Dare App: Try Your Nerve

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Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Some silly fun, but truth is these dares are too risky.

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Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not recommended for learning.

Ease of Play

No tutorials, designed to be more or less intuitive. Create challenges by deciding if you or the opponent will do challenge, type the prompt, determine the reward amount, and publish. 

Violence

When taking or creating a challenge a disclaimer appears that asks users to confirm that they, "mean no evil and harm to anything and anyone." However, challenges are up to interpretation and users may come across mild expressions of teasing or people getting hurt. 

Sex

Some of the challenges posted are highly provocative and sexual in nature. Challenges range from licking your phone or sucking your thumb passionately to sharing a "hot and passionate kiss with my sister." 

Language

Users have control over how they phrase challenges, so kids may come across profanity or mature language. Profanity and insults may also appear in comments. 

Consumerism

Creating and taking challenges often requires "Gold," the app's currency, which kids can get via in-app purchase, completing challenges, or winning votes. They can also determine the amount winners get for completing their challenges. The experience resembles betting. Ads promoting the app's currency appear throughout. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Kids may come across challenges that promote smoking, alcohol use, or drugs. One of the challenges that appeared on the feed encouraged taking a shot of rum.  

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dare App: Try Your Nerve is a social networking app that allows kids to create, share, and partake in different types of challenges. The experience is grounded in the exchange of "Gold," the app's currency, for creating and completing challenges. When creating a challenge, users determine the reward the winner will get. "Gold" can be accumulated through in-app purchase or by completing challenges that reward users with points. Money earned by completing and winning challenges is available for withdrawal with a connected PayPal account. Kids will encounter some challenges centered around dancing, singing, physical fitness, or doing something silly. However, there are also challenges that encourage sexy behavior, drinking alcohol, potentially doing dangerous activities, or sharing private or sensitive information. Although the app asks users to confirm that they mean no harm through the challenges, there's free expression and limited monitoring of content posted to the feed. Users have the option to report challenges and content as inappropriate. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

DARE APP: TRY YOUR NERVE is a social network for challenges. Although the app doesn't include a tutorial, pop-up explanations or directions appear at certain points of the experience. Scroll, swipe, and tap to navigate. Kids can browse the feed to see responses to challenges and vote on whether the challenge was completed or not. They can create their own challenges and determine the reward for completion. They can browse a collection of challenges to take themselves. In order to complete a challenge, users must upload and share video proof. Like other social networking platforms, users have the option to like and comment on posts, follow others, and get followers. Certain challenges require money or "Gold" to take and prove. Rewards for completing challenges are also set in money or "Gold." The Cash Out option allows users to withdraw money earned through challenges using a PayPal account. Kids will be able to see the challenges they have created and accepted, and the community voting progress on the Challenge page. 

Is it any good?

Though there's some potential for older teens' silliness and self-expression, this app leaves too much room for poor judgment and real consequences. Dare App: Try Your Nerve is designed to engage and connect people from around the world in different types of challenges. Some of the posted challenges are silly, test physical endurance, or encourage people to share their talents. Other challenges are iffier, and the creator's intentions are questionable. Kissing siblings passionately, dancing provocatively, posting passwords, taking shots of rum, and showing sexy piercings were all published posts. Other than users reporting challenges for inappropriate content, there's limited monitoring to ensure safety. Since challenges are shared via video and stored on the feed, families should take caution and closely monitor kids' activity. People also earn money for completing tasks, which may encourage kids to partake in some outrageous acts. The experience resembles betting; acts or dares in exchange for money. There's a potential to make a few bucks participating in challenges and winning votes. However, creating challenges and participating in them also requires the app's currency so there's a constant exchange. So while there is some harmless fun in the app, the overall experience has too many red flags.    

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about engaging in social networking platforms safely and responsibly when using Dare App: Try Your Nerve. Since kids will encounter a variety of challenges, it's important for families to set guidelines, discuss privacy, safety, and making good choices. For example, what should you do if a challenge asks you to post your username and password to important accounts? What should you do if a challenge encourages you to do something you are uncomfortable with?

  • Brainstorm different ways that challenges might promote creativity, expression, or acts of kindness. How can the platform be used to share talent? How can it be used to promote making more environmentally friendly choices? How might it be used to promote altruism? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (in-app purchase options range from $0.99 - $9.99)
  • Release date: February 23, 2020
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 256.30 MB
  • Publisher: Eristica Ltd
  • Version: 4.1.21
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: March 09, 2020

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