Rave – Watch Together

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Cool idea with frustrating interface and privacy concerns.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

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

Glitchy and frustrating. No tutorial.

Violence

No violence in the app itself, but user-created messages and shared video content could contain violent references. 

Sex

No sex in app itself, but user-created messages and shared video content could contain sexual references. 

Language

No profanity in app itself, but user-created messages and shared video content could contain inappropriate language. 

Consumerism

Banner ads constantly present. Video content may contain advertising.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No drinking, drugs, or smoking in app itself, but user-created messages and shared video content could contain substance use. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rave - Watch Together is a platform for users to enjoy video content together while voice or text chatting. Logging in requires connecting to a pre-existing account, such as Facebook, Twitter, or Google. You can't log in with just an email, and the app will pull your full name from the account you choose. New Raves are public by default, and kids will immediately see a listing of other public Raves upon logging in. They come from a wide range of video content from sources like YouTube, Netflix, Vimeo, Reddit, and Google Drive, in a variety of different languages, and clicking on them means giving the app permission to access your login information. There are no filters for video content or chat, so users may be exposed to things like violence, sexual content, mature language, and substance use. If users don't immediately switch to a private Rave, others can join and chat freely. Location privacy is a concern as the app broadcasts the location of views in a Rave on a map. The site is supported by banner advertisements, but the video content may also have advertising. 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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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBree12 May 30, 2020

Great app for watching videos online together

I've been using this app since the start of this year. It's fantastic for watching movies and videos with friends and family, or even finding like min... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTufys May 13, 2020

It’s very good

I think for the time that we are in right now it’s very nice to communicate with your friends and just have some fun time it is very safe and I think it’s good... Continue reading

What's it about?

RAVE - WATCH TOGETHER is a video co-watching experience for groups of people. New users must log on with either a Facebook, Twitter, or Google account. There's no way to edit the name, location, and photo once connected. Users can choose to co-watch with friends or join a watching party with strangers. If they choose to create their own Rave, they have a number of streaming options for video, such as YouTube, Reddit, Vimeo, Tubi, and Google Drive. Users who initiated the Rave must have an active account on the service and be willing to connect it with the app. They then set a privacy level: public (default), friends only, and invite only. The video plays on all the devices simultaneously and users can chat along. There's also the option for voice chat, as well as sing-alongs. 

Is it any good?

With privacy concerns as well as a clunky interface, it's hard to recommend this video co-watching solution. Rave - Watch Together is designed to meet a definite need. People want to be able to connect and share experiences with those who can't be in the same room. The flaw is that it tries to be too many things to too many people. While some users may love the social aspect of it and the ability to connect with new people, others may prefer a more anonymous experience or want to connect only with specific friends and family. Forcing people to log in with a real account and possibly use their real name, image, and location is a turnoff for the latter group. Likewise, the app's habit of making all Raves public by default is a major annoyance, especially since the experience isn't easy to navigate. In addition, there's no way to filter and/or exclude the list of public Raves on the main screen. The search option for friends within the app is also glitchy and cumbersome. If there's a glimmer of hope, it's that streaming video went flawlessly during testing and was perfectly synched across multiple devices on different platforms. It's unfortunate that this basic feature, which should be the primary feature, is lost in all of the bells and whistles. Rave - Watch Together is free, so it's easy enough to test for yourself, but the lack of privacy and the challenging navigation make this a poor choice for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about rules around Rave - Watch Together and social media in general. What are your family rules and expectations around signing up for social media accounts? 

  • Talk about engaging with others on social media. What is acceptable information to share? Language to use? What should you do if someone else is saying or doing things that make you uncomfortable?

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