Hi Monkey - Quick Chat

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Paid chat hard to use and full of ads targeting adults.

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

Educational Value

Not recommended for educational use.

Ease of Play

No search function to find friends or contacts.

Violence

No violent content in the app, but users could send violent content. Option to report is easily accessible.

Sex

No sexual content in the app, but users could send sexual content. Option to report is easily accessible.

Language

None in the app, but users could send via message. Option to report is easily accessible.

Consumerism

Even with paid purchase of app, ads are constant.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No drinking, drugs, or smoking in the app, but users could send it. Option to report is easily accessible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hi Monkey - Quick Chat lets teens chat across devices without a phone number. Users need an email address to register. The paid app requires users to click through or view ads before sending or reading messages, and kids will encounter ads aimed at an adult audience ("Click to talk to beauty women," for example, for a live chat app) throughout use. Users enter their name, and their first name is then used as their username. Their email address and profile photo can be seen by any user clicking through to view their profile, and there's an option to share location data. 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?

To register for a HI MONKEY - QUICK CHAT account, users just need an email address. They can customize the colors of background and text for their outgoing messages and incoming messages and add a profile picture. To add contacts, users have to find the contact in the list of registered users (listed by name used during registration which likely has many duplicates) and request to be added as a contact. They can then chat over Wi-fi or by using data, send pictures and videos, and share location information. Ads appear throughout the user experience.

Is it any good?

Paying for a chat app is almost unheard of, but to force ads on top of that is absolutely unreasonable. And then Hi Monkey - Quick Chat still not user-friendly or unique in any way. Usernames are first names, so unless someone puts an easily-recognizable profile picture up, you have to click every Bobby on the list to find the right one (you can also view email addresses in the profile.) There's no way to search through the user list and no way to match up your existing contacts. Users do have to approve a request to receive a chat from someone, and reporting objectionable content is easy to do within the app. The ads are obtrusive, including a banner ad at the bottom of the page, ads that take over the entire screen until you view and close it, and pop-up ads with every step of the account creation, chat sending, and chat reading process. Also, in the app store, though the description says there are almost 200 reviews, there are only nine that are visible and universally unfavorable. So, it's status as number one social media app seems dubious at best. Definitely do not believe the hype!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how apps like Hi Monkey - Quick Chat make money -- through the app store purchase price and ad revenue. How do you determine if viewing ads is worth the benefit of the app? Ask kids how they feel about paying for an app and also having to view ads after purchasing. 

  • Discuss location sharing and the risks it has. When might it be useful to share your location, and with whom? When is it a bad idea?

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