What is the Boo App (Formerly Boomoji)?

Have these delivered to your inbox each week

What is the Boo App (Formerly Boomoji)?

March 19, 2019
Green Zone

Parents and Teachers: This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Green Zone.
We believe this app is a STARTING POINT for your student, but that you must monitor your student on every app they are on. Join our weekly newsletter to learn about the 100+ App Reviews at SmartSocial.com

Gray Zone

Parents and Teachers: Please note this app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Gray Zone.
Parents should participate in these apps with students to keep them safe.
Join our weekly newsletter to learn about the 100+ App Reviews at SmartSocial.com

Red Zone

Parents and Teachers: This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Red Zone. We believe this app is not safe for students to use without adult supervision. Join our weekly newsletter to learn about the 100+ App Reviews at SmartSocial.com

Dangerous Social media challenges

Parents and Teachers: This app is listed as a Dangerous Social Media Challenge. Knowing about social media challenges before your teen does can help you keep them safe before an incident occurs. Join our weekly newsletter to learn about the 100+ App Reviews at SmartSocial.com

Table of Contents

The Boo app (formerly Boomoji) is a social network where users create an avatar that they use to chat with others. At the time of this app guide, the Boo app is in the top 15 most popular social media apps on the Apple App Store, so it is very popular with students. In our experience, when tweens and teens have anonymous avatars to hide behind, they tend to misbehave more than if their actions are tied to their real name.

What is the Boo app?

  • The Boo app (formerly Boomoji) is a social network where users create an avatar that they use to chat with others
  • When users create an avatar, they can customize physical features, hairstyles, and outfits
  • Then, users decorate their “home” in the app, which acts like a profile
  • Users can visit each others “homes” on the app
  • The Boo app encourages users to create a greeting using their avatar and a voice recording that welcomes others to their “home”
  • Users can take selfies in the app that are turned into an avatar
  • Similar to the Mojiit app, users can place their avatar in real places with augmented reality videos
  • Users share videos or pictures of their avatars with one another
  • Friends can pair up and take pictures of their avatars together
  • Users can select their avatar’s expressions, poses, and backgrounds
  • When users play the games on the Boo app, they earn points that can be used to buy clothes, decorations, and other features for their avatar
  • Users can also use real money to buy things for their avatar

Boo app (Boomoji) marketing says:

“Boo is your own 3D avatar. Customize your avatar with tons of face features, hairstyles and outfits. Decorate your Boo home with a variety of stylish items. Have fun with friends by visiting each other’s home, sending & receiving greetings, collaborating in camera, generating dual stickers and making cool videos.”

Why should parents care?

  • At the time of this app guide, the Boo app is in the top 15 most popular social media apps on the Apple App Store, so it is very popular with students
  • The Boo app integrates with iMessage on iPhones, which helps contribute to its popularity because it’s easy to use
  • The Boo app was formerly called Boomoji but changed its name after it exposed the personal information of it 5 million users
  • If your student had the app before December 2018 (or if their friends did), it is likely that their phone number and any other personal information they linked to the app was exposed
  • In our experience, when tweens and teens have anonymous avatars to hide behind, they tend to misbehave more than if they’re actions are tied to their real name
  • Apps like these don’t help your children build a positive digital footprint

The Boo app in the news:

In December, 2018 the Boo app (formerly Boomoji) had a massive data security issue:

Popular animated avatar creator app Boomoji, with more than five million users across the world, exposed the personal data of its entire user base after it failed to put passwords on two of its internet-facing databases… Each record also included a user’s unique Boomoji ID, which was linked to other tables in the database. Those other tables included if and which school they go to — a feature Boomoji touts as a way for users to get in touch with their fellow students.

Tech Crunch

What can parents do?

  • Join SmartSocial.com/Join to learn about apps like this before the news reports on them
  • Talk to your children and remind them to never speak to strangers or share personal information over social media
  • Be on the same apps that your kids use. Follow their feeds, know who they’re talking to, and monitor their behavior
  • When you’re ready for your child to be on social media, encourage them to use the apps in the Green Zone of the SmartSocial.com Parent App Guide
  • If you decide that Boo app is safe for your family, consider sitting down with your children and creating an avatar together

Conclusion

Formerly called Boomoji, the Boo app is a social network where users create an avatar that they use to chat with others. Apps like these don’t help your children build a positive digital footprint and when tweens and teens have anonymous avatars to hide behind, they tend to misbehave more than if they’re actions are tied to their real name. If you decide that Boo app is safe for your family, consider sitting down with your children and creating an avatar together.

Do your kids have the Boo app? If so, how do you keep them safe? Let us know in the comments below!

Share Your Thoughts With Our Team

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Become a free newsletter subscriber to get our social media suggestions in your email every Tuesday & Thursday.
Dotted arrow to right
Join the Smart Social weekly newsletter for FREE guides
Right arrow
Josh Ochs headshot Round
Host a Positive Social Media Zoom Training  For Your Organization

Our remote presentations (and website) teaches over a million students each year how to shine online. We teach students how their accounts can be used to create a portfolio of positive accomplishments that impress colleges and employers.

Request SmartSocial.com To Train Your Community
Right arrow
SmartSocial podcast logo
Join Our Smart Social Podcast each week on iTunes

With over 240 episodes, Josh Ochs interviews psychologists, therapists, counselors, teachers, and parents while showing you how to navigate social media to someday shine online.

Listen on:

Apple Podcasts
Google Podcasts
Youtube
Spotify

Parents: Do you know the specific dangers inside of TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, Fortnite, Minecraft, Roblox (and more)?

Support us (by becoming a VIP Member) to learn every danger you need to know...

The SmartSocial.com VIP membership is the leading parent-friendly and student-friendly video training program that shows students how to be positive (and productive) online. Our video courses (and live events) reduce frustration between parents and students and teach students to excel with a positive digital footprint.

Read More From Smart Social:

Read More Posts On Our Blog
Right arrow

Free Parent Night: 25+ Dangers On
TikTok,  Snapchat, Instagram, Fortnite, Netflix, YouTube & More (Multiple Dates).

Join Josh for a presentation that will teach you the hidden safety features of TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, Netflix, Discord, Fortnite, Twitch & more! (Register Here)

Register For Our Free Parent Event
Right arrow
Parent Event: 25+ Dangers on TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram, Fornite, Netflix & YouTube by Josh Ochs SmartSocial.com