Reviewed by Ryan: The Locket app is becoming popular with students I work with. It’s currently #19 in Apple App store. Basically, it allows your friends to take a picture (via the app, no camera roll is permitted) and send it to your home screen via a Widget you create specifically for the Locket app. Here are a couple examples I found on the internet.

The app was created by a man who wanted to be able to send pictures to his girlfriends phone throughout the day. A very fun concept and teens love to send each other pictures.

The app is rated 12+ for the following

“Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity”

The exposure to 3rd party sexualized content is low (unless someone decides to send a picture of themselves) and since you have to add your friends, there is no easy way for predators to access your kids. It could be a distraction to youth during school and during other activities. The goal is to take pictures throughout the day and send them to your friends, hence not allowing access to the camera roll.

Overall I wouldn’t be too concerned with this app for youth 12 years and older. As always, helping to teach youth balance and responsibility with technology should always be a talking point. Set expectations and read up on how to be an invested digital parent.


Additional Reading: Locket, an app for sharing photos to friends’ homescreens, hits the top of the App Store