Nicknamed “Tinder for Snapchat” and “Tinder for Teens”, the Yellow app markets itself as a way to make friends even though it’s mostly used as a dating app. This can be confusing for teens and tweens who are just getting access to Instagram and Snapchat.
What is the Yellow app?
- Users who sign up for Yellow are prompted to provide their name, birthday, gender, and an answer to the question “are you looking for boys, girls, or both?”
- Yellow users are then asked to take and upload a selfie and share their location with the app
- Once you’ve signed up you are taught to swipe right if you like a profile, swipe left to pass a profile, or tap to see other pictures of that user
- If you swipe right on a profile and they swipe right on yours then you become a match and can chat or share Instagram and Snapchat usernames
Yellow app in the news
Tinder for teens is now a thing. Your kids can literally swipe right, for an easy hook up, to share nude photos, or worse. So we decided to take a closer look at the app called ‘Yellow’. Parents will not like it, but predators will. –CBS
Yellow’s settings that enable adults to view children, also creates an opportunity for sexual predators to target young people. –Telegraph
Why should parents care?
Yellow makes it easy for predators to pose as younger students and get access to other users personal Snapchat and Instagram accounts.
- Although students must be 13 or older to use Yellow, the app will change your age and default to a birthdate that is 13+ if you enter a birthdate that is less than 13 years old when registering
- The Yellow app integrates with Instagram and Snapchat, encouraging other users to connect with your student on those platforms
- Yellow markets itself as a way to make friends even though it’s mostly used as a dating app, this can be confusing for teens and tweens who are just getting access to Instagram and Snapchat
- The app doesn’t work unless users give it access to their location
- Your hometown and age are displayed with your username throughout the app, this broadcasts your location even more
- Yellow makes it easy for predators to pose as younger students and get access to other users personal Snapchat and Instagram accounts
What can parents do?
Explain to your children that sharing their information with strangers online is never safe.
- If your teen is using the Yellow app, have a discussion with them about the dangers of this app and urge them to delete it
- Explain to your children that sharing their information with strangers online is never safe
- Be aware of the app icons your student has on their phone and research the icons you don’t know to become familiar with them
- If your student is on Snapchat or Instagram, follow their accounts but don’t engage with their content
- When you’re ready for your student to have access to social media, visit the Parent App Guide Page to learn how students can use social media in a positive way that won’t hurt their online footprint or put them in danger
- Consider joining Parent University to get a digital road map for your family online. This strategy will protect your kids today (and protect their online identity for tomorrow).