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What's it about?
YOLO: ANONYMOUS Q&A is built as an add-on to Snapchat -- and, in fact, can't work without Snapchat. Users must already have Snapchat on their device, and then users can link the two. The private and group chat feature requires the Bitmoji app be linked as well. Once the apps are linked, users can choose from a series of pre-generated questions to ask their friends via Snapchat. Tap on the dice icon to scroll through options. Users can customize their question stickers by changing the font or background color. On Snapchat, users can post the question sticker to their story or can send it directly to specific friends. Subscribers responses are anonymous and recipients have the option of responding.
Is it any good?
There's so little to this app, it's not really an individual product, and it rests on the familiar, problematic premise: anonymous feedback. It's entirely nonfunctional without Snapchat or Bitmoji. Aside from giving users pre-generated questions to post via Snapchat and a platform for private and group chat, YOLO: Anonymous Q&A doesn't do much. There are options to personalize by playing with font and color, but other than that the experience is pretty generic. Although some of the pre-generated questions are harmless, others are provocative and have the potential of opening a Pandora's box of sexual, suggestive, and mature content. Anonymity is at the center of this app and begs the question: How often is anonymity used for good, especially among kids? The app has the potential of facilitating sexy, mean, or hurtful exchanges amongst kids. There are no security measures other than the ability to report of block users and it's uncertain how effective those are at stopping online harassment. Overall, YOLO: Anonymous Q&A lacks substance and doesn't add anything meaningful to Snapchat. It does however, pose significant red flags that could have a negative impact on kid's online experience.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about anonymous online interactions in apps like YOLO: Q&A. What are the risks of anonymous communication? When might anonymity be appropriate?
Think about the consequences of asking friends (and strangers) for personal feedback. Are you prepared to handle negative questions and comments?
Discuss what counts as an appropriate online question or response. What kinds of questions are unkind or too personal to ask? What responses might be meant well but make a person uncomfortable?
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