Whisper - Share, Express, Meet

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Private, often iffy, thoughts go public on anonymous app.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

The app is very easy to use. Simply type in the message you want, and it will suggest a photo. 

Violence

Some of the images the app chooses are disturbing. The app's community guidelines prohibit violent posts related to minors and posts that showcase mutilation or torture. Users can flag whispers that violate the app's terms, hide all whispers from another user, and report bullying.

Sex

Users upload countless messages filled with sexual comments and come-ons -- and the images can be very sexual as well. We didn't see any actual nude people, but there were several people wearing very little shown as well as replicas of genitalia. The app's community guidelines prohibit pornographic material; accounts that regularly upload such material may be suspended.

Language

Users can type whatever they want -- and many like to type "f--k" and other references to sexual acts.

Consumerism

Whispers sometimes refer to brand names and may also include a picture relating to that brand.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Many users post comments praising the use of drugs and alcohol (i.e., "I just wanna get high and sleep forever").

What parents need to know

Parents need to know Whisper is a social "confessional" app that allows users to post whatever's on their mind, which is then paired with an image. All too often, those whispers are sexual -- and sometimes so are users trying to meet with other users for sex. There's copious strong language and sexual images (though no actual sex is shown). The app also encourages private communications in which users can exchange images and personal information. The iOS app requires users to confirm they're at least 17 years old before they download the app. It is absolutely not an app for children.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPBVA April 28, 2018

Not for kids or teens!

This app claims to be "The Safest Place on the Internet" and that you have "Complete absence of identity." It enables users to publish short... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byilovestarbucks456 July 19, 2016

Whisper is NOT FOR KIDS.

This app is not for kids. There is a ton of sexual content and things like suicide, self-harm, and drugs. I know this because I have a friend who was caught on... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bygbooch June 22, 2016

Good for expression and advice

this app is very good for letting people weigh in on a choice or something you've been thinking about. on the other hand, this app does have some reference... Continue reading

What's it about?

Users post whatever's on their minds by typing it into a blank field. Then the app suggests what it feels is an appropriate image to accompany the thought. The confessor can opt to go with that image or upload one of his or her own. These "whispers" can be browsed by topic, by nearby location, by popularity, and by time posted.

Is it any good?

Although WHISPER is a phenomenally popular app, it's not one for kids. Themes of sexual desire and self-loathing flow uninterrupted. Some users use it to try to hook up with someone nearby, while others post "confessions," though many of these appear to be simply an attempt to become one of the entries in the "popular" field. The images are eye-catching, in part because they rely heavily on lingerie-clad models and shirtless men. And the language is raw.

Adults using the app may find the occasional thought-provoking topic, whereby someone posts a serious whisper that prompts helpful responses, such as how to deal with tricky social situations. It's easy to see how Whisper can be an addicting app, but it's best for adults only.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about "anonymous" apps and how anonymity may affect users' behavior.

  • Many whispers seem to be an attempt to get replies and likes (called "hearts"). Talk about how to evaluate whether a user might be stretching the truth to get a response.

  • The images in Whisper could lead to some uncomfortable discussions about the sexualization of everyday topics. 

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