Sarahah app - how to make sure your child is being safe

Posted by / Monday 02 October 2017 / Online Parenting Tips Safety
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Just as you thought you had finally understood Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat there's another app that you should know about and talk to your child about.

We've summarised what the app is and how to make sure your child is using it safely.

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What is Sarahah?

Sarahah is a free social media app that lets you receive comments from friends and strangers anonymously.

You can also comment on friends’ and strangers’ profiles without them knowing it's you.

It can be connected to Snapchat and as a result is becoming increasingly popular with young people.

Note: it is not recommended for people under the age of 17. However, there isn't actually an age restriction, so in theory anyone can use it. This is why it's essential for you to discuss with your child whether they should be using it or not.

Talking to your child about anonymous apps

Because it's anonymous and you're able to receive messages from strangers, there are significant risks for young people, who may be bullied or receive inappropriate content.

If your child wants to use Sarahah, or is already using it, talk to them about why.

Talk to them about the problems that can arise from using anonymous apps, especially about how some people might use it to send unpleasant or inappropriate messages.

Come up with ways for them to handle online insults and cyberbullying. This video from common sense media is really helpful for this.

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Keeping your child safe when using Sarahah

If your child is persistent about wanting to use the app, you should speak to them about the potential dangers and how to use it safely.

As with all social media, it's best for your child to have a private profile. When they register, they will have created a username and added a profile photo. Make sure that they opt out of having their name and profile picture appear in the app search.

They should also opt out of receiving messages from unregistered users.

Sarahah allows you to share your profile via a link but this should only be done in private spaces like WhatsApp, email, or private social media accounts. This way, your child will know who they are inviting to comment.

Having regular and open conversations with your children about their social media use and the do's and don't's is great for making sure they're keeping safe online. Check out Safer Internet Day's tips and advice for parents and carers for some tips and guidance.