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Kiwi - Q&A
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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?
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