In the social media world, Sarahah is the hottest app out there right now. It allows users to anonymously send messages to each other, urging them to be constructive. However, as with most things on the Internet, it has taken a dark turn. The app is now being used as an outlet for cyberbullying and your child could be affected. Although you can’t read someones text messages without installing software on their phone, you can install a cell phone spy software to see if your child has been a target for cyberbullying with this app. Talking about Sarahah can also be an important and necessary lesson regarding online safety.
What You Need to Know
Sarahah was originally created by a Saudi Arabian developer and was intended for employees to give honest feedback, free of discrimination. While it did fulfill its purpose at first, this app is quickly becoming popular among kids and teens. And unfortunately, that means they have not used the best discretion. Multiple reports have come in of cyberbullying attacks, harassment, and more over this app. More often than not, giving our children access to anonymity easily creates the potential for bullying.
What You Should Do
First, you should speak with your child about Sarahah and ask if they have the app downloaded on their smartphone. If they do, you can inquire as to what type of messages they’ve received. They may have been cyberbullied, or know a friend who has been. It’s important to understand, though, that your child may not immediately come to you if they are faced with cyberbullying. You may wish there was a way to read someones text messages without installing software on their phone. Fortunately, there are apps you can download that only require a few minutes to download and install while the phone is in your possession. From there, you can see what sort of messages your child has received on Sarahah.
You can then move on to talking about general Internet safety. If your child has not downloaded Sarahah, you can explain that their peers may use it to write mean comments about them online. It’s best not to go down that road to begin with. In addition, you can stress how important it is to refrain from sharing personal information online and to not befriend strangers.
As a fellow parent, I’m sure you have many questions about how your kids can stay safe online. Please take a look at my previous blog post to learn more.