Whatsgoodly

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Racy, anonymous polling meant for colleges, not for kids.

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

Ease of Play

Sleek interface is easy to navigate. Polls, responses, and comments require only a few taps.

Violence

Posts could mention violence.

Sex

Polls and comments frequently contain sexual innuendo, references to anatomy, and descriptions of sexual activity.

Language

Many posts include objectionable language, including hateful terms and a full range of offensive words.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Posts about illegal activity are prohibited, but some could still reference drinking, drugs, and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Whatsgoodly is an anonymous polling app intended for use by college students. The app uses location data to find nearby colleges and connect users to polls from that school, or teens can use a university email address to request access. Even without a nearby college or university email address, kids can view polls and comments, create their own, and participate in polls locally or globally. The terms of service specify that users must be at least 18 or have reviewed the terms of service with a parent or guardian if they're under 18. Since the questions and comments in the polls include language and situations that are more suited to college students, this one's not for younger teens.

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What's it about?

WHATSGOODLY uses location data to match users with polls created in their area or with nearby colleges. Teens read, respond to, and comment on polls geared either to all users, males only, or females only. They can view local polls based on their location, global polls curated by moderators, or school polls that require access after validating a college email address. Users comment on the polls, too, and can view their personal histories of favorite polls, created polls, and comments they've left. To create a poll, they simply hit the compose button and draft a question as well as answer choices.

Is it any good?

Because of its use of geolocation, anonymity, focus on college students, and iffy content, Whatsgoodly is best left to older teens. Polls range from thought-provoking ("Would you rather live a long, average life; a short remarkable life; or never die but nobody knows you?") to frivolous ("Best drunk eating? Taco Bell, pizza, leftover Chipotle, or hamburger") with plenty of raunch mixed in. Users can report inappropriate content with a tap, but there's no way to hide or restrict the content. And then there are the comments, which can turn even thoughtful questions into R-rated commentary.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the polls, since some of the questions are quite thought-provoking. Engage teens in some dinner or drive-time conversation taking turns asking and answering questions.

  • Talk to teens about smart social media habits and being aware of cyberbullying. Check out our Digital Compass curriculum for young teens.

App details

For kids who love social networking

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