with friends, but when it comes to young people and children it is good to take precautions; We hope you enjoy these short tips you will realize that parents can control the HouseParty app and what their children do on the inside.

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