A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
SAYAT.ME is a social networking app (related to a website of the same name) that lets users exchange anonymous feedback. Originally created for use in a corporate environment, it's intended to help individuals improve their professional and interpersonal skills and "build their brand." Upon registering, users choose two to five hashtags to describe themselves, and the app suggests other users with similar hashtags. Users can solicit criticism by posing questions for friends and colleagues to answer, or wait for it to arrive organically. They can also choose whether to submit feedback anonymously or with their username attached, and can respond (publicly or privately) to received feedback. Note: Though feedback can come in the form of text or imagery and isn't strictly monitored, it's possible to block or report users who send bullying or obscene content.
Is it any good?
Like seemingly all other anonymous feedback apps, this one's tailor-made for bullying. Back in 2017, the media blamed the app for a UK teen's suicide, and despite algorithms and profanity-blocking, the app's inherent risk is the anonymity itself.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about anonymous apps like Sayat.me. What are the risks that come with anonymous communication? Why do you think so many people want to use apps like this, despite those risks?
Think about giving and receiving criticism. Is there ever a time you should criticize someone anonymously? When might it be useful?
Discuss the damage words can do. What can you do to help make sure that kind of damage doesn't happen?
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