LMK: Anonymous Polls

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Anonymous Snapchat polls invite compliments -- and trouble.

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Educational Value

Not created for educational purposes.

Ease of Play

Very intuitive for social media generation.

Violence
Sex

No explicit content but many questions are very flirtatious in nature -- "Would you date me?"

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that LMK - Anonymous Polls is a companion to Snapchat that allows users to post polls that followers can answer anonymously. The questions are all ready-made and while they contain no explicit language or sexual imagery, the majority revolve around crushes and dating, including "Me and _ would make a good couple," and "What would you do if I told you I like you?" Other more open-ended questions like "Say anything," or "Never have I ever" open up the opportunity for suggestive responses. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Adult Written byTkn0821 April 10, 2020

Scary

My 14 year old son just found some awful things on this app and quickly deleted it, and informed me as my daughter had it too. My daughter is 12, she thought it... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Creating an account for LMK: ANONYMOUS POLLS requires linking to a Snapchat account, sharing a name, phone number (or logging in with Snapchat), and optionally sharing gender. Users can display their Bitmoji avatar or their Snapchat name. From there, choose poll questions -- like "Would you date me? Abolutely, maybe, or no" or comparisons using two images for answers -- like "Are you my lover or friend?" with images of Taylor Swift's Lover album and Woody and Buzz from Toy Story. There's also the option for private polls shared with your school, a feature unlocked once at least eight people from the school register.

Is it any good?

Anonymous polls could be compared to the Truth or Dare of previous generations, but anonymity on social media can easily lead teens down a slippery slope of poor choices. Teens will be drawn to the excitement of responding anonymously, and conversely, learning that someone might have a crush on them. Hiding behind anonymity can also bring out hatefulness and sexually-explicit risk taking. Also, teens often add people as friends on Snapchat despite not knowing them well, so they could be receiving anonymous feedback from aquintances or strangers. In conjunction with the troubles that plague Snapchat already, parents and teens should tread cautiously with LMK.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss how social media, and more specifically, polling apps like LMK - Anonymous Polls could lead to hurt feelings, or even worse -- depression. Is it worth it? Read Does Social Media Cause Depression to open the conversation.

  • Make sure kids understand that people respond to polls and questions in different ways -- sometimes seriously, sometimes jokingly, and sometimes downright cruelly.

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