Parent reviews for Amino - Communities, Chat, Forums, and Groups

Common Sense says

Social-networking communities work best for teens.
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Parents say

age 15+
Based on 142 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 154 reviews
Adult Written byAce W. November 17, 2017

Not good

this is coming from a kid and I dont care if im the only one telling the truth. im 13 and im in many aminos. im not saying all are bad but in the majority there is a lot of sexual content, swearing, and violance. please don´t let your kids get on this app. it will tear them down and make then frell completly useless. I am an artist and i have met amazng people on the art amino but there are also A LOT of people who dicaurge you. ive been told that my art sucks and i should just stop trying. but im not the only one. I search for victums in every comunity and i target then to be the nicest to. it hurts me as a child to think that this is what we are being exposed to. i have been in many chats with kids under the age of 14 and ive had to talk to them and tell them that they are not useless and that people love them when i don´t even know them. this app hurt people and is not ment for the light hearted kids that are in it. please, please, please parents.do not let your kid have this, for their sake.

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Adult Written bySierra M May 13, 2018

Great App

I use this app, as do my younger family members. A lot of people claim it should be 16+ or 18+, but that is incorrect. If your child or teenager has a sexual conversation online, you cannot blame the app. Every app that has a private message feature has people who speak sexually. From my personal experience, if you screenshot the conversation and report it to a leader or the Amino Team themselves, it is usually handled quickly. Flagging the content for the Amino Team to see also helps, as they super ban the user who was being inappropriate. (Note: a super ban is a ban that bans the entire account from the app.)

Over all, I rate this app 5 stars, and give it a 13+ age review, as people do swear on this app. I highly recommend this app, as it is a LOT safer than most other social media apps.

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Parent of a 11-year-old Written byAustin M. September 15, 2017

Not that bad

I don't think that this app is as bad as what the other parents are saying, I use this app myself and I love it. There are some communities that children shouldn't be in, but I think it should be fine as long as you monitor what communities your kids are in from time to time.

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Written byAnonymous June 26, 2017

Disgusting app & not safe!

This app is horrible, my child started enjoying stories and added their own stories to begin with but it didn't take long for the private chats to start! I checked the phone and was shocked at the sexual content my child was exposed to using this app by people claiming to be in love and the only person you can trust. It turns children against their families and isolates them so they feel they need to be on this app Day and night chatting to these sick twisted people that ultimately end up making them feel depressed and suicial because they feel alone in their own home not wanting to seek help!
Keep your children off this app and be sure to check other apps that allow private chats because these people also add your children on other apps as a backup chat system.

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Parent of a 14-year-old Written byDebbie M. April 1, 2017

Concerned mom

Keep your young teen away!!!! My daughter and her friends are obsessed with this app. I found my child in communities and role playing with strangers slowing progressing to sexual content. She feels that she NEEDS to be in this app and can't be with out it. After removing the app she finds ways to get back on secretly. It has caused emotional harm to her.. I am going to have to seek counseling for her!! Bullying, sexual content and the fact that you don't truly know the ages of the others you speak to in this app!! It's horrible!!
Parent Written byKaydence T. March 28, 2018

It's completely harmless!

I'm seeing alot of negative and uneducated reviews about this app. It is my responsibility as a parent to monitor my child's usage of the app, you can log into the app on two devices at once so it's easy to monitor. If I see any bad content I either remove him from the community or report any bad behaviour because every community has guidelines on the app and they are all child friendly, as long as you let the community leader know who's doing what, they can resolve the problem. Sit down and talk to your child calmly if they are engaging in sexual content, don't get angry at them, because that just makes them want to do it more. Make sure they understand cyber safety and assure them that if they feel in danger that you can help them no matter what.

