Whisper - Share, Express, Meet



Private, often iffy, thoughts go public on anonymous app.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

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


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.


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.


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


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").

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.

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.

Families can talk 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. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date:January 28, 2014
Category:Social Networking
Size:14.20 MB
Publisher:WhisperText LLC
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up

This review of Whisper - Share, Express, Meet was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

  • No text-overage worries, but teens are constantly connected.
  • Powerful social tool, but use privacy settings.
  • Fascinating social network focuses on 150 closest friends.

For kids who love to learn with apps

Top advice and articles

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Star Wars Guide