What is Jott Messenger? Parent App Guide (Video)

Jott Messenger is an app that allows students to send individual and group messages without a data plan or a WiFi connection

  • Jott messenger creates a closed network with other devices (usually using a direct bluetooth signal) and can reach other users up to 100-feet
  • Users create a profile that can link to their profiles on other social networks, explore other profiles, group chat, and join a squad (group of users)
  • Share your goals, interests, photos and videos to your public story or to individual users

Jott Messenger in the news

The names of other kids using [Jott Messenger] are being shared with not just strangers, but adult strangers. –Cyber Safety Consulting

  • “As with all messaging apps, users can basically send or receive anything, especially when pictures are involved.”Common Sense Media
  • “The names of other kids using [Jott Messenger] are being shared with not just strangers, but adult strangers.” –Cyber Safety Consulting

Why should parents care?

Without proof that they are a student, users can add any school and see the profiles of students that go there.

  • Jott Messenger provides a way for students without the data plan needed to text, or a smartphone, to still message with their friends
  • Students’ profile pictures are emailed to anyone they invite to use the app, including strangers and adults
  • Like Snapchat, Jott includes a “self-destructing” feature that lets the user decide when a message, photo, or video will disappear
  • Without proof that they are a student, users can add any school and see the basic profiles of students that go to that school

What can parents do?

Just because a photo, video, or post “self-destructs”, doesn’t mean that the message will remain private.

  • Ensure your student knows that just because their photo, video, or post “self-destructs”, it doesn’t mean their message will remain private
  • Teach your teens to judge a photo or message before they send anything through Jott, texting, or on social media
    • Challenge students to contemplate whether or not their post could negatively affect their online reputation

If your teen uses Jott Messenger:

  • Discuss the safety concerns of other students sharing your student’s personal information with strangers
  • Ask them to delete the app

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