Make sure they can recognize when someone they are speaking with is acting inappropriately.
Make extra sure that they know how to use the apps reporting and blocking features to disengage with users who are behaving badly.
This would be ok if they were just monitoring spam or if they were monitoring language, nudity, ecc.
Instead they require posters to avoid what they call "simple posts".
We do our best to educate and monitor their internet actions but I learned how easy it is for good kids to be targeted and slowly sucked into participating in a way that is not of their usual character. If your kid likes metal that's great BUT don't let him/her be on Metal Amino.
It's full of bullies (who even bully autists), they respond with lenny faces & kys (Kill yourself) but they do much more terrible things.
(And make sure that they know it is okay to do so- I often see a stigma against blocking that considers it cowardly or weak; make sure your child is not harmed by that rhetoric!
) // And most of all, make it absolutely, totally clear that your child can ALWAYS come to you if they see something on the app that they don't know how to deal with!
Sorry about the wall of text, but I really believe the information I wrote is valuable.)// I see a lot of reviews of this app that seem very shocked and reactionary to me, and I would like to provide some clear, and hopefully helpful information.She feels that she NEEDS to be in this app and can't be with out it. Bullying, sexual content and the fact that you don't truly know the ages of the others you speak to in this app!! it says not to get this app if your younger than eighteen so you get anyway its not the apps fault its like saying here child have this beer even though your to younger. ohhh this beer is bad for you lets go tell the beer company this!!!After removing the app she finds ways to get back on secretly. The community has guidelines where they strictly monitor what people post.// If your child is interested in using this, I think you should let them, but ONLY after you coach them in internet safety.Make sure they know what sort of things to look out for.