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Monkey is a social chatting app that uses live-streaming to randomly connect you with other users. By using the app, you can collect bananas which can be used to buy merchandise.


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Overall safety rating:

Our overall rating for Monkey

Very Poor

Monkey has an age rating of 18+ and randomly connects you with other users via live video chat. You should be aware that there is an anonymous version of the site.

While the app is designed for adults, there is no formal age-verification process in place. This means that a child could easily input a different date of birth to access it.

We didn’t come across anything inappropriate while exploring the app. However there are reports online about inappropriate and sexually explicit behaviour on the platform. It was also removed from the Apple Store in 2018 because of this.

We do not think it is suitable for kids under the age of 18.

Safety features

There are no parental controls or safety features available. However, because the app is designed for adults this might be why.

Because it connects you with people you don’t know via livestream we do not think this app is suitable for children to use.

You might also want to check out Monkey’s Safety advice for more information.

Privacy & location

There are no privacy or location settings available on Monkey. When you connect with another user they can see your name, age and region. As the platform uses real-time video chat, they will also be able to see your face and surroundings.

Reporting & blocking

There are reporting and blocking features available on Monkey and they are easy to use. They also have a team of moderators reviewing report requests 24/7. They remove any reported content immediately until it’s reviewed. However, this won’t stop inappropriate content from being shared via livestreaming.


There is a high risk your child could come across inappropriate or sexually explicit behaviour on this platform. There are also a number of reports concerning inappropriate behaviour and young people being contacted by adults they don’t know.

Be aware that the anonymous version of the site makes it a lot harder to report this sort of behaviour.

O2 Guru top tip


On Monkey reporting users

Your child can use the report button if they come across anything inappropriate. Explore this together and talk about what they might want to report.

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Top tips for staying safe

Explore our Net Aware reviews to help find an app, site or game that might be more suitable for your child. Here are some things you might want to look out for:

• Age ratings
• Parental controls
• Chat features

Help your child think about what they share online and who sees it. Compare it to what they would be happy to share offline.

Use examples that are easy for them to understand: “You shouldn't give your number to somebody you don't know on the street. Is somebody online you don't know any different?”

Listen to their answers. And be positive and encouraging.

Remind them that they shouldn’t share private things, such as:

  • personal information, like names, emails, phone numbers, location and school names
  • other people's personal information
  • links to join private group chats
  • photos of themselves
  • photos of their body, such as sexual photos or videos.

Explain that you understand the internet is a great place to play, create, learn and connect. But remind them they can talk to you if anything upsets or worries them.

Reassure them that you won’t overreact – you’re just looking out for them.

It’s important to remind your child that they can talk you, another adult they trust, like a teacher, or Childline about anything they see online.

If your child sees something online that upsets or worries them it’s important that you both know where you can get further support.

If you’re worried about your child or need advice you might want to call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.

Encourage your child to look at the Childline website, which has a range of great advice articles:

• Feeling good on social media
• Coping with stress
• Worries about the world

Childline’s Calm zone is also packed with tools and activities to help your child de-stress and discover news techniques that can support them when they’re feeling down. Young people can also talk about their worries with others on the Childline message boards.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command helps keep children safe from online grooming. If you suspect it is an adult who is in contact with your child and they are behaving inappropriately then you should report this to the CEOP.

Check out their Safety Centre for further advice and support on this.


Talking to your child

Having open, regular conversations with your child will help you to really understand and explore the online world together. Our tips and advice can help you start these conversations.

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