A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
YEE - GROUP VIDEO CHAT creates a virtual social space for people to meet and chat. The app offers four distinct features that promote social connection: instant video call, group video calls, instant text chats, and profile browsing. After setting up a profile -- which lists name, age, and city -- users verify their identity through a multi-step process. They have the option to video or text chat with matches which are determined based on gender and sexual orientation. Users also have the option to enable their location and filter for "nearby" matches. People can participate in group chats with app matches, or they have the option to invite friends from their contacts using a unique link so they can group chat on the app. The app is free, and the community guidelines warn against using the platform for spam or advertisement.
Is it any good?
The premise that being social contributes to happiness and wellbeing is at the core of this app, and despite some glitches, it definitely makes an effort to keep it adults-only. Though starting a video chat with a stranger is awkward for many, the app's safety measures, thorough guidelines, identity verification, and human moderators aim to ensure a positive and safe experience for the Yee - Group Video Chat community. Despite the layered safety features, there are some red flags. Although matches may be limited, people can still connect with others without fulfilling the entire identity verification process. Though the app clearly states it is intended for people eighteen and older, some users were clearly underage. Users have to self-report their age upon registration, but can easily enter a birth year that meets the requirements. There were kids whose profile age was well over eighteen, but whose profile picture was that of a minor. Another concern is that there are no age filters, and through random matches, an 18-year-old could be matched with someone well over their age.
Also, the gender and sexual orientation filters aren't always accurate. For example, even when the match preference was set to girls, boy matches were offered. The app incorporates a face scan prior to instant video calls as a way to encourage people to keep content appropriate, but once connected, the topic of conversation -- and what appears via video -- is up to user discretion. And in user reviews, many people report technical glitches as well. Ultimately, although Yee - Group Video Chat integrates several measures to create a safe platform for people to meet and socialize, the attempts to verify age and identity have loopholes, and meeting strangers online is always risky for kids and teens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about privacy measures when using Yee - Group Video Chat. Since the app connects users with strangers, it's important to discuss the dangers of oversharing or disclosing personal information. Refer to the app's safety tips for additional recommendations on how to protect personal information, avoid scams, and ensure safety.
Use the app's community guidelines as a platform to talk about expectations for interacting with strangers or friends via digital platform. Outline what's considered acceptable online behavior and what steps should be taken if you experience an inappropriate exchange.
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