What is FaceTime?
FaceTime is an app on the iPhone 4 and on all Apple products powered by the Mac OS X operating system that allows its users to video call each other directly on their phones. To activate FaceTime, users simply push the FaceTime icon. FaceTime can be activated whether users are already on a voice call and wish to switch to video, or to begin an initial video call. An invitation appears on the other user’s screen, asking them to participate in FaceTime, and once the other user accepts, the video call begins. The iPhone 4 is also equipped with two cameras, allowing users to either focus on themselves or what they see. FaceTime currently only works with a Wi-Fi connection, limiting where users are able to place calls, and the calls can only be made to another iPhone 4.
The app works very well and is a great alternative to Skype. It can only be used among Apple products, but can be used on all Apple products so far.
Concerns for Parents
- Children using this app to display or receive inappropriate information or images.
Requires an email address to connect, so contact with strangers is not an issue.
How Can I Keep My Child Safe?
- Let your child know what is and is not appropriate.
- Be aware of who your child interacts with and the behavior of both parties.
Where Can I Learn More?
Visit Apple’s FaceTime site here.