App Store description:Yarn allows you to read stories in chat format initially for free, but the upsell 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. Many different types of chat stories are presented, ranging from Justin Timberlake in a mysterious conversation with another celebrity, two young girls running from secret agents after hacking an Internet portal (whatever that is!), or a homeschool girl relating her first sexual experience to her friend (depicted above).
Yarn offers offer weekly, monthly, and annual subscriptions
Trials will be 7 days, after which the subscription will auto-renew
Weekly subscriptions will be charged at $2.99/week*
Monthly subscriptions will be charged at $7.99/month*
Annual subscriptions will be charged at $39.99/year*
APP Store rating: 12+ for infrequent/mild profanity or crude humor, mature/suggestive themes, horror/fear themes, mild sexual content/nudity, drug/alcohol/tobacco use.
What do parents need to know about Yarn?
The rating is a bit young: I have a 12-year-old, and I would never let her use this app. Based on the chat stories that I went through, the language can be of an adult nature with cursing and sex. Ironically, Hooked Chat Stories is rated younger for age 9, yet includes even more sexual themes. Both Yarn and Hooked are more appropriate as 17+ apps based on the content.
Is there Porn? we poked around and didn’t find any. There isn’t even a “settings” or profile to click with terms and conditions, which is a pretty typical doorway to a hidden Google search bar.
Money $$: once you are subscribed, it’s difficult to find where to go to cancel your subscription. In the app, you can’t access anything, other than clicking through text/chat stories. But, upon completing the installation process in iTunes, Apple sends an email to the Apple ID that purchased the subscription to remind everyone what they’re agreeing to. In that email is a link that says “review my subscriptions.” Click there to be taken to iTunes <<screenshot of the email below>>
Yarn bottom line – is it safe for your kid?
Yarn feels more like a 17+ app. 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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