Bathroom Wall

Website review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Mean-spirited Facebook app encourages bad behavior.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 14 reviews

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Positive Messages

Ugly gossip, graphic sex talk, and outright putdowns -- "I hate Courtney" -- rule the day. Not every post is nasty; a few kids step up to defend peers being dragged through the mud. But positive interactions are the exception. 

Violence

Nothing overt, although the nature of the community fosters some shocking posts, such as one that suggests a female virgin could solve her problem with a pair of scissors.

Sex

Sex references are rampant, with some teens posting short stories whose plots revolve around budding sexual relationships, some with teachers.

Language

S--t, bitch, f--k and worse. Kids easily trick the profanity filter by inserting a period into the offending word. In the Bathroom Wall chatroom, some of the handles users give themselves could be the names of porn stars.

Consumerism

Most pages have text ads for products ranging from vacation destinations to face cream. The Wall itself sports obnoxious IQ test ads that masquerade as email notifications. When clicked some say, "One of your buddies thinks you're stupid."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this aptly named application lets users anonymously post "secrets" on a "wall" on Facebook. This site attracts the same raunchy comments found scrawled on real stalls, with the potential for embarrassment limited only by the reach of the Internet.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycomelygirls March 6, 2012

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Families can talk about all the reasons this Facebook tool should be avoided. Its chief aim -- to promote gossip -- is the least of it. hair straightening The t... Continue reading
Adult Written byghd rettetang December 6, 2011
Teen, 13 years old Written byjbarrozo April 5, 2012

sounds bad.

i never seen it , but most said it just said mean stuff about others.
Teen, 13 years old Written bysdawnarian August 17, 2011

disgusting

this is bad bad bad bad bad so many mean things are said there talk about having sex with others descriptive nudity language is a big problem don't let you... Continue reading

What's it about?

BATHROOM WALL FOR FACEBOOK is the brainchild of Kudos Media, the same company behind Rate Me (a.k.a. Hot or Not), where players rate each other's photos on a scale of one to ten. Like the name suggests, Bathroom Wall is a public space where people can post anything they want. According to Kudos, it's the most popular anonymous Facebook app, with almost 150,000 users. Bathroom Wall installs with a couple of clicks and appears as a link on the user's profile. To ensure anonymity, new members are encouraged to invite at least 10 Facebook friends to join. Those friends in turn must invite 10 friends of their own and so on. Posted "secrets" quickly turn into ugly exchanges. The app's chatroom is friendlier but even raunchier in content.

Is it any good?

One shudders to imagine what Bathroom Wall was like before Facebook threatened to close it down for hate talk. It could be argued that the content is the fault of the users, but most of the blame must lie with the app's adult creator. Is it any wonder most kids use this intentionally trashy tool to belittle rather than befriend? Shame on Lee Kuo for capitalizing on adolescent insecurities while hiding behind his own anonymous Facebook profile. What's next? An application called Locker Room?

Online interaction: Kids learn they can badmouth friends with apparent impunity. A few use Bathroom Wall for other purposes, such as role playing or posting short fiction, but the latter are mostly sex stories.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about all the reasons this Facebook tool should be avoided. Its chief aim -- to promote gossip -- is the least of it. The twisted kicker: users are forced to invite the very Facebook “friends” who will humiliate them. As unsavory as this app is, it’s a good springboard for discussing friendship. What are the differences between real pals and pretenders? How does the Internet blur the line even further? Kids need to be reminded that what goes around comes around; just as in real life, the digital backstabbers are likely to be exposed eventually. The big difference is that unlike in real life, where walls can be painted over, Bathroom Wall preserves ugly sentiments in a digital footprint that can haunt the owner for years to come. Read our Social Network Tips for more guidance.

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