In Arabic, Sarahah means “honesty” or “frankness”. This new app was originally designed as a way for co-workers to give anonymous feedback on each other. As it’s origin if from the middle east where personal confrontation is not socially acceptable.
This is another app where the anonymity of users makes the app conducive to cyber-bullying and is attractive to online predators.
According to Protect Young Minds, “Sarahah skyrocketed in popularity due to an new SnapChat feature that allows users to share links within their snaps. Once SnapChat users started linking to Sarahah, it went from #1500 on the iTunes charts to #1 in just 12 days.”
Foreverymom.com has some great insight to what parents needs to know about this new app taking the young by storm.
“Here’s what parents need to know about Sarahah:
- It’s anonymous. Anonymity within apps breeds bullying and predatory behavior. Anonymity is a great ENABLER for those who seek to do wrong and for immature teens who don’t have good impulse control. Out kids don’t need another tool to HELP them be irresponsible and impulsive.
- It’s foreign-owned. That makes it very difficult for law enforcement to find and prosecute those responsible if the app is used for illegal behavior like grooming potential victims or masquerading as a teen in order to get someone to meet you in real life. Other apps like Ask.fm and Kik are foreign-owned and this has proved to be a HUGE challenge for law enforcement.
- You can block access. Protect Young Minds says: “The #1 way for parents to control an app like Sarahah is to prevent access to the iTunes App store and Google Play (using Covenant Eyes).” DO IT, moms and dads!!
If you are a parent, you need to take time to UNDERSTAND social media and DISCUSS it with your kids! You can decide what apps they can and can’t have, and you can also talk to them about not using them on their friends’ phones. Explore their peers Instagram accounts and talk about what is good and what is harmful there. Yes, there are some decisions you CAN and SHOULD make for them, but also equip them with everything they need to make good decisions about social media when you aren’t around.”