Sarahah

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Anonymous feedback tool largely nonfunctional.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 18 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 both a website and a free social media app popular with teens that lets them send anonymous messages to other users. whether they know them or not. The app was removed from the Google Play and iTunes stores due to reports of bullying and glitches within the app. However, the app has been reinstated on Google Play, though iTunes still appears hesitant to do so. Sarahah is rated Teen, but terms of use state 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. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bykris n. January 9, 2018

it IS used for cyber bullying

best example is at my child's school where school bullies are being cyber bullied through this site. Sexual derogatory comments are made and exposes child... Continue reading
Adult Written byMiffedmum123 November 5, 2018

Only one reason to have

This is purely a way to cyber bully, why else do you need to be anonymous? My child doesn't have the app but this doesn't stop her friend from showing... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 10, 2018

App full of cyber-bullying

This is an app full of cyber-bullying. You can say whatever you want since your identity is anonymous, and there's a lot of swearing along with the cyber-b... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byFoxie Da Fox March 11, 2018

What's it about?

SARAHAH is an anonymous feedback app (associated with the popular website of the same name) originally designed for use in the corporate workspace so  employees could give anonymous feedback regarding their employers. The app lets you create a profile and receive anonymous feedback or answers to questions you pose, or search for people via username and send anonymous comments to them. It also lets you send anonymous messages to strangers. Privacy settings allow you to opt out of searches, tailor ads to your preferences, and choose to receive messages from Anybody, Logged-In Users, or No One at all.

Is it any good?

This app has a turbulent history, and unfortunately it's still an anonymous commenting tool that makes it all too easy to be cruel. The app's screens are still barren and unattractive, and its interface still minimal. One potential improvement is that Sarahah has removed the app's parasitical connection to Snapchat, and the app functions now as a stand alone. That is, when it functions. Despite it's new packaging, Sarahah still has lots of issues. Email links open the app but nothing loads; messages sent are never received; crashes happen randomly; the user search appears not to work at all. Online research reveals users reporting problems with login and zero customer service response. It also suggests users are mostly accessing the service through Sarahah.com, thus skipping this terrible app completely. In its first incarnation, Sarahah became a way for teens to say all the mean things they'd never say to a friend's face. Now, it's become a mostly broken app that's a clear waste of a download.

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

  • Device: Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: March 20, 2019
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 12.00 MB
  • Publisher: Sarahah
  • Version: 3.0.12
  • Minimum software requirements: Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: March 03, 2020

For kids who love social networking and kindness

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