Please find the National Online Safety guide for ‘What Parents Need to Know About Replika‘ below.
Download: Replika Guide for Parents [PDF]
What is Replika?
Replika is an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot companion that its developers claim users can form an actual emotional connection with. Once users have created an account and chosen a 3D avatar, they select the type of relationship they want with the chatbot: friend, mentor or romantic partner. Using a neural network to hold an ongoing one-on-one conversation, Replika gradually becomes more like the user as it gathers data from their responses. It isn’t the only AI chatbot app available, but Replika pushes the boundaries of the concept to offer a highly realistic conversational experience.
In the guide, you’ll find tips on a number of potential risks such as possible addiction, inappropriate content and in-app purchases.