Tap - Chat Stories & Funny Texts by Wattpad

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
Tap - Chat Stories & Funny Texts by Wattpad App Poster Image
Fiction in text message form with mature content.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational value

Stories don't have the depth of literary short stories or novels but are engaging enough to get teens reading. Teens can write and submit their own chat stories, too, giving them a chance to publish their writing.

Ease of play

Navigating and reading the stories is very intuitive.

Violence

Many stories involve intense suspense and the threat of death and end dramatically with the implication of death.

Sex

Mature stories, those including graphic sex and violence, are allowed and easily found through searches. Images in story library include partial nudity.

Language

No language filter for stories, so language ranges from mild insults to "f--k." 

Consumerism

Readers can read a small, set amount each day without paying for a subscription but will have to pay to get unlimited access.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Rating guidelines don't address drinking, drugs, and smoking, and stories include underage substance use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tap - Chat Stories & Funny Texts by Wattpad is a collection of user-generated stories in the form of text messages. It's made by Wattpad, a website for user-generated writing. Readers can read a limited amount each day for free or subscribe weekly, monthly, or annually. Users can write and submit their own stories and rate their stories as mature or for everyone, per the content guidelines. Mature stories, which include partial nudity in the story image, and graphic sex and violence are easily searchable. Dozens of languages are available in the settings. The privacy policy explains the personal information that is collected from users and specifies it is not for users younger than 13 due to the information collected.

User Reviews

Adult Written byShaina T. June 9, 2017
Teen, 14 years old Written byY0fav.sh0rtie July 11, 2017

Frienemy

Its a great app y'all want ur kids to be educated by reading ur in the right site.
Teen, 14 years old Written byTeen001 November 22, 2017

What's it about?

Readers can browse teaser images with titles and brief summaries of each story, browse by category, or search by keyword in TAP - CHAT STORIES & FUNNY TEXTS BY WATTPAD. They then read the story, one text at a time, tapping to read the next message in the story. Categories include romantic, scary, dramatic, and magical. Some stories are featured in the Top Picks section. Without a subscription, readers may have to wait for 30 minutes to be able to finish a story or continue reading others. Though writers rate their stories as "for everyone" or "mature," there's no way for readers to restrict access.

Is it any good?

Many of the short chat stories are suspenseful and some are well-written, but it's quite easy for curious teens to search a few choice keywords and stumble upon graphic images and nudity. Many featured stories in Tap - Chat Stories & Funny Texts by Wattpad contain thrilling suspense with implied death in the end. Like Wattpad, it allows teens an interesting creative outlet, but there's a limit to a story's depth in this format. The interface is easy to navigate, and the stories flow smoothly from text to text with a tap. Without tighter content controls, though, parents may not want kids and tweens reading and posting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk to kids about choosing appropriate reading material for their age and what crosses the boundaries for appropriate material in their home. Is the content in Tap - Chat Stories & Funny Texts by Wattpad a good fit for your family?

  • Have fun and practice writing and storytelling skills by creating your own text stories. Each person can write one character's texts, making up the story as you go.

  • Talk about how stories can come in different forms: a series of letters, all flashback, and so on.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling, writing
  • Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
    Self-Direction: initiative
    Tech Skills: digital creation
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try (subscriptions range from $2.99 to $39.99)
  • Release date: March 10, 2017
  • Category: Books
  • Size: 53.70 MB
  • Publisher: Wattpad Corp
  • Version: 1.7
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up

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