Yarn – Chat Fiction
Is the Yarn Chat & Text Stories App safe?
A complete app review for parents.
What is Yarn Chat & Text Stories App?
[Also referred to as “Yarn Chat Fiction” in the Google Play Store]
App Store description: Yarn allows you to read stories in chat format initially for free, but the up-sell to pay comes very quickly. Every Yarn story is told in bite-sized, text message format (very similar to HOOKED) as if you were watching someone else’s text messages.
According to the iTunes App Store’s description:
Ever wanted to snoop through people’s conversations and not feel guilty for it? Want to enter a world of suspense and horror but not up for a long read? Well, now you can!
Every Yarn story is told as a short text message conversation, as if you are watching someone else’s text messages. Whether it be hypothetical conversations between two of your favorite celebs, a frantic group chat after accidentally liking an ex’s photo on Instagram, or those suspenseful mysteries you just can’t get enough of, Yarn lets you tap through it all!
Pricing: ranges from $2.99 for a week to $99.99 for a year. Be careful! It’s difficult to unsubscribe, but we show you how below.
Corporate website: https://yarnapp.co/
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
What do parents need to know about the Yarn Chat & Text Stories App?
The rating is correct at 17+ for Apple but too low for Google Play. Based on the chat stories that we went through, the language, themes, and focus on horror and sex are all aimed for adults.
Is there Porn? Soft core. Plenty of descriptions that will make you blush. They know that horror and sex sell.
Money $$: once you are subscribed, it’s difficult to find where to go to cancel your subscription. This really great article from Tech Crunch shows you how to cancel subscriptions, like Yarn, that you initiate through the App Store.
Related article: How to Turn off Automatic Subscriptions on iPhone
The bottom line: is the Yarn App safe for kids?
We agree with the 17+ Apple rating. There’s just too much adult content. If after all of this, you still decide to allow your teenagers have the app, then I would recommend mom or dad spend an evening just flipping through the stories. The titles will give you an indication of what sells best (remember: sex, violence, drug use, and horror).
Now What? Have you Heard of Bark?
Are you interested in having greater insight into the social media platforms that your kids are using? Bark is one of the best platforms we’ve tested. They’re constantly looking for ways to dig further into apps like Yarn, to alert parents. We trust them and we think you should, too!
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