How To Set Up GroupMe Parental Controls

The GroupMe app is a messaging app owned by Microsoft. Users sign up with their Facebook, Microsoft/Skype, phone number, or email address, and are then able to send private or group messages to other users. It works across platforms; all you need is a device (iPhone, Android, computer, tablet) and Wi-Fi or data to get connected.

GroupMe is primarily a group chatting app, but there is also the option for direct messaging between individuals.

Safety Concerns With GroupMe

  1. Location tracking: Users can opt in to a geo-tracking feature, which allows them to engage in conversations with strangers. Nearby GroupMe users can view the name and profile picture of people close by, and they can initiate messages with one another. This is a concern because it gives potential predators a direct way to communicate with kids.
  2. Inability to fully delete old messages: There is no option to delete old messages, so if a user posts something they later regret, there's no way to undo it. Messages may be “hidden,” but they don’t disappear entirely. This inability to undo an action may be concerning.
  3. Access to inappropriate GIFs and emojis: Users are able to see and use content that parents might find objectionable. There are sexually explicit images, GIFs, and video clips. Many of these also allow users to follow the source link, which could then lead to even more inappropriate content. GroupMe does not offer a way to filter out this content.
  4. Reports of bullying: Because GroupMe is set up for group use, it's easy to see how these groups can encourage the formation of cliques. There have been many reports of bullying within the app.

How to Block Someone

You can block people from contacting you or adding you into any groups. You cannot delete GroupMe contacts.

1. In the main menu, select Contacts.
2. Select the contact you want to block, then select Block.
3. In the confirmation window, select Yes or Block.

How to Monitor Content

In addition to setting parental controls on your child's device, the next safety layer parents and caregivers should strongly consider is a monitoring solution to assess the content their kids encounter (and produce) across text messages, social media, and email. Bark can do this for you. On GroupMe, Bark monitors your child's group messages and private messages, including images and media associated with each. If you'd like to see a detailed list of everything Bark can monitor, click here.

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