Not a properly run app. A danger to the mental condition of a child.
I am not writing this because I am concerned for my own child, as I have none.
I am writing this because I have been on the app for several months now and have come to many conclusions.
- Not properly supervised.
While they make a great deal out of writing their guidelines, letting leaders from different Aminos add their own, these are rarely kept.
Leaders in several of the amino's I have been on ignore inquiries, questions and people with trouble. Of course it is not their duty to help you sort out your life, but it is their duty to keep the communities running properly. Very few manage this and I have yet to meet one who acts above the age of a scored teenager when a mistake is pointed out to them.
This problem led me to figure out that Team Amino, those who should have final say and control always take the easy and quick solution to these problems. Instead of doing their research and finding people to run the larger communities, they turn a blind eye to them.
Even with proof of screenshots, TA does nothing but say they will look into it and then proceed to do nothing.
Because of this, the app has been allowed to establish a toxic environment that is very unsuitable for kids and even teenagers.
Those who are vulnerable, insecure and lack the ability to brush off angry trolls can be severely damaged by the behavior members on almost all amino's display.
These members are there because the leaders do not do anything to remove them and TA does nothing to make sure the leaders do their job.
I have met some who were really kind and I have met those who feel like they have been given a crown, land and title because they are a "curator" - while in fact, most are chosen because of friendship, not for their ability to help others or sort out problems. On some amino's where there are 15+ curators, 5 are inactive, 5 are rude beyond normal human behavior, 3 have no idea what they are doing and only 2 try to do their job.
And when they are reported, nothing is done by the leaders and nothing is done by TA.
All of this leads me to say that the app is surely for those above 18 years of age. I myself am 22, but had I been 15, this app would have torn me apart mentally.
I have now left the app because as a law student, it made me sick to my stomach that actions like these does not have consequences.
So of you allow your child to use this app, be aware of what they do on it. I hated when my mother got all into my business and checked my phone, but this app makes me believe there is a reason why parents need to do such a thing.
It is not just in private chats, it is scornful comments, twisted beliefs and other attention seeking young people who have no idea what to do with their emotion.
For the few months I was on the app, I heard of 16 deaths in the family, 9 attempted suicides, 11 divorces and so much more.
People lie about serious stuff like this on amino to get attention, get sympathy and create gossip. These lies are not something young children should have thrown in their faces. Not once did I ever ask for all of these stories, but I got them because they were suddenly sent to me. 70% of the people on Amino will go to scary lengths to create a lie.
It should also be noted the app is notorious for "dating" with children as far down to the age of 10 get a girlfriend or boyfriend. This often happen in private chats and can become very improper, so do watch out for that if your child is on amino.
As an ending note:
If your child is on amino and you are fine with it, I urge you to at least keep an eye on him or her. Is there ever a time where they get sad right after having been on their phone? Leave the room suddenly or something third?
Talk to them.
Pry it out of them if you have to, because there is no doubt in my mind Amino can ruin a teenager from the inside, if they do not know beforehand what they are getting themselves into.