Chat, Social Media
Is the Wizz App Safe? A Wizz App Review for Parents
Here’s an app you probably don’t want on your child’s device — the Wizz app. Currently taking the #9 spot for Social Networking on the App Store, Wizz is intended to be a place to make online friends from anywhere and everywhere. It works similarly to a dating app, where you are presented with other people’s profiles and can choose to either swipe them away or swipe to start a conversation. The app is supposed to be for 13+ users and they even attempt to verify your age upon making an account (more on that later). But there are more than enough reasons why this app is best suited for a mature crowd only, and that’s exactly what we’ll get into with this review. Read on to learn more!
Harmful Content 😲
Wizz tries to encourage a positive environment and claims anyone violating their guidelines will be banned. But unfortunately, harmful content can easily be found anyway. Users can expect content including profanity, sexual content, violence, drug/substance content, and much more to present either on others’ profiles or in chat conversations. Here are a couple of examples: While the app isn’t marketed as a dating app, it seems many are using it that way anyways since it’s so reminiscent of one. This means some people’s profile pics are overtly sexual and inappropriate, and chat conversations could quickly become sexting. And regarding drug content, it’s not uncommon to see profiles of users smoking and hinting towards it with emojis like “🌿🔌” (meaning weed plug).
Age verification is certainly a step in the right direction and it’s more than we can say for countless other apps. However, using an AI to scan faces is not foolproof — or better yet, childproof — by any stretch of the imagination. There are just too many variables. What if a child looks older than their age? What if an adult looks younger than their age? What’s stopping either from tricking the AI by putting another face in front of the camera to scan? Can the AI detect if it’s scanning an actual face or a picture of a face? So while we commend the attempt at verification, we cannot recommend that parents fully rely on this feature to protect their kids.
So needless to say, the risk of predation is huge. The whole point of Wizz is chatting with strangers — and with no guarantee of accurate age verification — catfishing, grooming, and eventual online sexual abuse are all a possibility.
Positive Value 💙
Making online friends isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s a difficult task when there are so many dangers to be aware of and avoid. For kids, Wizz doesn’t seem to have any worthwhile benefits.
Parental Controls ✅
Wizz does not have any parental controls, but Bark can fill in the gaps!
With Bark, you can:
- Block Wizz entirely if needed.
- Manage when your child can use Wizz throughout the day.
- Receive an alert if your child tries to download it.
Bark is a comprehensive online safety solution that empowers families to monitor content, manage screen time, and filter websites to help protect their kids online. Our mission is to give parents and guardians the tools they need to raise kids in the digital age.