A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
TAGGED - CHILLED, CHAT & GO LIVE! is a free social media app that lets users meet people for friendship and/or romance. The basic service is free, but premium (paid) subscriptions give users short-cuts to meeting up with each other and provides users with an ad-free experience. Users need an email or phone number to register, and allowing access to your location pairs you with people nearby. After creating a profile -- specifying things like gender, sexual preference, ethnicity, religion, and relationship status -- users can browse other users' photos, rejecting them or liking them through swipes. Built-in chat lets users contact each other and join general chat rooms. The livestream function lets users stream video of themselves at the touch of a button and engage in live chat with viewers. They can also join and rate other users' livestreams. Users who collect enough followers and likes can earn in-app currency that can be exchanged for real-world cash via PayPal.
Is it any good?
The tag line alone serves as ample warning for parents to keep their kids away from this app: “Bored AF? (as f-ck) Watch Tagged Live!” Most importantly, pairing teens with nearby adults is a no-go. But that's only the beginning. Tagged - Chill, Chat & Go Live! suggests you fill your time by judging other people based only on their looks and watching people streaming events from their everyday lives. While the latter's entertainment value varies, both it and the former involve rating people, chatting with them, and sending them digital “gifts.” Livestreamers who gather lots of likes and followers earn real-world money, and the app encourages you to send your viewers and followers gifts to “make them feel special.” The app's search algorithm appears dysfunctional, since it returns similar results no matter what your profile settings are. And though the terms of service say lewd behavior and imagery is forbidden, there's plenty of half-naked people of both genders and plenty of substance-related and sexy talk going on in chat. Many users also report a lot of bots, spam, and technical issues. For kids and teens, there's no good reason to let your kids ever use it. With its ad-heavy presentation, questionable content, and numerous safety risks, this is one social media app to avoid.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about staying safe online using social media apps like Tagged - Chill, Chat & Go Live. What are your rules around chatting with strangers? What about sharing location?
Talk about online identity. Do you think people misrepresent themselves online? If so, is it risky to meet with them in real life?
Discuss appropriate livestreaming behavior. What information is it less risky to share? What information should you never share in a livestream -- or on any social media platform?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free ($9.99/month subscription option for VIP features and optional in-app purchases for in-app currency)
- Release date: April 1, 2011
- Category: Social Networking
- Size: 242.10 MB
- Publisher: Ifwe Inc.
- Version: 9.2.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.3 or later; Android varies with device
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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