Parents' Guide to

Ogle - Campus Feed

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Anonymous app aimed at vulnerable audience justifies fears.

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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.

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