YOLO app became the #1 app in Apple Store in 2018. However, until today the app still remains popular among Snapchat users.
Similar to the Sarahah app, YOLO app allows kids to ask and answer questions anonymously.
In this post we go through the following questions :
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).
YOLO stands for “you online live once” is an app that allows kids to ask and answer questions anonymously
The app is embedded within Spanchat. Using Yolo users can comment and post answers anonymously.
Users can also create questions, to get answers from other users.
The app can be downloaded on iOs and Android devices.
Users need to be at least 17 years old to use this. Previously, the age was set to 12 years old.
Due to bullying and other safety issues, it has now increased to 17 years old.
Google Play has given it a rating of PEGI18
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Yolo is popular especially among teenagers because it is an add-on app on Snapchat.
In fact Yolo was created in just 3 days and the makers made it ‘Just for fun’. They were surprised to see the app going viral with no media attention given to it.
Apps like YOLO can facilitate bullying. For instance, Sarahah an app that got removed from IOS and Android last year because of enabling bullying.
The anonymous messaging app can be a source of sending hate messages and insensitive replies to users.
Common Sense Media has given this app a one-star rating. It has warned parents to not use this app
Anonymous messaging apps like Yolo is known to be a ground for bullying.
There is no doubt that apps like Yolo can facilitate such behavior since users can hide behind the screen and not be accountable for their actions.
Though the app is made with the purpose of users being able to get positive messages, the problem is that most of it’s users are teenagers.
Users have reported being harassed on this app. Despite reporting it to the app, no action was taken to stop the harasser from messaging the user.
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.
Before signing up for 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.
Based on the research conducted, so far, it is not possible to reveal a user’s name on Yolo. Hence, the app is able to maintain it’s popularity through it being anonymous.
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Yolo app 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 to their digital footprint. Hence, be careful with what they say or share.