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

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Parents say

age 15+
Based on 85 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 61 reviews
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 moved into mature language and sexual content and was told to lie about his age and to hide this from his parents. Obviously, this app is not safely monitored for children. We do our best to educate and monitor their internet actions but I learned how easy it is for good kids to be targeted and slowly sucked into participating in a way that is not of their usual character.
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. // 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. // 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. // 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!) // 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. // 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. // 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 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 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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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 byFor Y. October 30, 2016

Bullies are welcome but the curators do nothing! Support does nothing too!

I was a user on Metal Amino. If your kid likes metal that's great BUT don't let him/her be on Metal Amino. It's full of bullies (who even bully autists), they respond with lenny faces & kys (Kill yourself) but they do much more terrible things. The curators/leaders are bullies and the weird thing was that people love those bullies! AMINO itself can include chats about pokemon but then members send you pornographic images (Seriously!?), Everything bad about social medias can be found on metal amino & it's much more than on facebook,twitter etc. Avoid this place! Here's a link for more details:http://aminoapps.com/page/heavy-metal/8838911/cookiegrinder-why-i-left-m...

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Adult Written bychris d. January 6, 2017

Can't speak for all communities but the ones I am a part of are mostly fine

I gotta say that I am surprised at the negative reviews this app is getting I use it myself i own cat amino music amino tv & movie amino and food amino I haven't had a real problem with the apps myself yes I get you can talk to strangers but that's the point to make new friends if you are concerned about what your kids are using in the community's make an account yourself and see who knows you might have fun I love my Amino's

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Parent Written byKatie M. March 18, 2017

Sexual content

This is a horrible app. Do not let your child under the age of 18 access this app. I caught my son (10yrs old) talking about inappropriate sexual activity with strangers. I think this app should be banned! This is just another way for sexual predators to get to our children. Since finding these convos I have deleted the app off of my sons phone and he now has limited access to his phone. It's sad that I have to monitor my 10yr olds phone on a nightly basis because of apps like this one!!

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Parent Written byMichelle W. January 16, 2017

Iffy for a young teen

I found Amino on daughter's phone when doing a check. I was not happy with a few of the communities she was following. I do not feel that some of these communities are safe or appropriate for a young teens. Some of these communities can include gender and sexuality, self harm, creepypasta, slenderman, etc.

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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.
Parent Written byLee T. February 17, 2017

Over 18s only

Caught my 12 year old son having inappropriate sex chat with a stranger! Be very careful if you let your child use it.

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Adult Written byR L. March 16, 2017

Dangerous!

Entiching to young ones but the worst part is this: After several attempts at emailing the various addresses, I'm told they are refusing to delete a CHILD's profile without providing the CHILD's email FOR SECURITY PURPOSES..after the child has been interacting with adults although it's specified that it is NOT for children for obvious reasons. As if we provide the kids with emails so they can join this skanky nasty site. We need to form a class action suit so they will keep our KIDS away from this!!!
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 byLizzie B March 1, 2017

Cannot delete your account and the Horror community has ridiculous rules and very rude moderators

The community has guidelines where they strictly monitor what people post. This would be ok if they were just monitoring spam or if they were monitoring language, nudity, ecc. Instead they require posters to avoid what they call "simple posts". they claim this is done for quality checks, as if they have any qualifications to judge quality is. When I put forward legitimate concerns on this subject, instead of answering these concerns the moderators were rude and basically said: sorry you don't like it, this is the way it is. Did not answer any of the questions, just rude answers. They have no proof that the entire or the majority of the community wants that, 3 people mentioned it to them so that must have been true, right? They have unclear and arbitrary decisions on what quality content is and enforce a ridiculous way of censoring their users. Very stupid. The worst part of all, is that you cannot leave a community or delete your profile! That is the worst part of this app.

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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 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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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 byLori V. August 11, 2017

Don't let your kids use this app!!!!

I naively let my 13 year old daughter get this app. What it let her do is chat with random strangers online. The chats were very explicit and sexual. I have deleted this app once from her phone and she has found other ways to get back into it. Very dangerous and horrible app!!!!

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Parent of a 13 year old Written byNick L. January 6, 2018

A pedophile has been talking to my daughter on this site!

As per usual, every 3 weeks I go through my daughter Maigret's iPhone 3GS that I gave her for Christmas one year ago. But this last time I that I went through her phone, I had discovered this new application that she had downloaded, called Amino. Curious, I had decided to look at the app. I soon found out that the application allowed for communication to strangers via direct messages, or public rooms where you can post images or text, called forums. I had then decided to check Maigret's messages over the Amino app, only to find out that a pedophile named Mark had been communicating with my daughter! Maigret had told me that she met this man through the "Splatoon" Amino. He had asked my daughter multiple different sexual things, and sent Maigret a PICTURE OF HIS PENIS as well! After finding out that my daughter had been frequently communicating with this pedophile, I immediately took her iPhone 3GS, threw it into a fire, and forced her to watch as it burned. I have also taken her out of public school, and have placed her into a all-Christian private school, and I am now paying for counseling for her. Parents, BEWARE of this HORRIBLE app!

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