A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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.
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