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Amino App: Is Amino Safe for Kids?

by | Mar 23, 2018 | Social Media Monitoring

ingFirst there was instant messaging, then chat rooms, after that social media came into the picture. Now there are many different options to choose from when connecting with people online. One that your kids may be using is Amino, this is an app that is basically a network of fandoms. But is Amino app safe for kids?

What is Amino?

Amino is a network of communities. The app’s intentions are to bring people together based on their interests. You can build a customized profile, follow others, and grow your own following. Then, you are able to either find a community based on your passion or create your own and invite others to join you. Within these communities you can do quite a bit. Amino allows you to chat with people that share your interests. You can get news and other information about whatever you are interested in. Also, you can watch or post videos, read or post blogs, and much more.

Is Amino App Safe?

Children who use the app freely are able to explore any and everything available. Kids get on the app to visit the various communities looking to connect with others who share similar interests. Unfortunately, they can come across inappropriate content.

The company that created the app, Narvii, Inc. rated the app for those over the age of 12. However, they state there is violence, profanity, drug, and tobacco references, as well as, sexual content. There is absolutely no monitoring on Amino. While there are curators, they are not tasked to monitor everything that occurs within the communities. Nor will they be held responsible for inappropriate actions that may happen. This makes Amino risky for kids as they may see and hear things that are inappropriate.

Are Online Predators On Amino? 

Not everyone who visits Amino does so to innocently connect with others. Online sexual predators are scattered throughout the community. Hiding behind their phone or computer screens, they have ill intentions groom children. Online predators are smart in a scary way. They know how to connect with kids via the app’s chat feature and role play. It is frightening how quickly these predators can get children to trust them and entice them into having sexual conversations with them.

Because of this, a child that is not monitored in their use of Amino is able to see, hear, and engage in things that are highly inappropriate. Would you allow complete strangers into your home, to talk with your children without you present? Of course not! Allowing your child on Amino app without knowing what they are doing is similar.

Monitoring Children Online

At Bark, we know just how difficult it can be to keep up with each and everything our children do. What starts out as a simple way to connect with those who share interests can turn into something risky. Our service monitors over 20 social media networks, emails, and texts and alerts you to any potential safety concerns.

The internet has done a lot to make our lives easier, but there are also many ways that it has made things more dangerous. Bark’s monitoring services can help you keep your kids safer online.

About Bark

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.

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