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Rabbit – Watch Together

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Buggy video sharing includes strangers and mature content.

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Was created for entertainment and not with educational intent.

Ease of Play

Mostly easy and straightforward to use but bugs and glitches mar the experience.

Violence

No violence in the app itself, however user chat and video content could contain violent images or references. 

Sex

No sex in the app itself, however nothing prevents users from hosting or sharing suggestive videos and/or chatting about sexual subject matter. 

Language

No profanity in the app itself, but video content and voice/text chat can contain bad language like "f--k," "sh-t," and ethnic, gender-based, or racial slurs. 

Consumerism

No in-app purchases, but some streaming content is unavailable for hosting unless you have a paid subscription.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No drinking, drugs, or smoking in the app, however video content can contain such things, as can voice/text chat. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rabbit: Watch Together is a social networking app that enables users to share streaming movies and TV shows and talk about them over voice and text chat. Registration requires signing up with Google, Facebook, or email, and sharing requires access to your phone and online contacts. The app's terms of service say the app's meant for users over 13, but iTunes puts the age gate at a more appropriate 17. The terms also indicate that pornographic, racist, and otherwise harassing video content is prohibited, but goes on to state that developer Rabbit Inc. is not legally responsible for blocking such content. Users can enter public rooms where they can communicate with strangers via text, video and audio chat, and conversations often tend toward the suggestive, racist, homophobic, or misogynist. Sharing links sent through the app show no previews of shared videos, so users don't know what they're about to see until they click the links. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

RABBIT: WATCH TOGETHER is meant to let friends watch videos together via their mobile devices. Registration requires signing up with Google, Facebook, or email, and sharing requires access to your phone and online contacts. Once in, you have the option to search for something to watch, create a viewing group, or join a public room. The first lets you invite people (via text or email) on the fly, the second lets you save a selection of friends as a particular viewing group, and the last lets you choose from videos already in progress, hosted by other users. All viewing rooms let you “like” streaming videos,  post GIFs, and chat via text, video, or voice chat (voice and video chat are disabled in highly populated rooms). 

Is it any good?

Strangers, offensive comments, and mystery videos (links with no preview) eliminate this buggy video-viewer for kids. From a safety perspective, the app's highly problematic. Public rooms expose kids to strangers and all manner of sexually suggestive conversations, discussions involving drugs and drinking, and commentary that's often racist, misogynist, homophobic, or ethnically/religiously offensive. Contacts can invite kids to watch videos via links that offer no preview, which means kids don't know what they're in for until they click the link. And while there could be some sort of filter in place (searching obvious terms like “porn” returns nothing offensive) the app's terms of service absolve the developer of monitoring and/or blocking explicit content.

In terms of how it functions, connectivity is spotty at best; video and audio often become choppy or stop altogether. Chat often lags, and audio chat has a tinny, echoing quality that's highly unpleasant. These technical challenges are a bother, but what does work isn't much better. There also seems to be no way to full-screen videos, so you're stuck watching them on the top two inches of your screen. Sadly, this isn't the only way the app sets you up for frustration. The featured TV/Movies page is packed with subscription-only shows, which means unless you're signed up for Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime video, your viewing options are limited. After all this, the best you can say about Rabbit – Watch Anything is that it's a buggy, clumsy app that's definitely not for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the risks associated with video sharing apps like Rabbit - Watch Together. Why is it best to know what links are before you click them?

  • Think about how "free" apps push your kids to spend. Can your kids recognize when apps are designed to get them to buy things?  

  • Discuss the best age for apps like this one. How does contact with strangers and a wide variety of videos influence what age is best?

App details

For kids who love social networking and streaming video

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