Tagged - Chill, Chat & Go Live!

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Ad-filled, location-sharing hookup platform not for kids.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Simple controls but poor search algorithm. 

Violence

No violence in the app itself; user-created content could contain references to or images of violence. 

Sex

No sex in the app itself; user-created content often contains references to sex and suggestive imagery. 

Language

No bad language in the app itself (aside from that implied in the app store tagline "Bored AF?"); user-created content often contains words like "f--k" and "s--t." 

Consumerism

Constant ads, paid subscription for full access, non-refundable in-app currency.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No references to drink, drugs, or smoking in the app itself; user-created content could contain such things. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tagged - Chill, Chat & Go Live! is a freemium social media app based on the meetup website of the same name. Originally begun in 2011 as a site for young teens, the app has morphed the service into the adults-only arena. Users must be over 18 to sign up which works since its demographic skews toward adults 35-49 years old, the app can share your location, and its content contains suggestive photos, language, and livestreams. There's also an option to sign up through Facebook, which adds additional privacy considerations. The terms of service state the company can discontinue its services at any time, with no obligation to paying members (members with premium subscription or who've bought app currency.) The app contains a lot of ads, and users who collect enough Likes are rewarded with Diamonds which they can exchange for actual money via Paypal. Read the app's extensive terms of service and privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared. Both provide simplified versions of paragraphs so they're a bit easier to understand.

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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? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (subscription option for VIP features and optional in-app purchases for in-app currency)
  • Subscription price: $9.99/month
  • 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

For kids who love social networking

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