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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Positive take on anonymous apps encourages kind words.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to speak positively, even anonymously, through social media. Outpour includes positive notes encouraging teens to post something nice to a friend. Though there is the possibility for misuse, teens are encouraged to use the app positively (as intended) with prompts such as "One minute of writing can change the course of someone's day!" and "People should know they are loved. Will you tell someone today?" With Outpour, kids are encouraged to express themselves while building up others.

Ease of Play

Sending and receiving anonymous messages is easy with the familiar social media "wall" format, and deleting messages is easy, too.


Posts are not moderated and could contain sexual references.


Posts are not moderated and could contain objectionable language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Outpour is designed as a tool to share positive comments anonymously. Although the intentions may be positive, with expectations of anonymous compliments that sweet shy teens might not feel comfortable sharing face to face, the possibility for anonymous bullying or harassment also is a very real possibility. It's safe enough for teens to have it installed on their phones, since they can control what appears on their walls, deleting objectionable posts and reporting abusers. Parents need to know that once the app is installed, though, kids can anonymously text any contact in their phones, even people who are not using Outpour. 

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What's it about?

To create an account, kids come up with a username and enter a phone number. They then chose to have their phone contacts used as their friends list in OUTPOUR and begin spreading positive messages, getting lots of inspiration urging them to send kind words. Teens can post their messages to their friends or send them as anonymous text messages to their contacts who are not using Outpour​. Although the posts are anonymous, they are not private. Others can see their posts, comment on them, or like them, but the user can delete any posts or comments.

Is it any good?

It's clear that Outpour has good intentions to spread kindness. Teens will find lots of encouragement to be kind with motivational posts such as "People should know they are loved. Will you tell someone today?" or "Your kind words can make someone feel wonderful right now." The ability for teens to delete what appears on their wall is great, too, and there are no images to worry about, all giving Outpour a safety edge over other social media apps. Still, although anonymity might give teens the courage to pay a compliment, it also could give them a tool to bully or harass. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can about the consequences of sexting, which is a potential issue with an anonymous app. Read our article "Talking About Sexting" for ideas to discuss.

  • Talk to kids about the power of words -- both positive and negative -- and how sharing kind words can brighten someone's day but how meanness can have even more lasting implications.

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