App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Quick video-chatting with strangers for older teens only.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 42 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Registering, logging on, and connecting to Snapchat is simple. Starting chats and ending chats is easy step-by-step process.


Unmoderated video chats could contain violent content.


Unmoderated video chats could get sexually explicit.


Unmoderated video chats could contain offensive or objectionable language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Unmoderated video chats could contain substance use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Monkey randomly connects teens with other Snapchat users for a 10-second video chat. They can add more time or add the person on Snapchat to continue the connection. Before connecting, teens will see the age and gender of the potential friend, and they can accept the video chat or not. The terms of service allow users ages 13 and older, but there's no verification of age. Personal information is collected and can be shared with third parties. Read the privacy policy for more information about the information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15-year-old Written byGeorge L. April 4, 2017

Good but could be risky

This app poses safety concerns because of how kids can so easily speak to strangers but the video bit makes it easy to tell if a person is safe (and who they sa... Continue reading
Adult Written byMichelle T. February 12, 2018

Bad idea

I believe this is a bad idea the younger teens are getting ahold of this app along with older teenagers and subjecting them to nude pics and unbelievable conver... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBlackstar123 November 13, 2020


I think this app is not a safe app if you can have the ability to talk to anyone in the world. That's cool and all but I don't think it's safe fo... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byjakandjoe June 6, 2021

More safe than Omegle

This is more safe than the casual video chat omegle because if people are naked then they get banned but on omegle there is no rules but there is great moderato... Continue reading

What's it about?

With MONKEY teens connect their Snapchat accounts and can "meet" random people via video chat. To sign up, they have to share their phone number and Snapchat username and password as well as invite friends by messaging them. Friends will get a message that says, "Yo (name) someone was talking about you..." Once they're registered, opening the app starts a connection with another user. Teens will see the age, gender, and location of the connection and can accept it or skip it. If accepted, the video chat opens for 10 seconds, with the option to extend the time if both parties agree or add the connection on Snapchat.

Is it any good?

Because 10 seconds probably isn't long enough for teens to get to know someone well enough to invite them into a social network, this interesting video-chat tool is best for older teens only. The technology to connect with people around the world is amazing -- and fun. But teens have to be cautious of the information they share and realize that the person on the other end of the video is a stranger. The sound and video quality in Monkey are decent, and connecting is super simple. Since the app is connected to Snapchat, there never seems to be a shortage of teens eager to chat. As with so many social-networking tools, a teen's experience will depend a lot on other users' behavior. It's important to note that some users report abuse and requests for baring body parts, so it could be easy for some teens to get into trouble. There's also a mix of older and younger teens, which can be a risky recipe. In general, it works as advertised and could be a cool experience for a responsible user with thick skin, but it's no place for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how teens can be safer when they're interacting with strangers using apps such as Monkey. Remind them not to give out personal information such as their full name, school, or address and to be careful that information isn't available in other public profiles.

  • Talk to kids about apps' privacy policies and terms of service to help them understand how their personal information can be used.

App details

  • Device: Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: February 2, 2017
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 55.10 MB
  • Publisher: Monkey Squad, LLC.
  • Version: 1.4.1
  • Minimum software requirements: Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: June 23, 2020

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