We believe the Yubo app is dangerous for students and we want parents to be informed
Nicknamed “Tinder for Snapchat” and “Tinder for Teens”, the Yubo app markets itself as a way to make friends. But not everyone using this app is who they say they are – and that could put young users at risk.
What is the Yubo app?
- Yubo markets itself as a way to chat and livestream with new friends
- It was formerly called Yellow
- It’s rated for users 17+ in the iOS App Store and “T” for Teen in Google Play
- Yubo’s website says users have to be over the age of 13 and must have parental permission. The website also says users ages 13 – 17 have their own Yubo community that is separate from adults
- New users are prompted to provide their name, birthday, gender, photo, and phone number to sign in
- Users can opt to have their ID verified through a website called Yoti. Verified users have a yellow check displayed on their profiles
- Users are asked to give permission for the app to access their microphone and GPS location
- Yubo app users can join a live group stream or swipe through profiles
- If two users swipe right on each other’s photos then they become a match and can chat or share Instagram and Snapchat usernames
- The Yubo app is free, but users can pay for a premium subscription to up their visibility and get rid of ads
- Privacy settings can hide a user’s location and prevent people, who are swiping through, from seeing their profile
The Yubo app in the news
[The adult female suspect] had created a profile for a fake teenage boy on apps such as… Yubo to talk to girls, even disguising her appearance to make her seem more like a teenage boy. After gaining the girls’ trust, [the suspect] would arrange to meet up with her victims under the guise of this false identity and sexually assault them. – Newsweek
Tinder for teens is now a thing. Your kids can literally swipe right, for an easy hook up, to share nude photos, or worse. Parents will not like it, but predators will. – CBS
Why should parents care about the Yubo app?
Predators can pose as younger students and get access to other users’ personal Snapchat and Instagram accounts.
- The Yubo app integrates with Instagram and Snapchat, encouraging other users to connect with your student on those platforms
- Users report that live streams can involve foul language, racial slurs, mature talk and gestures, and drug use
- Anonymous viewers can comment on and record live streams
- Yubo markets itself as a way to make friends, but it’s often used as a dating app and this can be confusing for teens and tweens who are just getting access to Instagram and Snapchat
What can parents do?
Explain to your children that sharing their information with strangers online is never safe.
- If your teen is using the Yubo app, have a discussion with them about the dangers of this app and urge them to delete it
- 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
- Consider joining the Smart Social Membership to get a digital road map for your family online. This strategy will protect your kids today (and protect their online identity for tomorrow)
While students might have fun chatting with new friends on the Yubo app, the Smart Social team doesn’t recommend it for students. 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.