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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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: December 3, 2019
- Category: Social Networking
- Topics: High School
- Size: 53.10 MB
- Publisher: Rubyspark Labs
- Version: 0.4.11
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: February 15, 2020
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