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What's it about?
In YUBO users create a profile with photos, videos, and links to their Snapchat and Instagram profiles. Users then can swipe left to pass or right to "love" other users' profiles. If two users swipe right on each other's profiles, they can unlock the ability to chat with each other and follow each other on Snapchat and Instagram. User profiles share a lot of personal information: To use the app effectively -- you'll be advised frequently while you use it -- you must enable location services so that the app can geotag your location. You can opt to hide your city and hide people's ability to find you, but you can't set your profile to be strictly private. You also have to share your name and your birth date, though there's no verification process involved. You don't have the option to make your profile private, and your profile can be viewed by anyone in a particular radius of your real-life location. The app has a built-in barrier to limit profile views by users' reported age: Users under 18 can only view profiles of users age 13 to 17, and users over 18 can only view profiles of users over 18 -- though again, there's no age verification.
Is it any good?
Serious privacy concerns aside, this app falls flat because it doesn't really do much: It's basically a clone of Tinder that lets users find Snapchat users who live near them. Other than a limited direct-chat feature that's unlocked when two users swipe right on each other, there's not much built into this app that isn't available elsewhere, and Yubo doesn't offer its own inventive features (such as fun filters) or any privacy settings to speak of. Plus, the ability to watch live videos of others just feels intrusive and creepy, and the superficial swiping mechanic sends a less-than-stellar message about making friends, since it's mostly based on appearance. Overall, using Yubo feels both tasteless and pointless, so it might be best to look elsewhere for ways to up your Snapchat game.
Talk to your kids about ...
Encourage kids to be smart about what and how they share online in general. We have some great tips on safety and being a good digital citizen.
Like Tinder, Yubo's looks-only "like" or "pass" matchmaking style may send some users into a self-criticism frenzy if they don't receive a lot of "likes." Read Common Sense's blog post "Is Social Media Giving Your Teen a Negative Body Image?"
Parents also can remind kids that nothing, once posted on the internet, ever really goes away -- and it can come back to haunt them.
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