There are numerous instant messaging apps and chances are if you have kids then they are using one of these. Why are they so popular? Instant messaging is an online chat that occurs in real time. It provides a great way to communicate with multiple friends, instantly. After all, calling someone on the phone is so, so, yesterday. It also provides a way for teens to take their activity private away from prying eyes that may be looking on their social media platforms. To eliminate confusion, here is a list of the most popular instant messaging apps and also some of the features of each. They all similar but some offer numerous features that allow users to engage in multiple ways. All of these require the users to be at least 13 and one requires the user to be 17+. You will want to pay attention to which apps are age appropriate.
Instant Messaging Apps Every Parents Should Know
WhatsApp In February, Facebook announced it would purchase this product for 19 billion dollars. Obviously, Facebook recognized the popularity of this app.
WeChat Currently, this app supports 20 international languages for translation. It was developed in China.
Facebook Messenger It features a split-screen selfie camera and has recently added record and send short video capabilities.
Line This app is very appealing because users can send emoticons and stickers with their messages.
Viber This app offers free calls, texts, and photo sharing. It also has the added benefit of free international calls if the other user has the app installed.
Snapchat Users can set a time limit on how long their snaps can be viewed. They turned down an offer of 3 billion dollars from Facebook in 2013.
QQ This app was developed by a Chinese company and offers online games, shopping, voice chat, and microblogging.
Skype You must have a Skype account to use this service since it does not connect through a phone number.
KaKao Talk Developed in Seoul, Korea, this app launched in 2010. Users can connect by simply tapping their phones together if they each have the app installed.
Google Hangouts It offers video calling, photo sharing, emojis, and group conversations. It connects through a Google account and not a phone number.
Kik Messenger Users have multiple options of talking to groups or individuals, can send photos, or greeting cards. It is rated for 17+ in the App Store.
Tango Users can text, share photos and music, send voice or video messages, and even play games.
Message Me This app can connect with friends through Facebook authorization. It has a feature that allows users to draw or doodle on top of photos.
Does your child use instant messaging? What is their favorite app?