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Yellow is a new social media app that many are calling “Tinder for Teens.” The app requires you to allow it access to your location, I assume to allow it to show you potential “friends” who are near you (and it appears to include your hometown under your name and age everywhere on the app). One of the first questions you also have to answer is “Are you looking for boys, girls, or both?” which could refer to friends but sounds more like a dating app question to me.

So how does it work? Swipe right to “make new friends” or swipe left to move on. If someone for whom you swiped right also swipes right for you, your SnapChat user names are shared so you can begin snapping with each other.

On the App store, the app is currently rated 12+ for the following: “Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use References; Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor; Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes; Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity.”

The app has some police and many parents concerned about not only sexting as a result of the app but also the ease with which predators might be able to use it (there appears to be no system in place for verifying the age, gender, or other information a person supplies to the app, and location services must be turned on to use the app at all).

The best approach to this app, as with all apps on our “apps to be aware of” list is to talk with your teens. If they want to download or use the app, find out their motivation and what they hope to get out of it. Talk to them about the potential dangers and risks. Talk to them about how to be safe and godly in their online interactions. And always remind them that they are loved by you and by their God.

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