YOLO is an anonymous question-asking app. It’s currently the most downloaded app among teens in the U.S. Users login through Snapchat and add an “ask me anything” sticker to their Snapchat Story. Friends swipe up on the story to open YOLO and send an anonymous question that the user answers on their Story with another sticker posted to a pic or video.
What YOLO says it is: "Share your link and let your friends tell you what they think. Reply directly in your stories!"
- Age: 12+
- Category: Social Networking
- Available on Apple only
- Developer: Popshow, Inc.
What Parents Need to Know
- It’s anonymous, which can tempt kids to say things they wouldn’t normally say
- Can lead to bullying
- May try to access the user's contacts
- Users can block or report other users for inappropriate content
- Adds an “ask me anything” stickers to user’s Story, which other Snapchat users click to send a question to the user
- Makes Snapchat more addictive
- Users review questions privately, and decide which to answer, and who to share the answer with on Snapchat
- Snapchat did not develop the app, nor do they own it – it was built using Snap Kit, which is a software creation platform that Snapchat offers
- Users must agree to their policy which includes "no tolerance for objectionable content or abusive users"
- YOLO says they will ban users for inappropriate usage
- There are no parental controls on this app
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
Why Kids Use It
- It’s anonymous, so they think they can say things they wouldn’t say normally
- They get validation or feedback from others
- Their friends use it
- Always set social media accounts to private
- Check your kid's friends list. If they don't know someone in real life, consider removing them
- YOU are the best parental control. Talk to your kids about appropriate online behavior and safety.
- Learn and use the apps your kids use, so that you can talk to them about it, and get an idea of what they are doing
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