We would like to make you aware of a new app and website called ‘Sarahah’.
What is Sarahah?
- An app and website that allows users to send and receive anonymous messages.
- Users cannot respond to messages but they can “favourite” messages.
- By default, anyone can leave a message on a profile even if they don’t have an account.
- Now in the top 20 free apps meaning more people are downloading the app
Why are we posting about this?
- The Sarahah app has become popular amongst teens and we’re aware that some of our students are already actively using it.
- The app promotes anonymity – making teens feel like they can hide behind their anonymous screen names and bully others without repercussions.
- Sarahah is predominantly used to bully other users.
- There is no filter for explicit content.
- There is no way to report inappropriate content or threats.
What can parents do?
- We would advise parents to discuss the dangers of anonymous apps and have their child delete their Sarahah account (if they use Sarahah).
- Students can link their Sarahah account with their Snapchat account, we advise your child not to do this.
- Ensure your child knows what is appropriate to send in private and public messages, whether they are anonymous or not
- If your child has a desire to use apps like Sarahah, please challenge them to give positive and constructive feedback offline instead.
A full video guide covering all aspects of Sarahah can be found below:
As a school we do cover many aspects of anonymity, appropriate online behaviour and social networks in our regular e-safety assemblies and lessons.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding e-safety please do check out our dedicated e-safety section where you can find guidance on many different websites/apps.