A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Watch2Gether is a video viewing website. Users can access content and chat with friends without registering to use the site. They're automatically given a random username when they create a viewing room, which they can change. Rooms they create are all private by default and are deleted after 24 hours unless they sign up for a Watch2Gether account and save specific locations. Users can easily find some content that's meant for adults, such as videos featuring drug use and sexual themes, and there aren't any language restrictions on the discussion forum associated with the site. Users can also easily click from a video they're watching to the site that hosts it and access whatever other content is on that site.
What's it about?
Users can click on a button on WATCH2GETHER to create a room and send friends a link to collectively view videos or listen to audio files. People can enter a direct link to a video or search for content from numerous places, including YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, and Soundcloud, and add items to a playlist. They can discuss what they're viewing in a chat window on the screen and also enable video chatting. All participants can search for and play videos, unless you enable moderator options.
Is it any good?
Users can easily connect with friends to watch things together on this video site, but they can also easily access questionable content. Watch2gether doesn't require users to register to use the site. Instead, they just need to email a link to the room they've created to other people to get started. Instead of just observing, invited guests can contribute by finding videos to watch and play as well. Participants can also chat about what they're viewing on the same screen and may be able to video chat, although that feature can be a bit difficult to figure out for all users.
Users will also see viewing suggestions, and it's easy to find videos to play on the site. They're often shorter clips from sources like Vimeo and YouTube. If users want to watch something that isn't available from any of the platforms listed on the site, a feature that syncs unsupported external sources using a browser extension may allow them to, for example, access items using their Netflix account. The biggest problem with the site is that parents may be concerned about the content kids can come across on Watch2Gether. Some of the video sources feature items with adult themes. There's no moderation on chat comments or on video content, so it's entirely possible for the users of a room to fill the clip playlist with mature content filled with violence, sexual content, language, substance use, or other shocking material. Viewing the site with your child -- or at least checking which items are listed on your child's playlist -- could help ensure kids and their friends have a safe viewing experience.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how can kids tell if something is OK to watch. What elements -- such as movie ratings -- can indicate a video is meant for kids or adults?
How much time should you spend watching movies or TV shows, even if they're educational? What limits can your family set to ensure everyone is also enjoying other activities?
Do you understand the difference between downloading and watching things on screen -- and owning and renting?