GroupMe

App review by
Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Share unlimited content, but watch for unfiltered Internet.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

A bit cumbersome to add and sync your contacts.

Violence

Nothing offensive in the app itself, but you can't filter the images or videos when you search or control what contacts share.

Sex

Nothing offensive in the app itself, but you can't filter the images or videos when you search or control what contacts share.

Language

Nothing offensive in the app itself, but you can't filter the images or videos when you search or control what contacts share.

Consumerism

Several in-app purchases: You can buy upgraded emoji packages related to TV shows and college sports teams. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing offensive in the app itself, but you can't filter the images or videos when you search or control what contacts share.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that GroupMe is a messaging app that lets users send direct messages and group messages from mobile devices without message limits or fees. You can also use the app as a one-stop shop for interacting with your friends, from scheduling events to sending each other money. Its main claim to fame may be its emojis and open search for GIFs: There are tons, including lots that are available for in-app purchase. Unfortunately, some of these emojis feature more adult themes, such as cartoon liquor bottles and sexy characters. Searches for GIFs find scantily clad people, drug use, and violent images. Some users like GroupMe for its stealth potential, since on-screen notifications pop up without content, which is appealing to some kids. Since there's no way to delete past posts, there are also concerns about a user's control over content. Read the app's privacy policy to learn more about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

Adult Written byJovawne A. January 19, 2017

GroupMe - allows bullying

My young son was invited to a group chat on this site that was entitle '******is retarded' (the stars are the name of a child - I don't want to d... Continue reading
Adult Written byjennifer f. January 17, 2017

Would be 5 stars if documents could be uploaded

Group me is a free messaging app that is excellent for collaborating with others that you may not know personally. As an educator, I find this tool invaluable a... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byRaylew November 3, 2016

Best app

You guys are very intelligent, ever since I used this I never used my regular text and neither has my friends so I thank u for this lovely app

What's it about?

GROUPME is a messaging app that lets users keep in touch over Wi-Fi rather than over cellular data. To get started, you can log in with your email address, Facebook account, or Microsoft account. If you use your email address, you’re required to provide a first and last name and then set a password. You’re then asked whether you’d like to sync your contacts to the server, and you check a box to accept the app's terms of service and privacy policy. Next, verify your device's phone number via text message, and then you can get started creating groups and direct messages. In addition to these basic chat and messaging features, GroupMe features several sets of emojis for download, some of which are free while others are only available through in-app purchase. Users can also insert GIFs into messages and use an embedded Internet search to find the right one. You can also send photos and videos within the app, and you can create calendar events and share them with your contacts.

Is it any good?

Though this messenger is pretty appealing, it's not entirely original and only for older teens and adults. It's visually attractive, and it's great that you can share so much content so readily in direct messages and group chats. The emojis are pretty fun, too, and you can easily embed videos, GIFs, tweets, and images. The main hazard here might be the high level of connectivity: Like WhatsApp, GroupMe lets kids send and receive messages without limits, so there's no end to how many messages they send or how much they share. This can be great if the app is your main point of content for a limited group of family or friends, and it can be useful for groups who need to keep in touch for a particular task or around a particular activity. Still, the search results for GIFs, images, and videos are full of iffy stuff, and there's no way to filter results, so this isn't an option for everyone. Overall, this is a great way to keep in touch, but it's worth having ongoing conversations with your kids about what's OK to share digitally. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about limits: During what hours are kids allowed to text? How much screen time are they allowed?

  • Talk about the types of information that are best shared in text messages and what is best discussed in person. Let kids know that tone isn't always clear, and emojis can't fill in every blank.

  • There's lots to consider around rules for kids and their devices; think more about cell phone parenting with our guide here

App details

For kids who love social networking and safe chatting

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