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No, 'Talking Angela' isn't putting your child in danger

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The application asks the user if he or she wishes to enable child mode the first time it is used. The application asks the user if he or she wishes to enable child mode the first time it is used.
Snopes says the problem may be that child mode is extremely easy to turn off. Kids may even do it by mistake by tapping a small smiley face in the top right corner of the application, circled here in red. Snopes says the problem may be that child mode is extremely easy to turn off. Kids may even do it by mistake by tapping a small smiley face in the top right corner of the application, circled here in red.
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Rumors are circulating on Facebook by email that the "Talking Angela" application for iOS unsafely prompts children to provide personal information about themselves.   One such accusation even made its way to the Toledo News Now Facebook page.

According to Snopes.com, the claims are without merit. The site, which investigates Internet rumors, calls the claims "false."

"Talking Angela" will repeat what children say, mimic their movements using the device's camera and respond to the child touching the screen.

According to Snopes, the application will not ask children questions when in Child Mode. When Child Mode is turned off, the application may ask questions about dating and other subjects parents may find inappropriate for young children.

Snopes says the problem may be that Child Mode is easy to turn off. Kids may even do it by mistake by tapping a small smiley face in the top right corner of the application.

Some more extreme rumors claim the application is being controlled by hackers or pedophiles. Snopes says these claims are completely false, and that text or photos from the application are not shared without the user's permission. Even with permissions, photos are only shared with social networking sites like Facebook. Text conversations with the cat are not shared with anyone.

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