Kiwi - Q&A

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Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Ask and answer questions; iffy content, so use settings.

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age 16+
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A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Easy to make new posts on Kiwi, and pretty easy to find other users, but navigation is a bit convoluted.

Violence

Some comments suggest violence toward women and minorities with limited safeguards to keep such comments in check. "Laws" category mostly centers on breaking rules and illegal activity.

Sex

Some sexually explicit questions.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some posts about drinking to excess, drug use, and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kiwi - Q&A is an app and website where people ask and answer questions anonymously or with their username attached. Posts are tagged with your location (unless you deny location tracking), and you can search for questions and answers posted near your current location. While there are questions on lots of topics, most posts seem to focus on romantic relationships and sexuality, and teens and young adults ask and answer questions with limited knowledge or authority about the subjects at hand. Within settings, teens can limit questions to known contacts, filter sensitive media, and prevent being found in search. The terms of service state that users under 18 should have parent permission before using the app. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byjoe s September 13, 2016

lots of bullies

This app is great, you can ask questions to your friends and strangers anonymously . The "Hide my name" i.e the stay anonymous feature looks like a bi... Continue reading

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What's it about?

KIWI - Q&A is an app and website where people ask and answer questions of friends or all users. Users create an account using their Google account, their Facebook account, or an email address, and then they can select up to five tags for categories (such as fitness or gaming) that interest them. A feed of questions is sortable by those category tags by their location or from the app's main question feed, and users can respond with text, a picture, or video. Users can upload a profile picture and create a brief profile, which can then be viewed by anyone else who accesses the service. If the user grants access, questions and answers are automatically tagged with the user's current location. Users can search for questions by browsing categories or by looking for questions by browsing their tagged location on a map. If you go to another user's profile and ask a direct question, you can choose to remain anonymous if that user accepts anonymous questions (which is controlled in settings). Content is moderated for explicit language, moderators remove content that violates the terms of service, and users are banned if they're consistently reported.

Is it any good?

With iffy content and location tracking, this question-and-answer app is best for teens, though its confusing navigation and mostly lackluster user-generated content mars its quality for all. While there are some interesting questions here and there ("Has a book ever made you cry?"), more often they're about relationships and sexuality or misplaced queries that are better Googled than answered via crowdsourcing. The upsides are that using the app with friends from real life can be fun -- though just as easily accomplished using texting or messaging -- and there are settings to adjust how public your posts are, if location tracking is allowed and if you want to receive anonymous questions. Other than that, there's not much to recommend here. It's difficult to look for content that matches your interests, even if you search using the categories. The app is mostly good for letting users browse posts by geographic location, which can be risky if teens reveal personal information. It is also reminiscent of sites such as Ask.fm, though at the time of review, there's much less cruel and harassing behavior in this app. Parents may want to go over the settings with their teen and set limits about public posting and location tracking.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cyberbullying and how anonymity can encourage bad behavior. Do you act differently online when your real identity isn't revealed? Do you know how to report users for posting content that violates the rules?

  • Review our social-networking tips and set guidelines for what's OK to post online and what's off-limits. Do you know why online limits are important?

App details

For kids who love social networking and writing

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