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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 information I wrote is valuable.)//
I see a lot of reviews of this app that seem very shocked and reactionary to me, and I would like to provide some clear, and hopefully helpful information.
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While Amino is intended to be accessible for young users, it is still an online social community. It is also intended to be used by adults, and on any such community, there is the potential for unscrupulous users to join with the intention to harass or take advantage of the youngest users. Many of the communities are user-moderated, run by people with little moderation experience who are often minors themselves.
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I don't think the app is inherently bad for kids- it serves as a way for people of a variety of age groups to discuss their interests with like-minded people.
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If your child is interested in using this, I think you should let them, but ONLY after you coach them in internet safety. Make sure they know what sort of things to look out for. Make sure they can recognize when someone they are speaking with is acting inappropriately. Make extra sure that they know how to use the apps reporting and blocking features to disengage with users who are behaving badly. (And make sure that they know it is okay to do so- I often see a stigma against blocking that considers it cowardly or weak; make sure your child is not harmed by that rhetoric!)
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And most of all, make it absolutely, totally clear that your child can ALWAYS come to you if they see something on the app that they don't know how to deal with! I've heard stories of children being afraid to tell their parents about what they're dealing with because they don't want to get in trouble.
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One final warning- at the time of this writing, Amino Apps has recently introduced voice and video chat features. Not all communities on the app have them available, but this introduces a new avenue of danger. If you trust your child to listen, I simply advise that you ask them not to use these features without you nearby.
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It may seem strange that I've rated the app so highly after spending several paragraphs talking about how dangerous it can be, but I do think it's perfectly capable of being a very positive outlet for creativity and social interaction. As with any social media though, it must be treated with the utmost care.

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Parent Written byTresa H May 1, 2018

PREDATOR APP!! Don't let your teens near it

Our daughter got this app to practice creative writing. She's always been extremely responsible with apps and creative online tools. After using it for 2 months, she started to become very isolated (always in her room "listening to music on the phone"), secretive, anxious and her grades plummeted. Recognizing the red flags, we checked her social media and were horrified. She'd met someone in a chat room who encouraged her to question her sexuality, engaged her in bisexual role play and they were planning to meet in person!!! It happened so quick. The content we saw was clearly predatory and so, so scary. When we trashed the app and locked down the phone, she begged us to let her say goodbye to her "community". This app is very addictive and has devastated our family. Since taking it away and getting therapy, our happy, conscientious, daughter has reemerged. She says the compulsion, disguised commoradere, escalating mixed messages, shame, and encouragement to hide content from parents/friends made her life miserable. IMO, this app should be illegal.
Adult Written byWithos E. May 8, 2018

Really good for staying in touch with communities.

There really aren't many bad users. You can easily avoid them while still staying in touch with the community. Don't listen to the others who just saw one thing and thought that it was headed to sexual content. It most likely wasn't as sexual content is banned and is an offense that will get you removed from that community. Other parents should actually use this app before posting a review.

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Adult Written byMatthew Vacanti V. April 24, 2018

Folks need an Education

Ok, after reading through all those comments, parents need to get educated.
Firstly the parent that burnt her kids new phone and took her out of school needs an examination herself.
Secondly, Amino is made up of hundreds of community's, not one giant one - and heck, you can even make your own!
Thirdly, each community governs itself and the creator of the app has no involvement in that whatsoever(they can't revoke an Amino because they failed to enforce their rules no matter how many times you bitch about it).
Fourthly, if a community marks itself as being for an older age group and your child ends up there, educate your child. Not blame the community for lack of whatever.
Fifly, all gamers yell and curse at each other over stuff(Pokemon included). It's just how it is.

Now, I grew up during one of the most rebellious time periods ever and my parents were both Marine Corp. I stood my ground on alot of issues and eventually they saw my point of view(not always, but mostly). The more you attempt to clamp down on what your kid does, the more they'll rebel as they get older plus come up with ways of circumventing what you were trying to do to begin with. When it comes to Amino, there are good communities here. I'm part of a few of em, one's for art, one's for Furs and one's for Minecraft. Nude stuff does creep by every now and then but if you're really that prude, know this: the average child's brain's already developed and thinking for themself by the age of 5. By 5 I was taking computers apart and putting them back together again. By 10 I already knew what the internet was, what virus' were, how to build a website, and the anatomy of men and women.

