March 2018 Update: due to a viral petition circulated by the mother of a young girl who received death threats through the Sarahah app, it has been removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android. Wow! Way to go, mom! If you already have the app downloaded, you can still use it. But, it’s anonymity caught up to it.
Description: At the time of this post, the Sarahah app (link to manufacturer’s site) is the #1 most popular app in the Apple iTunes app store, beating Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. It was created in the Middle East as a way for co-workers to anonymously share feedback about each other, in a region where face-to-face confrontation is not socially acceptable. The name means “honesty” or “frankness” in Arabic and was created by Saudi Arabian developer Zain al-Abidin Tawqif.
A recent update to Snapchat, whereby users can post links to websites within Snaps caused the app’s popularity to skyrocket overnight (12 days after the Snapchat update on July 5, the app went from ranked #1500 to #1 – we’ve never seen anything link this).
Category: Social Networking
APP Store rating: 4+ (meaning, Apple thinks it’s completely risk-free)
Here’s how the interaction between Snapchat and Sarahah works:
Anything anonymous is not meant for kids. Tweens and teens don’t need any help being impulsive. Removing the risk of consequence from decision-making creates massive red flags. This app is not meant for kids and should be avoided at all costs. Again, the #1 way to avoid exposure to negative apps is to turn off the app store in Apple’s restrictions. It’s that easy! Oh, and for updates like this delivered right to your e-mail inbox, just text the word “protect” (no quotes) to 66866.