StreetChat App Parent Guide

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March 13, 2015

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What is the StreetChat app?

StreetChat is a similar to another anonymous app called Yik Yak. It’s a live photo-sharing board designed for middle school, high school and college students. Unlike the Yik Yak app, StreetChat doesn’t require access to your location. The app asks you to choose the school campus board you want to post on (or browse photos photos on).

Unlike the AfterSchool App, on StreetChat you don’t need to be a student of the chosen school - and you can change the schools every 24 hours in the app. Users can see posts from people at their school, other local campuses or from users from around the world.

As StreetChat boards are connected to school’s and college’s campuses, students often mention real people

Users can post pictures with captions on the chosen board. The StreetChat App encourages its users to posts pictures and live photos captured by their cameras, as well as pictures that are already in their phones. Most of the time users are trying to be funny with their posts. They write jokes about their school lives or the world around them. As boards are connected to school’s and college’s campuses, students often mention real people (other students, teachers, or friends) in their captions.

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This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Green Zone.
This app is not safe for students to use unsupervised, but a Green Zone app can serve a positive purpose to help a student to navigate social media and someday build an online brand. Read more below to find out why this app is in the Green Zone.

This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Gray Zone.
Gray Zone apps often contain lots of private & disappearing messages, and strangers can use this to chat with students. Parents should participate in these apps with students to keep them safe. This zone can be a great place for family time since many of these apps can be entertaining, and let your students express themselves. Read more below to find out why this app is in the Gray Zone.

This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Red Zone.
Red Zone apps often have lots of anonymous features, adult content, and easy contact with strangers. Supervision is strongly suggested on each of these apps or move your kids to a safer zone. All apps require parental supervision, these apps more than others. Read more below to find out why this app is in the Red Zone or view our list of 100+ Apps to find a safer app with your student.
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This trend is categorized as a Dangerous Social Media Challenge.
Viral challenges encourage students to do dangerous things to garner likes, views, attention, and subscribers. These challenges can be found across several social networks and may encourage students to perform dangerous activities. SmartSocial.com keeps parents updated on these social media challenges before an incident may occur in your community.

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NOTE: This app is no longer available in the iOS App Store or on Google Play.

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What is the StreetChat app?

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StreetChat app logo

StreetChat is a similar to another anonymous app called Yik Yak. It’s a live photo-sharing board designed for middle school, high school and college students. Unlike the Yik Yak app, StreetChat doesn’t require access to your location. The app asks you to choose the school campus board you want to post on (or browse photos photos on).

Unlike the AfterSchool App, on StreetChat you don’t need to be a student of the chosen school - and you can change the schools every 24 hours in the app. Users can see posts from people at their school, other local campuses or from users from around the world.

As StreetChat boards are connected to school’s and college’s campuses, students often mention real people

Users can post pictures with captions on the chosen board. The StreetChat App encourages its users to posts pictures and live photos captured by their cameras, as well as pictures that are already in their phones. Most of the time users are trying to be funny with their posts. They write jokes about their school lives or the world around them. As boards are connected to school’s and college’s campuses, students often mention real people (other students, teachers, or friends) in their captions.

Why do students like the StreetChat app?

The StreetChat app doesn’t require users to reveal their real names or verify accounts via phone or email

To create an account on StreetChat app you can choose a unique username. The app doesn’t require users to reveal their real names or verify accounts via phone or email. Students like the app because of the of false sense of privacy, freedom and the anonymity it creates.

StreetChat engages its users by using "gamification" techniques

  • To make the StreetChat app more exciting, its creators gamified the app
  • To make the StreetChat app more exciting, its creators gamified the app. Each campus board has a users score board. Users can compete with each other in popularity by collecting “karma” points
  • To collect points you have to post pictures. Other users can vote “up” your posts if they like them and vote “down” if they don’t (using buttons in the lower right of the image)
  • The StreetChat app creators want users to capture the world around them
  • Each “like” brings you karma points and puts you higher on the leaderboard
  • For posting real time photos (taken by your phone camera) you collect more points than for using memes or downloaded pictures. The app creators want users to capture the world around them (people and places from their campuses)
  • Posting inappropriate photos on StreetChat app will get your account suspended from using the app for several days

StreetChat restrictions

  • Age 14+
  • Posting inappropriate photos will get your account suspended from using the app for several days
  • The app encourages users to vote down or report any bullying or nudity

StreetChat concerns

Students feel more freedom in sending mean posts since this app isn’t tied to their real identity.

  • Cyberbullying - The StreetChat app is tied to location, so students often use real names of their classmates or teachers in their posts or jokes
  • Anonymous - Kids feel more freedom in sending mean posts since this app isn’t tied to their real identity
  • Private messaging - The app also has a private messaging option. Usernames are not verified, so you never can be sure who you’re talking to

StreetChat is very similar to the anonymous app: Yik Yak (which causes a lot of trouble on campuses nationwide)

What can teachers and parents do to keep students safe?

  1. StreetChat is very similar to the anonymous app: Yik Yak (which causes a lot of trouble on campuses nationwide)
  2. We recommend you have your kids delete the StreetChat app (and not let them visit the website)
  3. If your kids have this app - have a conversation with them immediately about their app usage

Explain to your students that they should not talk to strangers online (just like in real life)

  1. Explain to your kids that they should not talk to strangers online (just like in real life)
  2. Explain that online services are not completely anonymous. Their information can become public and can be tracked by authorities
  3. Ask kids to not share their real names, age, phone number or address with people they don’t know
  4. Discuss bullying issues. Tell your kids that they can always come to you if they have a problem or a concern

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