A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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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?
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