Lipsi

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Buggy, anonymous app invites misuse, bullying.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Simple, but often non-functional.

Violence

None in the app; user comments could contain references to violence. 

Sex

None in the app; user comments could contain references to sex.

Language

None in the app; user comments could contain bad language. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

None in the app; user comments could contain references to drugs, alcohol, or smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lipsi is a social networking app marketed to "the young and the bold" that's meant to connect to your Instagram account so your friends can provide you with anonymous feedback. Although the app displays a disclaimer stating users must be 18 or older to use it, there's no discernible method for preventing younger kids from downloading it, and many users appear to be younger than 18. Users can choose to reveal their identities to each other and track (or delete) conversations. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the kinds of information collected and shared. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byceleste q. June 7, 2018

One day a teen will commit suicide because of this app!

Found teens using this app and one that tried to commit suicide was bullied and told why doesn't she do it already, who wants you alive, just die! This is... Continue reading
Adult Written byKymatt August 10, 2018

It’s not that bad

It’s not that bad I can see why some parents don’t want there child using it but there’s much worse then this like inappropriate movies or other anonymous messa... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byyadielandryan April 9, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written bywinniski11 June 26, 2018

Lipsi is the path to bullying, and it’s effects

Lipsi: seems fine, right? That is until kids are sending mean, hateful, and horrible comments to each other anonymously!! So, the comments like “go die” or “you... Continue reading

What's it about?

LIPSI is a social media platform designed to allow users to provide anonymous feedback to employers, friends, or online personalities. According to the developers' website, it's meant for "the boldest who want to step out of their comfort zone." The app offers a basic profile page and search function as well as messaging and message tracking.

Is it any good?

Anonymity's a proven red flag to online trolls bent on spreading meanness and misery, and this anonymous messaging app takes another ride at this rodeo. Its connection to Instagram opens the door to all kinds of photo and video content it's not responsible for, and though it does contain reporting/blocking tools -- and a "ghost mode" to prevent location tracking -- users can reveal their identities to each other at will. At present, Lipsi also seems to have some bugs in it: Its buttons do inexplicable things like minimizing the app and prompting for codes. Despite a possible moment in the sun, this app's poor interface, bugs, and irresponsible attitude toward its user base make it one of the worst social media downloads available.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about online anonymity. When is it good to remain anonymous on the internet? When is it best to reveal who you are? What sometimes happens with apps like Lipsi?

  • Discuss the dangers of connecting multiple social media apps. What are the privacy concerns?

  • Think about the value of anonymous feedback. Do you think anonymity makes it more honest? What are the risks?

App details

For kids who love social networking

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