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Don’t believe everything you read on Facebook, although the Talking Angela ứng dụng may provide parents with some valid reasons for concern

This week, a year-old hoax about the Talking Angela ứng dụng being dangerous for children has been doing the rounds on Facebook again, despite having been debunked baông chồng then, & again now.

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Parents can be forgiven for being spooked by the suggestion that a cutesy talking cat app is actually a front for a paedophile ring, as one of the hoax messages claimed. So what is Talking Angela really saying khổng lồ your children, và is it inappropriate? The best way to find out is lớn actually use the phầm mềm.

I’ve sầu spent an hour in her company today doing just that. In short: yes, the hoax is a hoax. But the app’s developer Outfit7 could be doing more to ensure parents feel at ease with their children using the ứng dụng.

Some facts first: Talking Angela is part of a wider series of apps called Talking Tom & Friends, which have sầu been downloaded more than 1.5bn times since 2010, và are currently being used by 230m people every month – lots of children, but also lots of adults.

They’ve sầu spawned a series of popular YouTube videos in partnership with Disney, as well as a range of physical toys. Outfit7 is a well-known apps company, not a shadowy network of child-catchers, in other words: I’ve sầu interviewed the firm in March 2011, March 2012 và June 2013 tracking the rise of its apps.

Below, you can find out how Talking Angela really works – with screenshots – to lớn help you make an informed decision about whether it’s suitable for your children.

Talking Angela has a child mode, but it"s too easy to lớn turn off. Photograph: PR

Turn Child Mode on

Talking Angela was released in December 2012 for iPhone & ipad tablet, then in January 2013 for Android. It follows the pattern of previous Talking Tom and Friends apps: a virtual animal who’ll squeakily repeat anything you say inkhổng lồ your device’s microphone, while interacting with her by tapping & swiping on the screen.

The most important thing for parents lớn underst& is that Talking Angela has a child mode. You’re asked if you want lớn turn it on the first time you run the ứng dụng, and at any other point you can toggle it on or off by tapping on the little smiley face at the top right of the screen.

This is important, because the feature at the centre of the scary Facebook messages – Angela’s ability khổng lồ text-chat with users – is turned off when Child Mode is toggled on. If you’ve sầu read about Angela asking kids for their names, ages or engaging in banter about clothes-swapping parties, none of this can happen if Child Mode is on.

The downside of this: it’s far too easy khổng lồ toggle it on và off – there’s no Sạc preventing a child from tapping on the smiley face và switching it bachồng on. Given the current controversy, this would be an easy but important change for Outfit7 to lớn make.

What can kids do when Child Mode is turned on, though? They can get Angela lớn repeat her words, stroke and poke her (in the non-inappropriate sense!) lớn see animated responses, và make birds fly onto the screen – don’t worry, she doesn’t eat them.

There is also a camera feature, which has been referenced in some of the Facebook messages about Talking Angela. It’s true that it encourages users to lớn look into lớn their device’s camera và make specific gestures: nod, shake head, smile, yawn or stick out their tongue, so Angela can copy it.

YouTube comments: not always child-friendly language. Photograph: PR

Some changes needed

As a parent, there are some features in Talking Angela that concern me, although not the ones being cited in the Facebook hoax messages.

First, there’s a musical-note button at the bottom right which on my smartphone launched the YouTube app with the official Talking Tom & Friends channel – starting with a đoạn phim trailer for the separate My Talking Tom mobile game.

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The problem here: kids can easily scroll down lớn the comments section (samples: “I vì not know why the fuông chồng there’re many dislikes” and “Was I the only one who thought he was spelling out fuck?”. Not the kind of reading material you’d want for your young child.

You can also tap a “more” button khổng lồ see suggestions of other videos, some of which are from Outfit7’s channel, and some of which aren’t. And then watching those videos brings up more suggestions, and so on. If you wouldn’t type “cats” into lớn YouTube’s tìm kiếm box then leave sầu your child to lớn get on with it, you shouldn’t leave sầu them unattended with Talking Angela.

