A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling, writing
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
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