A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
To read stories on YARN - CHAT FICTION, read the first text message on the screen, then tap on the screen to view the next one. Read that one, tap on the screen to see the next message, and so on. Sign up for the free seven-day trial or purchase a subscription to view images. When you are finished with the first story, choose another episode of the same story or a new story from the main menu. Share a link to the story, or mark it as a favorite.
Is it any good?
The voyeuristic vibe in these stories is sure to hook some readers at first, but the content is so base and blah that many users will either get repulsed or bored after a story or two. Some stories on Yarn - Chat Fiction that poke fun at celebrities (LeBron Texts His Hairline) are clever, while other stories (Sexting 411) are just predictable. The horror and violence stories are more disturbing than one may imagine a text message-based story could be, and the sex-related stories are nothing more than scripted sexting. And while anything that gets kids reading is usually great, the vast majority of stories in this app are negative enough to potentially outweigh any benefit.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the appropriate or inappropriate use of text messaging in some of the stories in Yarn - Chat Fiction. What kind of communication is okay via text, what content should never be shared in a text? Read Common Sense Media's 8 Things You Should Know About Sexting.
Talk about the violence in these stories. Is it better or worse than visual violence in movies? Why?
Ask your teen which Yarn stories they like and why? Some teens may like the horror stories while others may like the fictional celeb text conversations. Watch one of their favorites.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (seven-day trial and then subscription from $2.99 to $39.99)
- Release date: June 5, 2017
- Category: Books
- Size: 57.30 MB
- Publisher: Science Mobile
- Version: 2.0.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
- Last updated: October 23, 2019
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