Ogle - Campus Feed

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Anonymous app aimed at vulnerable audience justifies fears.

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A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Doesn't provide a lot of early guidance, but once you're in a school's feed, it does explain things a bit better. Accessing comments a bit glitchy.

Violence

Though app doesn't generate violent content, users can post images of violence.

Sex

Though app doesn't generate sexual content, users can post sexy images. While we didn't see any specific nude pictures in our time with the app, there's an overwhelming demand from users for those types of images on a constant basis. 

Language

Though app doesn't generate profanity, users can and do post any and all curse words. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Though app doesn't generate content with drugs and alcohol, users post references to drinking alcohol or smoking marijuana, and images of people doing so can appear. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ogle - Campus Feed is an anonymous, location-based social-networking app made specifically for high school and college students, similar to Yik Yak and Yeti - Campus Stories. However, the developers themselves say it shouldn't be downloaded by anyone under the age of 17 -- and that should be a big red flag. While we didn't encounter nudity or pictures or video of people drinking, smoking, or using drugs, users regularly request nude photos of female users, post pictures of peers taken secretly, discuss their opinions of classmates (in very harsh terms), and sling obscene language and homophobic slurs almost constantly. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Once you let OGLE - CAMPUS FEED identify your location, it will let you choose from nearby colleges and high schools. You can then look at posts from users at that school or peek at posts from other schools, including a dizzying array of high schools around the country. Students (or others) can anonymously post text, images, or short videos for other users to see and comment on. Though the app is still fairly new, it has an active community of users: There are frequent questions asking for opinions about other students, which very often descends into harassment. Beyond commenting, users can like or dislike a photo and tap a button to report inappropriate content. 

Is it any good?

Put simply, this anonymous app features every parent's fears about social media. Though anonymity doesn't necessarily mean bad behavior, it certainly does in this case: Many posts are about fellow students, and the replies are overwhelmingly mean, disparaging, homophobic, or sexist. Girls who post a picture (or anyone who posts a girl's picture, for that matter) are immediately asked for nude photos. Already, teens have used the app to make threats, and people are clamoring for it to be taken out of the app stores. Though there are users who try to post positive messages or combat the overwhelming negativity, they are immediately ridiculed and shouted down in the comments. Because the terms of service and website don't have any clear instructions about what people shouldn't post or about how to report bullying, there's no recourse for victims: Users can tap a button if they object to a post, but it doesn't mean it'll get taken down. Ultimately, this app gives a voice to the lowest common denominator within school communities and can only cause tears and trouble.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the problem of cyberbullying and the real impact it has on people. How can you stay safe online? What can you do to be an upstander if you witness bullying?

  • Discuss how everything you put online is permanent and can come back to haunt you, and talk about the perks and pitfalls of social media.

App details

For kids who love social networking and safe chatting

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