You probably never heard of Monkey App if you are over 17, so here is the deal.
Monkey App is a video chat app based on a simple idea: it connects strangers in the network on a completely random basis.
The information about the participants is non-existent (think of it as an extremely awkward blind date).
You have only 10 seconds to engage with your "Monkey-buddy" before time runs out. If, when the 10 seconds are up, the two people decide not to add more time to extend the conversation before being booted out abruptly with a : Thank you ...NEXT.
Monkey App an instant and controversial mechanism, and it’s gotten no shortage of criticism, especially for people who see Monkey as the next generation of Chatroulette – the video chat app launched in 2009 that ended up in the eye of the storm after becoming a platform for very sexual content.
Monkey App “is an extremely clean community”, Pasternak stresses. And he and his partner created an integrated Snapchat account for Monkey App for users to flag any issues.
According to The New Yorker, so far the Monkey App has totaled over half a million random chats among its users. The average age of its users is 17, even if, as they point out to Mashable, it’s easy to lie about your age when you register.
Creators say Monkey App is for your internet friends, while Snapchat is for your real-life friends.
So what's the problem with Monkey App?
The Whitehaven Academy has highlighted the dangers of the Monkey app which is rapidly growing in popularity among teenagers.
Whitehaven Academy has warned on its Facebook page about the dangers of using this app.
"The terms of service allow users aged 13 and older, but there's no verification of age. Personal information is collected and can be shared with third parties.
"Please make your children aware of the dangers this social media platform can cause if not used appropriately."
Before connecting, users can see the age and gender of the individual, and have the option to accept or decline the video chat.
The NSPCC and phone provider O2 run a dedicated website to help adults keep up-to-date with the digital world and keep children safe.
It provides useful information on the social networks, apps and games that young people use. For more information visit www.net-aware.org.uk