Next, in-app ads. If you download Talking Angela for không lấy phí, it’ll display banner ads at the top of the screen. They’re generally ads for other apps: Hotels.com, Google and (in a curveball) the Department for Work & Pensions all appeared while I was using it today. Usually, tapping on a banner ad takes you to its download page on the ứng dụng store.

Finally, in-app purchases. Talking Angela uses a system of virtual coins lớn buy some features: presents & accessories for Angela, for example, from hats and handbags lớn makeup. Whoever’s using the ứng dụng gets 25 miễn phí coins a day, while others can be bought from an in-ứng dụng store: from £0.69 for 4,200 khổng lồ £17.49 for 146,500.

Meanwhile, the phầm mềm also offers không lấy phí coins in return for watching video ads for other apps: The Simpsons: Tapped Out, Knights & Dragons, Total Domination Reborn, Battle Camp and Monster Legends for example.

If you’ve turned on your parental và phầm mềm store restrictions, your kids shouldn’t be able lớn download miễn phí apps or make in-app purchases without your permission. Whether you feel comfortable with the features above is your decision, though.

Items are bought using virtual coins in Talking Angela. Photograph: PR

Text-chatting with Angela

Finally, what happens if you turn child mode off – as any child can relatively easily – & start chatting to lớn Angela using the text box at the bottom of the screen? It’s this feature that’s fuelled the Facebook hoax.

While it’s definitely not connecting your children to lớn paedophiles, it does raise some issues. These are all genuine questions that Angela asked me while I chatted to her:

“How long have you been friends with your best friend?”

“I’ve sầu met my best friends at school. Where did you meet yours?”

“What will you vì chưng today?”

“I’d lượt thích to be your frikết thúc. What’s your name?

“I’m 18. How old are you?”

“What do you bởi with your friends for fun?”

And yes, Angela does ask at one point “You know what’s fun too? A clothing swap các buổi tiệc nhỏ. Have you ever been lớn such a party?” before segueing inlớn an anecdote about how she swapped clothes with her virtual boyfriend Tom for japes.

It ends innocently – “Friends ROFLed and everybody toàn thân at the các buổi tiệc nhỏ cheered at us. It was a cool night!” – but taken out of context with some of the questions above, it’s no surprise that parents are spooked. She’ll even tell you that “cát sex is hair raising. It’s purrfect” if you ask her about, well, cát sex. As some children surely will.

The point: children aren’t meant to be using Talking Angela’s text-chat feature, yet the app’s developer hasn’t taken any meaningful measures khổng lồ prevent them from simply toggling the child mode off. There’s not even the “swipe down with two fingers” or “write this sequence of numbers as figures” parental gate that’s become common in children’s apps in recent months.

The text-chat in Talking Angela isn"t aimed at children. Photograph: PR

Responsibility on both sides

This is the main thing lớn understand about Talking Angela: it’s an phầm mềm aimed at children & adults alượt thích, including text-chat that would seem cheeky and silly for the latter, but inappropriate for the former. The problem is the lack of a strong-enough barrier between the two modes.

When it comes down to it, your children are still going to be chatting khổng lồ & sticking their tongues out at a cartoon mèo, not falling into the clutches of the “PEDO RING” that’s been mentioned on Facebook.

A couple of commenters on my previous article about the Talking Angela hoax suggested concerns about the tiện ích normalising the kind of conversations that you wouldn’t want children having with strangers in the real world. That’s a legitimate criticism, & one that Outfit7 should act on by making it harder for kids to lớn turn off the Child Mode.

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But the hoax is a reminder that as parents, we also have responsibilities khổng lồ be aware of what apps our kids are using và how they work – from first-hvà experience. For now, I would steer my children to lớn other apps rather than Talking Angela, but that’s based on testing it out for myself, rather than believing hysterical ALL-CAPS warnings posted on Facebook.