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Tune

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Content filter extension easy to use, hard to fine-tune.

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

Educational Value

Not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Simple to set up and adjust, but hard to know how to fine-tune.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tune is a Chrome extension (not an app) that allows users to filter out potentially offensive comments from popular community forums and chats. While it's easy to use, it's not entirely clear what is filtered via all of the settings. It's also experimental, making it an interesting, but not totally reliable, choice as a parental control option. It's best for a teen or an adult to set up; it's not meant for a younger kid to install and adjust. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

TUNE is a Chrome extension that allows the user to set various filter levels for the comments and discussions on popular websites like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Disqus. The general filter works like a volume dial that users can turn up (less filtration, more "noise") or down, which will show more comments or fewer, respectively. Tune filters on the fly so that users can quickly see how the filter is performing on a particular thread or comment. Tune also has the option to filter specific types of comments, like insults, threats, hate speech (attacks on identity), and sexually explicit language. 

Is it any good?

For those days when you want less negativity in your life, it's helpful to have an option to tune out the worst comments so that you can focus on the more positive/helpful remarks. Tune steps up to the plate in that regard, filtering out comments or entire threads that are harassing, vulgar, or profane based on your own comfort level. The Tune volume dial is easy to use, but it's not entirely clear what's blocked out at any given level. It may require some playing around to figure out what works best. Because it's experimental and language is both subjective and up to interpretation, Tune isn't a guarantee that nothing inappropriate will sneak through to kids. It also doesn't restrict other behaviors, like sharing phone numbers and addresses. Ultimately, Tune is a useful tool, but it's best for making your day a little bit brighter. It's just not designed or reliable as a parental control.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which social media sites and forums are acceptable for kids to use and how Tune might help use those sites. How can kids report unacceptable content on that site, whether it's bullying, hate speech, profanity, or something else?

  • Talk about what language is or is not appropriate for kids to use based on your family guidelines. What are your expectations for how your kids will communicate with others online?

App details

  • Device: Chromebook
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: March 12, 2019
  • Category: Other
  • Size: 915.00 MB
  • Publisher: Perspective
  • Version: 0.2.5
  • Minimum software requirements: Chrome

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