A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
MYLOL is a mobile tie-in to the pseudo teen-dating site MyLOL.com, which allows users to wink at and message each other. A simple chat function lets members chat with whomever's online, and the "shake shake" function lets players shake their phones to start private chats with random members. Profiles are simple and contain only simple statements and a photo; however, profiles also include age, name, and geographic location. Users can purchase premium features via in-app purchases.
Is it any good?
This risky social platform isn't a safe place for teens. Though the app is M-rated and says users must be over 17, users younger than that can create profiles and post their underage status. Global chat is peppered with suggestive talk and discussion of drugs, drinking, and even abuse. Users often post photos of themselves in various states of undress, and though users can prevent views of their profiles according to age and gender, there's little else to stop adult online predators from using the app to browse for potential targets. As if that weren't enough motivation to steer clear, MyLOL is awful from a technical standpoint: Its few features take far too long to load, and in-app purchases offer users the questionable option of being privileged" -- meaning having the power to identify users who view and/or wink at them. In the end this is not a safe -- or well-made -- platform for teens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about sexting and online sex chat on apps and sites like MyLOL. What kind of public impression do you get of people who do this? What are the dangers of taking part in it?
Discuss online bullying. Do you think a site or app that allows you to rate another person's physical appearance encourages cyberbullying?
Think about your online persona. What does your profile say about you?
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