Sarahah

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Anonymous evaluation tool is ready-made for cyberbulling.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Limited features make it easy to use.

Violence

Free-for-all anonymous comments means violence could enter the conversation.

Sex

Anonymous messaging could encourage sexual content and/or harassment.

Language

Language varies with the user.

Consumerism

An add-on for Snapchat. No in-app purchases.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drugs and alcohol could appear, depending on the user.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sarahah -- an Arabic word that means, roughly, "honesty" -- is a free social media app popular with teens that enables them to link the app to their Snapchat account (or post a link on other social media sites) and send anonymous messages to other users. It allows you to gather comments from other users, take screenshots of the comments, and share them on Snapchat. It also allows you to send anonymous and totally unmoderated comments to any other user, whether you know them or not. Many users report abusive comments and glitches with the app itself. The app store says Sarahah is rated Teen, but also says users must be over 17 to use it. Note that there are privacy settings, so a teen's account doesn't need to appear in search or receive messages from unregistered users. However, if you download the app and consent, the app will collect your full contact list which the developers can sell. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

Adult Written byManoj D. August 20, 2017

Beware of this app after Killer "Blue Whale"

Using this app sender can send text message to anyone, without revealing his/her identity, this feature can be used for cyber-bullying, mental harassment, black... Continue reading
Adult Written byGrace M. September 11, 2017

Sarahhah

It is useless its hurtful to get mean comments from people that u dont know who sent it.
Teen, 14 years old Written bywolverinea3 August 18, 2017

Limited features compared to other apps, definitely for adults only

From what i've seen with this app so far, i don't suggest anyone get this app. I only heard about this app because it was "trendy" and soon... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byd_a September 7, 2017

Stay away from this effortlessly easy platform for cyberbulling

"Leave a constructive message :)" is the first thing you will notice on this app's badly designed interface. Sarahah is opening the doors to ver... Continue reading

What's it about?

SARAHAH is an anonymous feedback app originally designed for use in the corporate workspace so that employees could give anonymous criticism to their employers. However, teens use it to essentially pass anonymous digital notes to each other. The app lets you create a profile and works as an add-on to the popular social networking app Snapchat. Drawing upon the contact list on your phone, it lets you connect with friends and send anonymous comments to them. It also lets you search for users and send anonymous messages to them, as well, even if you don't know them. In the privacy settings, teens can choose to not be found in a search or get feedback from unregistered users. 

Is it any good?

As you can imagine, this anonymous commenting tool makes it all too easy to be cruel. There's not much to Sarahah; its barren screens aren't attractive, and its interface is near nonexistent. The app works by attaching itself like a digital parasite to Snapchat, enabling teens to use screenshots of negative comments to garner consolation from friends (friends who might be the anonymous authors of those negative comments!) or to humblebrag about how cool they are. Sure, perhaps some teens use it to send anonymous messages with their schoolyard crushes, but more often it's used to say all the mean things teens would never say to a friend's face. App store reviews confirm this, as users recount stories of anonymous death threats and sexual harassment. So, like so many anonymous apps before it, this is another one to avoid.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how online anonymity used in apps like Sarahah contributes to cyberbullying. Do you think people could be as mean to someone's face? How does the screen make it easier?

  • Talk with your teens about choosing apps wisely. How can they stay safe and away from drama and still be a part of what their friends are doing? Where do they draw the line?

  • Discuss how your kid can handle online abuse of themselves or someone else. How can they avoid it, and what can they do when it happens?

App details

For kids who love social networking and kindness

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