Slide Up - Games for Snapchat!

App review by
Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Lenses and anonymous messages not all fun and games.

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Educational Value

Created for entertainment purposes, not educational use. 

Ease of Play

The app doesn't offer directions or tutorials on usage. It's designed to be intuitive and will be easier to navigate for those with experience with Snapchat. Most games, lenses, and poll stickers have brief written prompts for users to follow. 

Violence

No violence in the app itself, but user-generated #PMOYS, polls, questions, or games could contain references to or images of violence.

Sex

Some of the content posted by users through #PMOYS may contain suggestive material and mild nudity. Some games may encourage users to partake and share mature or sexy content.

Language

Kids may encounter profanity or mature language in #PMOYS, polls, questions, or games.

Consumerism

Although the app is free, it offers in-app purchase options to access additional features. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

User-generated #PMOYS, polls, questions, or games could contain references to or images of drinking, smoking, and drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Slide Up – Games for Snapchat! works in conjunction with the Snapchat app. It offers users a collection of games posted by the creator of the app or users themselves. Lens games posted by the creator, such as In My Brain, 100 Questions, or What's Your Spirit Animal? appear as Snapchat filters. Other games created by app users include a series of questions, challenges, or prompts. Users have the option of creating questions or poll stickers. Kids can then share images directly to their Snapchat stories or with friends. The app includes a #PMOYS feature ("PMOYS" is an acronym for "Put Me on Your Snapchat"). Essentially, users create profiles, and others can either swipe left to disregard or swipe right to add them as friends. Some profiles are harmless, but others include relationship status, age, and sexy images. Other than a simple report tool and a private-mode option, the app has no safety measures built in. Provocative #PMOYS, the content of games generated by users, and the built-in anonymity of polls and questions have the potential for bullying or the exchange of suggestive content. Several user reviews mention child pornography, nudity, and the inability to delete an account. 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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Teen, 17 years old Written byceo.of.reviews May 1, 2020

the highlight of my lockdown

this shiz is so entertaining i cannot even explain, i recommend checking these out when you're on snapchat next because i love them, snapchat would be noth... Continue reading

What's it about?

SLIDE UP – GAMES FOR SNAPCHAT! is designed to be an add-on to Snapchat and provides users a compilation of games, questions, and stickers to share with friends or via stories. Users must have Snapchat on their device for this app to work. Users can choose from a series of lens games that appear as filters for Snapchat. They can also create question and poll stickers to share via Snapchat. Recipients of these have the option of answering anonymously. Kids will also have access to games created by members of the Slide Up community. These often take the form of challenges and questions. The search feature helps users narrow down game options based on topics. Top search topics include "kiss," "fears," "best friend list," "never have I ever," and "glow up" ... just to name a few. The app also offers the option to install Slide Up fonts. The #PMOYS feature is designed to help Snapchat users get more friends or followers. User-created profiles appear on the screen. Swiping left shelves the profile, while swiping right creates an opportunity for a new Snapchat friend. The app is free, but subscribing to Slide Up+ enables additional features, removal of the watermark, and the option to save games to the device's camera roll. 

Is it any good?

The lenses are fun, but there are just too many other risks involved to make this app worth a download. A flood of professionally created and user-created games for Snapchat offer users tons of add-on options. But most of the content is too mature even for older teens.

The lens games are by far the most interesting feature of the app. Users can choose from a variety of lenses that automatically become filters on Snapchat. Most of the lenses are interactive and can vary depending on user input. They're fun and definitely bring a sense of novelty to already popular Snapchat filters. The platform also lends itself to sharing user-created games, which is empowering. Although Slide Up – Games for Snapchat! has some neat features, the lack of safety measures and concerning user reviews raise red flags. Users seeking to build their Snapchat friend platform will appreciate the #PMOYS. However, many profiles include provocative images, partial or full nudity, personal information, and invitations to engage in communication that may include mature content. In addition, not all user-created games represent quality, both in content and design. In fact, many may open the door to users sharing too much personal information or contributing to bullying. Anonymous responses to user-created questions and polls reduce the sense of online accountability. Slide Up – Games for Snapchat! offers awesome lens games that are sure to capture teens' attention, but it's too much of a mixed bag to make it worth the risks.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about guidelines and expectations for engaging with friends or strangers when using Slide Up – Games for Snapchat! Discuss what counts as appropriate online communication and what may overstep safety and privacy. 

  • Discuss the types of questions that are appropriate to ask others and the types that may be too personal or may make others uncomfortable. Brings attention to questions that when shared publicly may result in bullying. For example, ranking friends may make someone feel left out and open the door to teasing.

  • Talk about what to do when you see something disturbing in an app. How do you block and report? If the developer doesn't take action, what can you do next?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (in-app purchase options from $9.99 - $34.99 for premium features)
  • Release date: March 28, 2020
  • Category: Reference
  • Size: 54.20 MB
  • Publisher: Viral Stuff, LLC
  • Version: 1.151
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.2 or later.
  • Last updated: April 15, 2020

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