APP Update: Yubo

14th February 2018

Yubo (formerly Yellow) is an app that is often called the "Tinder for teens" because users swipe right or left to accept or reject the profiles of other users. If two people swipe right on each other, they can chat and hook up via Snapchat or Instagram.

What parents need to know:

-It's easy to lie about your age. Even if you try to enter a birth date that indicates you're under 13, the app defaults to an acceptable age so you can create an account anyway.

-You have to share your location and other personal information. For the app to work, you need to let it "geotag" you

-There are no private profiles, so the only option is to allow anyone to find you.

-It encourages contact with strangers. The whole point is to meet people. The difference with Yubo is that the endgame is sometimes just exchanging social media handles to connect there. Even if there's no offline contact, however, without age verification, teens are connecting with people they don't know who may be much older.

-No internal moderation.

LEGAL AGE: 13 (Users under age 17 require permission from a parent or guardian to set up an account)