begroupd

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Do-all, be-all chat tool won't work for every group.

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

Ease of Play

Step-by-step start-up shows features. Features can get overwhelming, especially with multiple communications going at once.

Violence

Content of messages is highly based on who your contacts are.

Sex

Content of messages is highly based on who your contacts are.

Language

Content of messages is highly based on who your contacts are.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Content of messages is highly based on who your contacts are.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that begroupd is a group messaging app marketed by Khloe Kardashian that makes organizing group texting easier. Teens can create multiple groups and communicate via surveys, polls, events, ratings, and group chat. The app requests access to the camera and contacts and requires a phone number to create an account. The terms of service requires users be at least 13, but the App Store recommends users be 17 or older. The app only pulls contacts from the user's phone, however, so messaging with strangers is less likely than with other social media platforms, and there's no third-party content.

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What's it about?

Teens add friends to their BEGROUPD contacts or invite their existing phone contacts to download the app with a message sent from within the app. Once connected, they can set up different groups for their contacts and communicate with those groups by creating events for them to RSVP to, asking yes/no questions, setting up polls, or asking for ratings. They also can just chat, too, via text messaging within the app. The events created are synced automatically with the device's calendar, too, but that can be disabled in the settings.

Is it any good?

This very handy tool makes group communication easier, but it's only effective if everyone in the group is using an iPhone. The survey section cuts to the chase of what many group chats are about -- making plans and getting consensus from the group -- and organizes that so it's easily accessible and not lost as chats go off on a tangent. At the time of review, the app is only available for iOS, so not everyone will be able to join in on the group messages. It's also free, but the terms of service include language that sets it up to potentially charge a fee in the future. In terms of safety, content is totally dependent on the users, and teens should carefully curate their contacts to avoid sending a message to someone they shouldn't.

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