The point is you people overreact way too much when it comes to stuff like this, and a good app like Amino shouldn't be drug down because of it.
There, there's my 2 cents as a green party voting open-minded Pagan.
Adult Written byJen K. March 22, 2017

Horror Amino

Horror amino...it's moderated unfairly. I tried creating favorites that weren't in the catalog, looked at other faves a guide, And was denied...ok. so then I try chat new members, got talking and posted a picture of the snow ooutside, was quickly scolded not to post 'selfies', literally the next day on the same chat room I go in and see a friend of the moderator posting a picture of himself with his cat so what I have noticed is it seems like a lot of little napoleons running that website what's not okay for everyone new seems to be ok for certain people and certain things you can say certain things you can't say but yet they let other people it's just very random super hypocritical and it shows favoritism in the worst way there were too many rules and regulations it turned what was fun into not fun at all bunch of little Nazis running that website I think it'd be a great idea but not as an amino seems to me the amino sites they just let little crazy people run that get to pick and choose who their favorites are and when the rules apply

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Adult Written byDJ K. February 28, 2018

Best App Ever

I joined Amino a couple years back (or close to a couple years) and I adore it to death,

I made my own Community called “Yuri Amino”
#FamilyFriendly

I would recommend this app to everyone

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Some parents don’t like the Trolls that go around and say “Kill yourself”

Since the older Generation doesn’t understand (this also includes Overprotective parents (Which also disgust me))

Most of the time when someone on the app says “Kill yourself” that doesn’t correlate to bullying

It’s just him being a troll , and all trolls want attention

Every community that you join within the app has leaders and curators

Curators can’t ban/Strike Members, they are only able to delete messages and hide posts and profiles

Leaders in the other had are capable of banning members, striking members and hiding posts and profiles

When someone posts “porn” in the chats, you should show that to the leaders and they will handle it because porn is against the guidelines of the app
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There are communities (usually smaller) that are ran by Kids (usually 13 and under) and you can tell right away, that they really don’t know what they are doing and they aren’t the most mature leader on the app, also they have tons of biasness an example would be that let’s say their friend comes at you and starts calling you names, and you take that to the leader, since the leader is biased and likes his friend, he will ignore it or just ban you instead

So I would recommend staying away from “Unlisted”/ “Smaller” Communities to avoid this problem

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A lot of these over protective parents kinda puts down the app because of a couple bad eggs , which to me is bullshit

Because literally EVERY app will have bad eggs in it, so get the F- over it

(I don’t like overprotective parents, you can tell)

Again, I like this app, and il forever recommend it

(Also communities about sexuality and Genders isn’t inappropriate, it’s just your kids being with other people that they identify with , and You OVERPROTECTIVE PARENTS can’t change their gender or sexuality, if your kids are gay/Les then you can’t change that, It’s simply impossible, they will never open up to you if you keep trying to punish them for it, so just Stop, just because you don’t like Gays or les people doesn’t mean you have to Force your kid to be Straight

If you don’t like them being Gay/Bi/Les or whatever, then maybe you shouldn’t of been a parent , because parents are suppose to support their child, not force them because your biased about something

If it’s about drugs and alcohol, then yes , to whatever you can to stop it

But (AGAIN) if it’s about gender and sexuality then LEAVE IT ALONE

(overprotective parents is the biggest reason why kids run away and Rebel)

If you want to talk about this then you can find me in “Yuri Amino” I’m the owner of it

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Adult Written byShadowFox 1. February 9, 2018

Good App!

What I think about this Amino is that it is a harmless , and I even have it myself. Even though there are some inappropriate people on the app, you can always block them. Also some people are really fun to RP with ( roleplay ), and some are nice and don't want to know any personal info. I have grown to love Amino and it is my first favorite app.

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Adult Written byRenee H January 9, 2018

As long as you're careful, it's the safest social media site there is

I'm a leader on multiple communities on Amino and I just wanted to give some insider advice.

Amino, while it has a set of rules in place, is entirely self-governed by the individual communities. This means it's up to the leaders of those communities to enforce rules about material being presented and discussed.

Many communities, in particular the larger, more kid-friendly topics, have incredibly respectful community leaders who try their hardest to keep the app safe for kids and teens.

It's ultimately up to you, the parents, to determine whether or not you think this app is okay for kids, but in my opinion it's worlds safer than Facebook, Instagram, etc.

I just wanted to log in and mention all of this from an insider's point of view. The leaders of the communities, for the most part, do as much as they can to keep the app safe for everyone, and yes we can see every message that's being sent.

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Parent Written byJulia N. December 3, 2017
Adult Written byTanya S. March 16, 2017

Way too much spam and scam

There are hundreds of bots signing up to the app every day and they're sending phishing messages to your kids through this app. They're trying to get personal information to scam your personal accounts and other applications.
There's also many sexually frustrated people (Whether they are adults or teens it is uncertain) who are pestering other users regardless of age for "1 on 1 roleplay" where they will initiate a sexual experience with the user.
Don't let your underage kids use this app.

