Village-Safe Social for Family

Village Social (No Apple or Google Rating, Social Networking)

Village Social is a social networking software for iOS and Android smartphones that prioritizes individuals before algorithms and addictive methods. It comes complete with the basics of social networking apps like creating profiles, adding contacts, and sharing photos and messages. The design is oriented toward parental monitoring and content censoring.

Village Social Says NO To:

  • No to selling collected user data, and keeps it private.
  • No in-app purchases or ads.
  • No to vanity metrics and social comparison markers like streaks or followers
  • No social feeds with public connections
  • No to gamification

Village Social Says YES To:

  1. Yes to private accounts.
  2. Yes to the ability to block accounts.
  3. Yes to smart technology that can block inappropriate image and text content (nudity, etc.).
  4. Yes to a minimum expiration of 24 hours for created social posts.

What Else Should Parents Know About The App?

Village Social features parent and child profiles, requiring an email address to begin. However, if a parent creates a child account, the child account does not require an email address. It is important to note that children can create accounts without parental approval. Parents may connect with their children’s profiles and access a complete set of settings.

Parental Controls

The parental controls for Village Social are very robust, allowing parents to link with child profiles, monitor the number of messages sent each day, and receive warnings when messages or photographs are tagged as unsuitable. Parents can also restrict their children’s ability to follow hyperlinks received in communications.

The fundamentals allow parents to be alerted of new discussions, grant children access to send and receive messages, manage their profiles, and choose picture ratings. Parents will also receive notifications when their children receive new messages. Explicit photos are immediately prohibited; no parent account is required. An insights feature displays a graphical representation of total daily messages and a record of whom a child is messaging.

Potential Problems

The app presents no apparent problems for your child’s safety or well-being. This assessment is made with the assumption that your child or teen will only have access to communicate with people you have approved of, whether they be friends or family.


I recommend this app for various stages in your child or teen’s social media journey, especially in that it is meant to exclude public content and interaction. This social networking application provides various parental control choices, but because children are granted some privacy, they must learn to use it properly.

It’s a welcome shift to see that public material, feeds, likes, followers, and streaks are not permitted. Parents and children should collaborate to effectively benefit from the safety feature of the Village Social app.

The content of messages and photographs is not shared with parents, and children can register accounts without a parent profile. Although parents can choose to get notifications, children can erase social posts within an hour. As a result, it is best suited for kids who are aware of the potential hazards of social networking and have displayed responsible media usage in the past.

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About the Author

Clayton Cranford
Clayton Cranford is a retired Sergeant from Orange County Sheriff's Department in California and owner of Total Safety Solutions LLC. Clayton is one of the nation’s leading law enforcement educators on social media, child safety, and behavioral threat assessments. Clayton is the author of the definitive book on cyber safety for families, “Parenting in the Digital World.” Clayton has more than 20 years of teaching experience and was awarded the 2015 National Bullying Prevention Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council, and the 2015 American Legion Medal of Merit. Clayton was a member of the County's Behavioral Threat Assessment Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, School Resource Officer program, and Juvenile Bureau.