A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Not created with educational intent and not recommended for learning.
Ease of Play
Looks just like TikTok, so users will pick it up easily.
Violence & Scariness
Videos frequently show fake violence, especially pranks or accidents.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexy stuff in lyrics and videos. Frequent innuendo, lots of swimsuits and revealing clothing.
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Between lip-synched popular songs and original compositions, there's a lot of variety here. Some songs are G-rated, but there's also music featured with mature themes and strong language such as "bitch," "p---y," and "motherf----r."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some videos reference drugs, drinking, and smoking while other may display it.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
"Cult" gimmick attracted downloads of this solid idea, but the lag and bugs disappoint. There's nothing original here, either. The content is recycled from other social media sites, some of it poor-quality screen recordings. Communities load slowly and videos lag. The cult idea distracts from what Stepchickens could do well (and was originally designd to do) -- give teens a place to build private communities to share their favorite content. It just falls short of being worthwhile and looks too much like a TikTok clone. It's definitely a great example of how much influence TikTok stars have with their fans, and how deep some of the subcultures can go. An app like Stepchickens is a great opportunity for parents to ask their kids about their online life and get a window into their world.
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