Video Messaging

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Type of Resource

Guidance

Publication Date

June 23, 2023

Topic/s

Social Media and Apps 

Video Messaging Apps are used for instant text, voice, and video calls. These apps use something called VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) which means they work in a similar way to traditional phones, but use the internet to communicate in real time rather than relying on wired phone lines.

Here are some of the most popular video messaging platforms used today:

FaceTime

FaceTime is a video chat app developed by Apple that comes pre-installed on most Apple devices. FaceTime allows users to voice or video call other phones using the app by entering their mobile number or e-mail address.

Core Functions

Age Requirements

Users must be 13 and over.

Risks

Safety Settings

Top Tips

Skype

Skype is an instant calling, videoing, and messaging service. It can be used for communication with friends, relatives, or colleagues anywhere in the world. This platform can be downloaded and used for free, but there is also an option to pay for extra features.

It can be a great way to communicate internationally and can help people feel connected to others in their lives.

Core Functions

Age Requirements

Skype rules (Terms and Conditions of Service) require users to be 13 or older to use the platform.

Risks

Safety Settings

Top Tips

Google Hangouts

Hangouts is a free instant video, chat, and messaging platform. It is available across multiple devices and allows users to have group video calls and chats anywhere in the world with two or more users.

The platform is embedded in Google’s Gmail suite and is easily accessible from the Gmail launch pad.

Age Requirements

Google rules (Terms and Conditions of Service) require you be 13 or older to use the platform, unless configured using a Google’s family link.

Top Tips

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