Cabana — Hang out, watch stuff

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Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Watch any YouTube videos you want with your friends.

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A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

It's pretty easy to add your contacts, invite them to a chat, and search for YouTube videos to watch. It's a little unsettling, though, how easy it is to give this app full access to your contacts.

Violence

While chatting with your friends isn't violent, this app enables unrestricted access to YouTube, which contains some violent content (including some anime, movie trailers, video game scenes, and music videos), and sometimes users' comments are less than tame. Still, plenty of videos are violence-free.

Sex

Because there's such a wide variety of YouTube content, sexual images, innuendo, and comments exist in various places (including music videos, which are popular viewing for tweens and teens). Sexually suggestive images seem to regularly appear on the main feed when you log into the app. 

Language

Plenty of crude language, even in the names of videos that appear in the default feed. Curse words, inappropriate language can't be filtered out through this app. 

Consumerism

You can skip most YouTube ads, but you can also easily tap on a video to go to YouTube in a browser, where ad videos appear in the links to related videos. Marketers promote movies, music videos, products, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

YouTube videos can contain references to numerous substances in some videos, user comments.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cabana - Hang out, watch stuff is a group video-chatting app for iOS devices that allows groups of up to six people to watch a YouTube video together. Any member of the group chat can search for YouTube videos within the app and choose a video for the group to watch. It doesn't seem to be possible to enable YouTube's Restricted Mode, which can prevent kids from seeing adult content, so parents should be aware that kids can access everything YouTube has to offer. Though it was developed by Tumblr, there's no clear way for the app to access Tumblr. Read the app's privacy policy -- which seems to be the Tumblr privacy policy -- to find out about the information collected and shared.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byZadie M. March 19, 2018

PRETTY GOOD!

It's helpful and gets kids to see their friends and have fun! People say youtube isn't safe but you have to trust your kid and teach them! People shou... Continue reading

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What's it about?

CABANA - HANG OUT, WATCH STUFF is a group video-chat app from the makers of Tumblr. As with other group video-chat apps, users can import their contacts from their device and then start a group of up to six people. Once you've created a group, you all appear on-screen and can pick any YouTube video to watch together. Any user can tap "Swap Video" at the top of the screen to search for a new video for the group to watch together.

Is it any good?

It's definitely a fun idea to watch YouTube videos with your friends, but this app doesn't make it especially easy to connect with your friends or to search for the videos you most want to see. When you search for YouTube videos on Cabana - Hang out, watch stuff, you don't have much control over what you see: You can't turn on safety mode, and the app's home page defaults to a feed of trending videos, some of which feature crass language and sexual images. It's definitely good that you have to invite people to your chat using their real phone numbers from your device's contacts, so you can only chat with people you really know. The trick is making sure that everyone in your group agrees to pick videos that are appropriate for everyone to watch. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about your rules for messaging and social networking in general and with Cabana - Hang out, watch stuff. How old do your kids have to be to use social networks? What are your family's rules about devices and when they're appropriate to use?

  • Talk about online safety. What's OK to share on social media, and what's off-limits? Check out our parent guide for privacy and internet safety here to get advice and good conversation starters to use with your kids.

  • Talk about appropriate content for kids to view. Since there are plenty of items on YouTube that are inappropriate for kids, how can you tell whether your kids are watching videos that are safe for them? What if they click on a suggested video that has mature content?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: May 17, 2017
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 44.30 MB
  • Publisher: Tumblr
  • Version: 2.2.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.3 or later

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