IMVU is an Avatar based chat room app which has brought chatting with strangers to another level.
What on earth is an Avatar????
For those of you who don’t understand what an avatar is, it is a virtual figure that best represents you. You have the control to customise the character’s image in terms of body type and clothing. IMVU app allows you to customise this virtual version of yourself for free and if you are still not satisfied with the default options available to design your avatar, that’s no problem.
You can simply visit their virtual online store to purchase anything in clothing, shoes, accessories, even skin type, tattoos, eyes and head type. Purchases are made using online credits which are purchased with real money. As you can imagine, this type of gaming or “socialising” among young teens can lead to online bullying as well as expose your child to dangers when chatting to strangers online.
How do the credits work?
Credit prices range from €1.10 – €209.99 or you can take part in Earning Credits instead. The ‘Earn Credits’ section gives you 4 options in which you can earn some credits. There is a Daily Spin the Wheel, watch a video (which is usually advertising for other companies), complete an offer or complete a survey.
Chatting with strangers
Now that we have gone through the set-up stage, lets have a look at what the App really allows people to do. Firstly, the app age rating is 17+, yet it allowed iKydz to register at 16 years of age with only an email address. And as you can see in the image here, you can register as young as 15 years old. This is a screen grab from a real member of the app.
t’s immediately apparent that this app could be used as an easy access point for online predators hoping to engage with underage children. This app is completely dedicated to chat. In fact, you are encouraged to chat to complete strangers. The one thing we do not want to encourage our children to do.
There are endless amounts of chat rooms to choose from and with various themes. As soon as you enter, you are exposed to a world of unfiltered dialect, cyber bullying and child grooming.
There is even a ‘Chat Now‘ button which randomly links you with a one to one chat with a complete stranger. This app is an absolute magnet for cyber bullies and predators. If you are not spending real money on improving the appearance of your avatar and its surroundings, you will be bullied.
You also have plenty of options to purchase provocative clothing and engage in explicit sexual behaviour.
We found this app to be deeply disturbing the more we tested it. As soon as we put our avatar online, we were receiving random messages and followers within minutes. And with over 5 million downloads of this app worldwide, who has any idea what kind of people are waiting to chat to you.
We all know the well-known apps, but it’s apps such as IMVU or something similar that we all need to keep an eye out for. And on that note, we are very pleased to say that iKydz has now made this app available to block for our customers.
Feel safer withiKydz as we will continue to monitor the Internet for dangerous apps so we can keep parents informed. We will keep our block list up-to-date and keep children safe while online.
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