The internet is a place where you can connect with friends, meet new people, and stay up on the latest news. We all know the internet can also have a dark side: fake news, online bullies, and anonymous trolls. So why would someone invent an app that lets the user receive anonymous comments?

Sarahah is becoming very popular with Central New York teens, and that's a concern for parents. Teens can invite anyone to leave them anonymous comments. Sometimes, the opinions are nice. Sometimes...not so much. Parents should be aware of this app, and whether or not their children or teens have downloaded it.

The app is available in the both the Android and iPhone app stores. It's being billed as a way for coworkers to send anonymous feedback to each other to "enhance your areas of strength", according to the Sarahah website. Friends can use the app to "be honest with each other". Um, aren't friends supposed to be honest with each other? Do we really need an app for that?

The app's name, Sarahah, comes from the Arabic word for "honesty".

The app is raising concerns about cyberbullying. According to StopBullying.gov, there are steps parents can take to prevent their teen from being the victim, or perpetrator of online bullying:

  • Ask for their passwords, but tell them you’ll only use them in the case of emergency.
  • Ask to “friend” or “follow” your kids on social media sites or ask another trusted adult to do so.
  • Encourage your kids to tell you immediately if they, or someone they know, is being cyberbullied. Explain that you will not take away their computers or cell phones if they confide in you about a problem they are having.

What do you think? Would you download this app? Would you let your teen?


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