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YOLO: Anonymous Questions

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Add-on app uses Snapchat to ask for anonymous feedback.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Created for entertainment purposes only. Not intended for educational use.

Ease of Play

Near-nonexistent interface makes understanding usage with Snapchat confusing. 

Violence

No violence in the app itself, but user-generated questions and content could contain references to or images of violence. 

Sex

No sex in the app itself, but user-generated questions and content could contain sexual references, nudity, or suggestive images.

Language

No profanity in the app itself, but user-generated questions and content could contain bad language. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No substance use in the app itself, but user-generated questions and content could contain references to or images of drinking, smoking, and drugs. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that YOLO – Anonymous Questions is a free social networking app that works in conjunction with popular app Snapchat. Built with Snapchat's free online tool Snap Kit, Yolo lets users receive and respond to anonymous questions from their Snapchat friends and keeps a record of both questions and responses. (Interesting to note: In spite of YOLO's success, Snapchat developer Snap Inc. has already issued a statement that YOLO is in no way affiliated with Snapchat). The terms of use state that users must be 13 or older, but the potential for suggestive or bullying content makes the app inappropriate for kids younger than 16. Beyond a warning that neither “objectionable content” nor abusiveness will be tolerated, and simple block and report tools, the app has no safety measures built in. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJulian W. May 14, 2019
Teen, 13 years old Written bysmzelnick_ May 15, 2019

Great Social App

as this app is not a game but a fun thing to do with your friends through snapchat, it has been on everyone's snapchat story's in the past week or so... Continue reading

What's it about?

YOLO – ANONYMOUS QUESTIONS is built as an add-on to Snapchat -- and in fact, can't work without Snapchat). Users must already have Snapchat on their devices, and then users can link the two. Once the apps are linked, users tap a button that says “send me anonymous questions.” This opens Snapchat, where users can post the request to their Snapchat story or send to a group of friends – with or without photos. When subscribers respond to these requests, their questions are tracked within Yolo: Anonymous Questions, and recipients can decide whether to respond to them publicly or privately.

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 non-functional without Snapchat, and upon downloading and opening it, all you'll see on your phone is a blank screen with a single button on it that opens Snapchat. 

Aside from giving you a pre-made “send me anonymous questions” sign and tracking the responses, Yolo: Anonymous Questions doesn't do a heck of a lot. Anonymity appears to be the only change it offers when it comes to Snapchat's existing communication, which begs the question: How often is anonymity used for good, especially among kids? Clearly, the app's potential to facilitate mean, hurtful behavior is high. The only alteration it makes to the anonymous feedback trend is letting recipients view messages privately and choose whether to make their responses public. The app relies heavily on Snapchat's built in filters and settings; the only security within the app itself is the ability to block users, and it's uncertain how effective that alone is in stopping online harassment. All told, and despite its sudden school yard popularity, Yolo: Anonymous Questions is a more or less featureless app that doesn't add anything meaningful to Snapchat and is more likely to add stress than substance to your kid's online life.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about anonymous online interactions in apps like YOLO: Anonymous Questions. 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?

App details

For kids who love social networking

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