What is the Bunch app?
Bunch is group video chat with friends while playing your favorite multiplayer online games!
It allows you to party up with friends over video, and jump into your favorite multiplayer games together. It’s just like a house party – with amazing games you can play with friends – anytime, anywhere.
Bunch comes bundled with several awesome multiplayer games you can play with friends. You can also launch many of your favorite multiplayer titles – and play them together over video chat!
Corporate website: https://bunch.live/
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What do parents need to know about Bunch?
Here’s a list of items we try to evaluate with each app we review.
Does Bunch have easily accessible inappropriate content?
It is live interaction so you never know what will be viewable. However, if you are only friends with people you know and trust, then a lot of the risk of inappropriate content will go away.
Does Bunch have default public settings?
Does Bunch share your location?
There is no location setting on Bunch!
Does Bunch have “ephemeral” or disappearing content?
Everything is a live video whether you are just chatting or playing a game together. So while it is not like Snapchat, there is no ‘undoing’ what happens in a live interaction.
Does Bunch have direct messaging?
Yes. If you tap on their user name, then you can send them a message or a picture. Content can not be deleted once it is sent. It also creates a log of every interaction that you have had with that user.
Does Bunch have ads and in-app purchases?
No. Even when playing games we did not find any ads pop up.
Does Bunch make it easy to report bad content?
Not really. If someone is doing something inappropriate while you are chatting or playing a game, then you can end the chat or game. In your friend list, you can either unfriend or report another user.
Does Bunch verify users when creating accounts?
Yes. If you sign up with a phone number, then Bunch will send you a verification code. Users can also sign up through their Apple ID or Facebook.
Do Bunch’s features facilitate bullying?
It could. Like a social networking app, it really depends on who you connect with.
Do Bunch’s features facilitate predatory activity?
The app itself does not. If a kid connects with an online stranger from another app, then they could also become friends on Bunch.
How does Bunch guard privacy?
Bunch guards privacy like any other social media platform, sharing account details with third parties (like Facebook), but also collecting location data through your IP address, device, browser details, and use of “cookies.” Anyone using other social networks is already sharing more.
What third-party games does Bunch support?
There are seven preloaded games already on the Bunch app.
But users can also play Call of Duty Mobile, Golf Battle, Brawl Stars, Roblox, Uno, Scrabble Go, Agar.io, Fun Run Arena 3, PUBG, Clash Royale, Arma Jet, Go Battle, Guns of Boom, Badland Brawl, Clash of Clans, Creative Destruction, Frag, Rules of Survival, Basketball Stars, Battlelands Royale, Card Party, and Exploding Kittens. If you have any of these games installed on your device, then they will automatically show up in the games section of the Bunch app.
Can video or microphone be disabled?
Yes. Both can be turned off while chatting or playing a game.
The bottom line: Is Bunch safe for your kids?
This app could be used by kids 13+ with parental monitoring. We like that interactions can only happen between friends and that the content in the direct messaging can not be deleted.
- Talk to your kids about your expectations about what types of apps are allowable.
- If you want to allow kids to pick apps but with permission – Set up Family Sharing (iPhone) or Family Link (Android).
- If you want to prevent access to app stores altogether – Turn off the App Store in Screen Time (iPhone) or use an App Lock (Android).
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