Houseparty:  Set profile to private, accept only from people you know.

Houseparty is a social networking app that allows users to connect with their friends and engage in video calls, group chats, and games. One of the benefits of Houseparty is its ability to facilitate social interaction during periods of isolation or if quarantine comes back.

Users can create private chat rooms for themselves and their friends, which can help to maintain connections and alleviate feelings of loneliness. Additionally, the app includes a variety of games that can be played with others, adding an element of fun and entertainment to the social experience.

However, there are potential dangers associated with Houseparty that parents and young people should be aware of.  One major concern is privacy. The app requires users to create a profile, which includes their name and profile picture. While the app’s developers claim that user data is secure, there have been reports of hacking and unauthorized access to private chats.

Another potential issue is the risk of cyberbullying or inappropriate behavior. The app allows users to join open chat rooms with people they do not know, and there is no way to control who enters a private chat room. This means that young people could be exposed to harmful or offensive content without their parents’ knowledge or supervision.

To use Houseparty safely, it is important for young people to understand the risks and take appropriate precautions.  Parents, grandparents, and guardians can talk to their children about the importance of privacy and online safety.  Monitor their use of this app to ensure they are not engaging in inappropriate behavior or interacting with strangers.

Additionally, users can take steps to protect their privacy, such as setting their profile to private and only accepting friend requests from people they know in real life. It is also important to report any instances of cyberbullying or inappropriate behavior to the app’s developers or a trusted adult.

Houseparty can be a fun and valuable tool for connecting with friends and family. It is important to be aware of the potential risks and take steps to protect privacy and online safety. Parents and young people should have open and honest conversations about online behavior and work together to ensure a safe and positive social experience.