MeetMe - Meet New People

Common Sense Media says

App for iffy social networking site flirts with trouble.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is easy to use. Ways to interact include "flirts," "ask me" questions, secret admirers, and messaging. Teens need to be proactive and use the privacy settings because the default settings could cause them to accept friend requests from people they don't know and agree to other features automatically. Teens need to visit the website to gain access to a wide range of privacy settings, including what ages can view your profile (the range you can choose from is based on your age). 

Violence

The app itself does not include violent content, but what teens encounter will depend on the people they communicate with. MeetMe's terms bans threatening or abusive content.

Sex

The prevailing attitude on this social network seems to be best illustrated by the profile photos posted here of shirtless teen boys, as well as suggestive photos of girls posing in provocative ways. Interaction here will likely include people teens don't know personally but are in the same zip code, state, or entire U.S., depending upon the settings users choose. MeetMe's terms ban images that contain "nudity (includes thongs and topless females from the back), pornography, sexually explicit, weapons, violence, or drugs." But a lot of photos and written posts are clearly sexually suggestive, even if they don't technically break the rules. A profile setting asks users to select whether they are looking for girls, boys, or both (not looking isn't an option). There is a "report abuse" feature on some forms of the network, but not all.

Language

The terms ban language that is "unlawful; harmful; threatening; abusive; harassing; tortuous; defamatory; vulgar; obscene; libelous; invasive of another's privacy; hateful; or racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable." But swear words are easily observed in the app. Users can set a "hide profanity in live feed" block on the main site's settings. 

Consumerism

The site uses "lunch money" to play games and other features; it can be purchased with real money or can be earned by doing certain things on the site, including sharing photos or information. Members get $150,000 worth of lunch money just for installing the app on their mobile device. There's a top-up credits feature that has to be deselected or will automatically top-up active accounts that have already purchased credits when they fall below 50 cents. VIP memberships can be purchased as well. There are ads in the app and on the website for everything from other apps to credit cards to Netflix.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The terms ban posts about illegal drinking and drugs, but references to drinking and partying are easily observed. There is a "report abuse" feature.

Privacy & safety

Serious privacy concerns. There are ways to report abuse, block people from viewing your profile, and not participate in features on this site, but users have to be very proactive and aware. First and last name, age, and zip code are requested at registration. The app also asks permission to use location services on teen's mobile device. One particularly troublesome privacy and safety concern is the use of teens' zip codes to identify other site users who live around them -- but who may be quite a bit older (although adults registered on the site can't see profiles of teens). Also, the ideas of the "blind date" and "secret admirers" in the app don't promote the sort of safety rules that make social networking safer for teens.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that MeetMe - Meet New People is the app version of the popular online flirting, entertainment, and social networking website formerly called MyYearbook, and has some privacy and safety concerns. MeetMe is different from Facebook in that the primary uses of MeetMe are to meet new people and interact with them online rather than to keep up with your real-life friends. Teens, who must be 13 and in high school to sign up, use "lunch money" or credits to do things like put their profile at the top of the homepage as a spotlight for others to see; to get "priority in match" to increase the number of "secret admirers" you get; and play online games. Much of the communication has "flirty" overtones.

What kids can learn

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What Kids Can Learn

MeetMe - Meet New People wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Skills

Tech Skills

  • social media

MeetMe - Meet New People wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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QUALITY
 

MEETME says its app is the place for "flirting, making friends, and even falling in love." Many parents would beg to differ. The tools that this app and its corresponding website use to help teens meet people often go against best practices for Internet safety and privacy. The developers say they've handed out safety education information to high schools and there are "report abuse" and "block profile" features; yet, the overall tone of this social network -- whether on the website or the app -- doesn't encourage positive online choices for teens.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:May 31, 2012
Category:Social Networking
Size:14.50 MB
Publisher:myYearbook.com
Version:4.1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Adult Written byDayiaAnn2016 December 17, 2012
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Watch for Pedos

It needs to be more security on this website because when teens and adults use it it might be a risk that a pedophiles are LURKING and in order to get rid of the pedos run a background check on the users
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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 5, 2012
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meetme meet new people

the app -- doesn't encourage positive online choices for teens.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 12 years old October 24, 2012
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LEARNING

haters love me

its okay for age 12-16
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns

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