On the 8th of May YOLO app became the #1 app in Apple Store.
Similar to the Sarahah app, YOLO app allows kids to ask and answer questions anonymously.
The YOLO app is linked to a user’s Snapchat account, allowing them to get answers from their friends and strangers.
When your child signs up to YOLO using their Snapchat account they allow themselves to be targeted by strangers on the platform (also bullying and threats from people they don’t know).
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Apps like YOLO can facilitate bullying. For instance, Sarahah an app that got removed from IOS and Android last year because of enabling bullying.
Annonymous messaging app can be a source of sending hate messages and insensitive replies to users.
Popshow the developers of YOLO did not know the app would be a success. In an interview with TechCrunch they stated that :
“It was not supposed to be a success. It was just for us to learn” Henrion tells me in his first interview about his startup. “Let’s just put it on the App Store and see how people behave. It went 100% viral. It’s crazy. Even we didn’t believe our eyes when we saw that [it went to #1].”
The developers may not have thought about the consequences of anonymous messaging apps like this on teens. Hence, we will have to see how this app is being used by that age group.
They will need to work hard to weed out bullying and hateful messages from the app to keep it safe for kids.
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Before signing up to the app, users will be given a prompted message that states that the app has “no tolerance for objectionable content or abusive users.”
The questions remain if users will abide by the app rule. This is something we have to wait and see.
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It is too soon to tell how kids will be using YOLO. Its founders have stated how they want to keep this app safe for its users and develop an algorithm that can weed out negativity. However, many anonymous messaging apps like this ends up being a place that facilitates bullying.
Remind your kids, that even when things are anonymous, a screenshot of messages can always be taken. Someday these messages may backfire on them. Let them know that everything they do online will be traced back into their digital footprint. Hence, be careful with what they say or share.
Use monitoring tools like Bark to monitor kids’ online activities and ensure they stay safe even online.
Bark will alert parents when kids have viewed something inappropriate.
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Here are other tips to you keep children safe in the digital age :
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