What is VSCO?

VSCO is a photography app which allows people to take images or upload images and edit them on the app. VSCO was originally released in 2011 but it has only grown in popularity among young people in recent years. You can purchase membership on VSCO or use a free account. VSCO is available for android and iOS devices. The minimum age for using VSCO is 13 years old. Unlike most social media apps, VSCO does not have commenting features.

How can we stay safe on VSCO?

Our advice is to discuss your privacy and safety concerns with the child before permitting use of the App. Throughout your child’s use of VSCO, you may wish to check and amend their Privacy and Security settings to those that suit you. Tacklebullying.ie has a parent’s guide to social media in the Information Hub section under ‘parents’ which contains steps you can take to improve safety and privacy on VSCO.

How do I talk to my child about it?

Have the conversation,

‘I heard about this app which may pose some risks, I think we should talk about the apps that you are using to ensure they are safe…I don’t think it’s safe to use because having images like that on your phone leaves you exposed and open to someone potentially taking advantage of that. I want you to know that if you ever feel concerned about any apps or websites you use you can come and talk to me about them.’

Finally, help them to set up any apps or register for websites as you can assess the apps they use and make sure they are installed with the highest privacy and security settings.

How Can You Tell If Your Child Has Downloaded It?

When VSCO has been downloaded on a Smartphone, it will have the following App logo design. This will be displayed on the app homepage. If this is not visible, you can check whether VSCO has been downloaded onto the phone through the App Store. Also you may be able to locate your child’s VSCO activity by searching for it.