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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?
- 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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