There is a new Phone Video App that is out called Glide. Teens are already getting hooked to this new app because it is the new wave of texting using video. You make a video using your phone app, then post it to your friend or group and they respond by making a video of themselves. It is video conversation. Your friend or group must also have the same app to make it work.
However, there are some major issues that I see already. I contacted Glide to let them know of my concerns in how teens would use this app – mainly for sexting/porn images passed back and forth, whether or not it can be downloaded to a PC, and if that video image could be passed on to someone else outside of the friend/group listing. This was their response. I have highlighted the concerns that every parent should have.
Thank you for contacting Glide Support!
Although we do monitor the application for users who send unsolicited offensive videos, we cannot control and are not responsible for any content sent on Glide. See out license agreement for more details (www.glide.me/eula)
Videos that are sent in a one to one or group thread can only be viewed by that person or members of the group. However, videos can be forwarded on to other Glide users. Users do not have the ability to download and save Glide videos at this time.
Got questions? We’ve got answers! Please check out our FAQ at http://www.glide.me/questions
Have a great day,
– The Glide Team
So basically the answer is this – They are not going to sit there and monitor every single video and are not going to take any responsibility for those who use it, especially if minors use it. They did say that you need to have parental permission under the age of 13, but personal security and protection of a child is lax for sure.
The other issue that brings major attention is the fact that videos can be forwarded to other Glide users outside of the group. It only takes one friend or one in the group to send that image to their list of friends or groups.
That is where this danger lies even more. Can you imagine a teen who sends a sext video message and that image gets forwarded to others. That is called Porn. You can get in legal trouble for posting it and sending it or forwarding it. A teen’s life can be destroyed if their inappropriate video is passed on.
Parents, please sit down and discuss this serious issue with them. Too many teens have insecure issues about their bodies and peer pressure is at an all time high to do daring things.
Don’t “Glide” over this app. Talk to your teens and let them know how dangerous this can be.
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