Since 1996, November 20th recognizes the “International Day for the Defense and Promotion of the Rights of the Child” (Law 96/296 of 9 April 1996). Put into action by UNICEF the day tries to promote the 1989 International Convention on the Rights of the Child. In conjunction with this important day, Xooloo, the first messaging app for children from 8 to 13 years old, to empower them, support and teach them on how to manage their digital lives is now available to download in the US and UK.
This solution aims to protect children in their digital learning, and their data. Xooloo Messenger allows kids to chat with friends and family in a way that is safer and more fun than traditional messaging. Parents do not have access to their children’s messages but are informed of the identity of their contacts.
Xooloo User Experience
All the key features of the service have been designed for kids. For example, they are able to personalize their Xavatar, the character who represents each child within the app. Another innovation is the ability to send playful custard pies or affectionate kisses, in order to encourage curiosity and creativity. Finally, chatbots are on hand to help new users learn about the service.
A Safe Digital Space For Children
Parents cannot access the content of messages exchanged, but they are informed of any new contacts that their children interact with. Whenever a child adds a new contact, an email informs the parent of their name. The objective is to build trust while putting parents at ease.
Respect For Personal Data
Xooloo collects a minimum amount of children’s data and will never sell it on: in fact the app is free of advertising and does not monetize the children’s personal data. The service complies with COPPA (the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) and the very strict European GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).
How It Works
The Xooloo Messenger app must be installed by the children themselves. Before starting a conversation, the account must be approved by their parents. The children can then invite their friends and people over 13, who are also able to access the service after verification of their phone number. Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins are welcome to continue communicating with children who are in their family.
Several options are available for children to add a friend: they can use an email address, a cell phone number or an individual code created by Xooloo for each user. This means that children can only be in contact with people they know. Children who do not have a SIM card can also use the app.
The Xooloo messaging app is available on iOS and Android. Xooloo is free and does not carry advertising. For more information visit xooloo-messenger.com.