Amino - Communities, Chat, Forums, and Groups

App review by
Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Social-networking communities work best for teens.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 92 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 66 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

It's a little hard to join a group without automatically following everyone who's already in it, and it's a little confusing to figure out how to search and join new groups.

Violence

No violence generated by the app, but user-created content -- such as the communities for horror and TV shows such as Game of Thrones --  definitely touch on violent themes.

Sex

No sexual content generated by app, but definitely sexual content in some communities, including those for anime and some musicians.

Language

No profanity generated by app, but there's limited content moderation, so kids could definitely encounter some strong language.

Consumerism

There's nothing explicitly for sale within the app, though some users might feel prompted to buy songs or download media that other community members discuss.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No drug references generated by app, but there are no limits on posts about drinking, drugs, or smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Amino - Communities, Chat, Forums, and Groups is an app that lets users join online communities related to anime, gaming, books, and more. This app lets users explore all available Amino communities and create their own groups; there are also other community-specific apps from the same developer, such as Poké Amino. While the communities are predominantly positive, bad language, violent references, and sexual themes crop up throughout, making this a potentially iffy choice for young teens. Also, you can easily browse users and follow them, and it's not clear that users can opt out of such public searches. Users can engage with each other through text, voice, and video chat and can share their general location in their profile. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byA C. October 17, 2016

Not safe

My 12 year old son enjoyed chatting with others who he thought enjoyed similar interests and writing stories was slowly introduced to role play chats that move... Continue reading
Adult Written byAmy Mist D. September 2, 2017

Be aware of what this app is

(Edit: I have added slashes between paragraphs, because the site does not support page breaks. Sorry about the wall of text, but I really believe the informatio... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 12, 2017

A Great App- If You Use it Wisely

The Amino apps are great. Basically you can create or join communities, that are on different topics. There are communities on games, singers/bands, books, show... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byApolloJusticeFan May 24, 2017

Why Amino is not that bad.

To be honest, I feel like all these reviewers are over-exaggerating. First of all, the drama is not only caused by ten year old kids. I have seen various drama... Continue reading

What's it about?

AMINO - COMMUNITIES, CHAT, FORUMS, AND GROUPS is an app that lets users access and contribute to communities about a range of subjects, including bands, books, genres, and activities. The communities around gaming, anime, K-pop, and horror are especially active, and users can join or create as many communities as they like. When users create an account and log in for the first time, they can browse a range of suggested communities and use the "Explore" tab to browse lists of communities curated by users and organized by subjects, such as music, technology, video games, and sports. When you tap a community, you can view its description, community guidelines, and the number of registered users in that group. Once you tap "Join Community," you can browse members' posts on the Front Page, check out posts from users you're following, and join or create public chats on a variety of conversation topics. You can add posts to your Favorites and share your Favorites through the Catalog feature, which lets users collect and organize related content for their own use or for others to browse. You can also follow individual users and other users can elect to follow you. You can chat through text, voice, or video formats and share your general location in your profile.

Is it any good?

Equal parts internet chat room, social media platform, and fan art gallery, this network is a place for fans to share about the things they love, but there are privacy concerns and iffy content. Nicely, each community has its own guidelines that encourage users to be supportive and to keep their language clean, and most users abide by these standards. It's exciting for teens for find or even create a community focused on media or topics they love, and the language within the app invites users to "demonstrate your knowledge" and "join the conversation." However, there are definitely some privacy concerns here: You can follow users at will and others can follow you, and posting in a public community makes your post visible to any other user in that community. You can create closed communities, but teens will more likely gravitate toward the more established, more active existing groups. Since the chat feature can also include voice and video, and there are a mix of adults and kids using the app, parents should decide if their teen can use chat (and which type is okay). With their teen, parents should also make sure no location in included in their kid's profile. In terms of user-friendliness, it can be hard to navigate at first, so it's not initially super easy to fully jump in, but teens will get the hang of it with some practice. Ultimately, with some smart digital citizenship skills in place, teens can find a lively, positive digital space to connect with like-minded enthusiasts from around the world.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about content sharing and online privacy in Amino - Community, Chat, Forums, and Groups. What kinds of things are appropriate to share online? What aren't? 

  • Discuss the importance of online etiquette. Why is it important to be nice when you talk to people online? How can you contribute to a positive online community?

App details

For kids who love social networking and teen apps

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