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What's it about?
In YUBO users create a profile with photos and 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 chat. 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 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, though you can hide yourself from the Swipe feature. 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, and the slider for the Live feature goes from 13-25.
Is it any good?
Though there's been some movement to give parents and teens information about using the app, it's still not a safe environment. 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, the safety concerns are still profound enough to negate any value.
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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