A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Created for entertainment purposes only. Not intended for learning.
Ease of Play
Sharing function is inconsistent.
Violence & Scariness
No violence in the app itself; user communications could contain references to or images of violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No sex in the app itself; user communications could contain sexual references or images.
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No profanity in the app itself; user communications could contain bad language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Emojis of beer and wine glasses; suggested activity "Get a drink."
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Though the functionality and appearance of this social media app is on-point, its features lend themselves to hurt feelings and dishonesty. Its presentation is colorful, attractive, whimsical—it even has an emoji-based mini-game. Still, parents concerned about kids' obsession with phones and friends aren't likely to enjoy its conspiratorial tone. It starts by encouraging kids to gossip by passing "secret notes": The app store calls it “gossip that self-destructs." These text messages auto-delete once the recipient has read them, and it's no stretch to imagine kids using this feature to bad mouth or exclude each other. Being able to talk about others anonymously only adds to this element. Also, Spot: Your Inner Circle introduces the “freeze” feature that lets you freeze your location “when you sneak out somewhere.” Though the stated intent is for kids to use when they want to "go off the grid," there are safety issues and implications of sneakiness that undermine any potential positives. In terms of the questionable features, though the developers say they want they app to be "warm and carefree," encouraging gossip and anonymous comments about others will likely foster just the opposite. Still, like so many products in the app store today, Spot: Your Inner Circle is like that bad kid your mother warned you about - it's cool enough to draw you in but treats your well-being like an afterthought.
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