A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.
Ease of Play
Interface is easy to navigate, and website is super helpful.
Violence & Scariness
Potential for violent images, content, and discussion
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Potential for sexual images, content, and discussion
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Potential for profane, racist, and sexist language
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Products & Purchases
No business or brand promotion at time of review, but that is a possibility as the app takes off.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Potential for discussion of drinking, drugs, and smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
A matchmaking tool for finding a best friend online could be the world's greatest gift for introverts or a potentially dangerous situation, so teens and parents should proceed with caution. There are two parts to the app: The interest-focused feeds where teens can connect with others who share that interest are a great place for a meeting of the minds. The focus of Reach - Internet Best Friends, though, is pushing relationships, and that's where most of the comments on the interest pages go. Teens are exchanging Snapchat names, Instagram handles, and even phone numbers. The percentages matching users to potential best friends comes across as forced, since some matches are suggested just because both users picked the same emoji to represent their mood. While Reach - Internet Best Friends might be a fun place to chat, it's unlikely to develop any relationships to best friend status, and its risks outweigh the benefits for most younger teens.
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