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By Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Anonymous Q&A interesting concept, but just doesn't work.

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age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Scam & Fraudulent Company

Someone has made a fraudulent account with my email address.. I have been in contact with this company to try and get it sorted as its very frustrating that someone has been allowed to make an account with my email. The reset password links don't work as I have tried this. Instead, the person who manages your facebook has been asking for my personal email and personal private facebook passwords in order to gain access to the fraudulent account and shut it down. The only issue is that my personal facebook is not linked with the account they have used. It's a shame that this company think it is okay to let people use other people's emails to create accounts and will not do anything about it. Asking for peoples private passwords that are not linked to them in any way is just wrong. Stay away people.. An if your child is creating an account, please make sure they are using their own email. I am fed up of getting random questions like "Wow, i saw you in school today"... I'm 22 i don't go to school. Please do something to shut this account down.
age 18+

Vehicle for sexual grooming

My child signed up for this site because all of her friends had. It was a passing phase and when I found out about it we discussed that giving people a way to send nasty messages anonymously wasn’t a good idea. She forgot about it and hasn’t used it but has recently started to receive unsolicited emails from strangers through qoohme containing inappropriate sexual messages (latest one was “Who want to see my nudes?" ). My child has never seen a message like this before and I am in the process of emailing with the company to close her account and remove her email address and mine from their database but I haven’t succeeded yet. So, warning to all, this is not a safe site and is much worse than I had originally imagined (potential random mean messages / bullying).

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This user-based website/community was conceived by a young man in South Africa who probably had good intentions -- the next Facebook, perhaps? Give kids a space to ask each other questions anonymously, and good things will follow. But first of all, the site design is anything but anonymous: It asks you to find friends by posting your Qlink (like a Twitter handle) to other social media sites and displays your full name and location unless you actively change it. Despite innocent questions such as "What animal would you be?" and "Do you like Nutella?", some kids are answering questions such as "Where do you live?" and "What school do you go to?" Bottom line: Every single post includes user information by default with only the option to ask anonymously. Forget privacy; finding anyone to chat with is really hard. An extremely broad search for users ("John, California") brought up about 16 users total and hardly any current activity. Registration claims you will get a chance to find people you like, but the only information to go on is a name, possibly a location and profile photo, and, really, responses to questions. Finding threads isn't that hard with a mix of nasty and nice, but answers to the ever-popular "Who do you like?" show pretty clearly that most of these kids actually already know each other or at least go to the same school.

In concept is interesting, but to succeed users would need to be actually anonymous (no Qlink or other social media links!) and maybe even matched up randomly rather than self-selected. A personality profile and a menu of questions might help guide the conversation in a positive way. The question of the day apparently from the site itself shows the need to make a better effort at shaping a positive spin: "If you could delete one thing from this earth, what could it be?" got a response of "my ex." Most of the negative questions and answers seem to stem from the combination of kids already knowing each other at least vaguely and being given the illusion of potential anonymity. Thankfully, it's possible to lock your inbox and disable your account, which a great deal of original users have likely already done -- if not because of hateful trash-talking and prying personal questions, then for the lack of actual functionality. With polish and attention, could become a useful site, but right now, it's privacy and blatant content flaws ruin the user experience.

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