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Adult Written byBear H. February 26, 2017

why did you get this app? if your younger than eighteen

it says not to get this app if your younger than eighteen so you get anyway its not the apps fault its like saying here child have this beer even though your to younger. later on your kids sick. ohhh this beer is bad for you lets go tell the beer company this!!!
Adult Written byMama_of_5 November 3, 2019

Parents Please advise other Parents!! Block Amino Apps..Preditory behaviors, sexual content!!

My son has been talking to people who say that they're friends. At first glance i see normal storylines and fun things for creative young minds. As a little time went by my 11 year old now knows names of xxxsites and how to access them free. As well as what specific words to search up. I caught him talking to some guy who said he was 25 at 5 am having an explicit role playing episode!! Wth I'm freaking out and my son doesnt realize what was really happening there. It's called Grooming in my dictionary! And I know what it is I most certainly my do. Below the surface of this app is dark scary and predator filled chat rooms! I can't stand the thought of anybody's child getting put into a situation they don't know how to get away from. Just delete and block it so its one less obstacle in your child's way. That will be putting their safety in jeapordy. I hope you read this And take my word as truth. I'm not an idiot and ibinow kids explore things at ages 11 and up but he was actually receiving specific things to watch with his friend on the other end. They can also video chat or connect through phone call through instant messaging. I'm so against this on So many levels . Its just smart to prevent any such horrible scenarios that we all dread from happening rather than the alternatives. Good luck fellow parents and here's hoping our kids stay safe! Block block block
Clarifucation....
There are predators and bullying characters lying in wait to find a kid to get aHold of in these storyline roo s. After some time in the chatroms where they are watched they will privately message your child and that's where the seriousness escalates and where our kids feel they can't be without this app. Someone is responding to the confusions of the world head on and making our kids believe we are the bad guys. Its not 5 he all itself it's the features these Am I o app provide, making it. Easy for predators to Lou ce on our kids!! That's what I'm concerned about. Knowledge is a powerful tool and teaching safety over the internet is detrimental. After that though you can only hope they listened. Sadly, these sickos have it all lined up to confuse what these kids now know.

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Adult Written byMyblueorchid February 17, 2019

Absolutely not!!!

These apps are made to make children want them, yet COMPLETELY inappropriate and dangerous for kids. DO NOT ALLOW your kids to have. Read the other reviews and keep your kids safe online.

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Adult Written byRavenjadeAK October 21, 2018

Great concept - terrible reality

Amino reminds me of the old Yahoo chatrooms. You can join a group based on interests, and chat in differing group or private chats. This concept is great. However these private chats are rarely monitored as only those invited can join the chat. Even if it is a group role playing chat, if it is not public it is not monitored.This is how most people get around the Team Amino guidelines about sexting and other inappropriate behaviors.

In these private chats (group or one-on-one) teens are exposed to discussions about sex, self-harm, mental health and other dangerous topics. Often teens will say that "it's just role play" "it's not real". It doesnt matter, its inappropriate especially when they are sexting with adults.

Members will create lies about their lives to attract attention and sympathy. These lies create serious consequences for people outside of the app. In the Anime amino in particular there are predators, and people encouraging unsafe behavior. My daughter was encouraged to run away, engage in sexually explicit chats with adults, self-harm, and to believe she has multiple personalities. She was taught how to hide the app before I could go through her phone, and that my level of involvement in her online activities was tantamount to abuse.

Despite numerous tries to delete her account and restrict her phone access my daughter began accessing the app on her laptop. I was unable to get the app developers to do much of anything for 6 months.

Finally I was able to take screen shots of best and this adult Male violating the guidelines and after a lengthy verification process Team Amino banned my daughter.

The process is ridiculous and I should not have to go through such lengths to protect my child from her poor decisions and predators. Be aware of the many ways teens and children can get around parental restrictions with this app, including emailing themselves links so they dont install through the app store. Be very suspicious if your child is reluctant to show you what they have been doing on their devices, and incredibly concerned if you see deleted messages as this is how they hide things.

All in all the idea of this app is great but in reality the app is dangerous and poorly monitored. The developers are not helpful and this is no place for children or teens.

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