A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
TBH is a simple social networking app that lets you answer fun, whimsical questions about your friends and collect gems (trophies) every time your friends select your name in answer to a question. Once you give access to your phone's contact list and location, you can select the high school or college you attend. Since there's no age verification, adults can join or kids can say they attend a school they don't. Ultimately, the app draws from your phone's contact list first and then offers other app users from the school second. You can invite friends, and then play a 10-question game where you decide which friend of four is most likely to live in a tent, eat a live bug, become the next president, etc. If you don't like the names offered as choices, you can shuffle to get different friends' names. Once the 10 questions are done, you wait through an hour-long timer before playing again; inviting a friend to join grants you another round. Players can submit their own poll question ideas and designate custom emojis to go with them, but the developer screens these questions to make sure content is appropriate. If chosen, a user can reply to the anonymous person who chose them in a direct message.
Is it any good?
Instead of open-ended, anonymous comments, this app scripts fun feedback, but privacy concerns, a future chat function, and the possibility of off-road, meaner use are still concerns. In terms of functionality, the only weird thing about tbh is its contact search and friend finder. It can choose contacts you haven't talked to in years and fail to find the ones you actually care about, and the pull-down function to actually make a connection after selecting someone is confusing. As for appearance, the app couldn't be simpler: Questions appear on different colored screens -- questions designed to make people laugh or call out friends' interesting quirks.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how social media can be used to spread positive, rather than negative, energy. How does an app like tbh fit into this equation?
Discuss anonymity within social networking. Does hiding your identity encourage good or bad behavior?
Think about how social networking can be used to encourage and help other people.
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