Monkey Web


Type of Resource


Publication Date

September 22, 2023


Harmful or inappropriate content  / Online Blackmail/ Online Grooming

Safeguarding Alert

Our online safety experts have been alerted to an extremely dangerous website and app called ‘Monkey’, which allows users to have video calls with strangers. The platform markets itself as ‘an alternative to Omegle, with a TikTok vibe’. Our online safety experts reviewed and tested this platform and have found that it contains large amounts of inappropriate, disturbing, and harmful content transmitted via web cameras.

Here is everything you need to know…

What is Monkey?

Age Rating?

What are the Key Functions?

Key Safeguarding Concerns

Whilst testing this platform, reviewers found that every second or third user was a male masturbating, with some attempting to interact. Reviewers found countless examples of adverts for sex, as well as pornography and bestiality. Extremely harmful content can flash up for a few seconds before the user clicks next, meaning there is no time to report in most cases.

The unpredictability of this content is likely to increase the shock factor and harmful impact because users have no warning as to what may appear.

There is little to no age verification mechanisms which children of any age can easily bypass. All users must do is tick a box to confirm that they are over 18. If users are signing in using their Facebook or Google accounts, the platform will still ask for a date of birth without any proof. The place where users input their DOB is pre-set to age 18.
Everything, from the name, to the graphics used on the platform suggest this is created to attract children. It is described as ‘an Omegle Alternative with TikTok vibes’. On Google Play Store, its description reads ‘Make friends and chat to celebrities’ and the app has copied TikTok’s vertical style video feed.

Buying ‘Monkey Plus’ gives the user additional bonuses such as the ability to filter gender and add a VIP badge to their profile. This is currently $2.99 a month.

There are ample opportunities to spend money via VIP profiles or through buying more in-app currency called coins.

The location of every user is shared publicly (not specifically but will say a country and a town/city) and there is no option to block this.
If you deny the camera, Monkey will prompt you ‘Monkey needs the cam‘.
Our online safety experts have located numerous examples of screenshots from Monkey being shared on mainstream social media platforms including TikTok and Instagram. Monkey also has its own accounts on TikTok and Instagram with a link to the site in the bio of each profile. This means that young people may be driven to the platform by viral videos discussing the site.
As with all livestreaming apps, children and young people could give away personal information without realising. They may also share details with strangers online or via linking their Facebook or Google accounts.

Safety and Privacy Settings

If a user sees something harmful or inappropriate, they can use the reporting tools. Users are then told that ‘you have reported successfully’. This feature offers zero opportunity to describe the reason for reporting. The user who has been reported could also be operating from a desktop and not signed in, so there is little to no accountability for those who break the platforms community guidelines.

Users can also report a profile. Users are asked what was inappropriate and given four options: Underage, Inappropriate Content, Spam and No Reason. Users are then thanked for their reporting.

Users can block profiles. This will remove any of the history you and that account may have had.

Users can turn off features such as ‘Knock Knock’ as well as hide their ‘Online Status’.

Top Tips for talking to your child about online risks

Helpful Advice & Guidance

If you have concerns about the immediate safety of a young person, you should contact the emergency services on 999 (emergency number)

Watch our video below for more advice on having a difficult conversation about sensitive issues with your child.

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