Yeti - Campus Stories

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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College social network shows substance use, post-sex snaps.

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A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Setup and navigation are very easy.

Violence

No violence against humans was seen during testing, but since all content is user-generated, the possibility is there. Several users do show off guns, however, and many hunters show their kills. 

Sex

Though we didn't see any nudity, there are a lot of pictures of cleavage and rear ends in tight pants. And there are some shots that implied sexual content though didn't show it explicitly. 

Language

Every curse word shows up at some point, from "damn" to "f--k."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are several shots of people drinking beer or showing off their beer choice, and several show marijuana being (or about to be) smoked.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Yeti - Campus Stories is a social-networking app for college students that uses location identification to allow users to connect to other students at nearby schools; however, there's no verification of attendance or enrollment, so anyone can sign up. Students from most major universities can both post what they're up to or browse a collection of shots from any school of their choosing. Because the content is user-generated, it's often loaded with foul language, alcohol and/or drugs, guns, and sexual overtones. The app requires your location to function and states that users must be 17 and older. Though it doesn't include many details, read the privacy policy to learn more about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Once you let YETI - CAMPUS STORIES identify your location, it will let you choose from nearby colleges. You can then look at posts from users at that school or peek at posts from other schools. Students (or others) can post pictures or short videos for other users to see. Viewers show their appreciation with hearts, which are given by touching the bottom of the screen, and revisit their liked "Yeets" later. Posts appear one at a time for several seconds, during which a user can't swipe to the next one; a small circle in the lower-left corner of the screen shows the time elapse on each post. Users can embed another post in your own and comment on it, and pictures are frequently tagged with "FTY" (for the Yeti) or "pre/post smash" (before or after sex).

Is it any good?

Though it might be a fun social tool for college students and does contain posts from funny to bland, it also allows non-students to sign up and features sex, drugs, and drinking. It's a way for students to share what's going on in their lives with a large group of people, and students thinking of transferring or attending a college can get a vibe of the student body without traveling to the campus. However, the fact that anyone can join without age verification allows adults to create content and view posts from teens and young adults, though there's no messaging. Also, stereotypical college behavior dominates posts, with big bags of marijuana, glorified binge drinking, and casual sex. In terms of functionality, it's cumbersome to have to wait for each post to cycle through if you're ready to move on to the next one. Also, sometimes the text with the post is cut off and unreadable. Ultimately, it's a Snapchat/Vine combo for college kids with fewer features.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what's appropriate to post for the world to see and what's not. Talk with your teens about the fact that things posted online are essentially permanent.

  • Make sure your teen knows how to report abuse and harassment on this and all social-networking apps.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: December 16, 2015
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 6.10 MB
  • Publisher: Factyle
  • Version: 1.3.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up

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