Is it a new safe haven for trolls?
One of the greatest feelings in the world is to have your own space and freedom to do with it whatever you want. Likewise, teens also want to enjoy the feeling of being independent and do not want their parents to take too much of their personal space by being around them most of the time. The recent anonymous Sarahah App, which is highly popular among teens also implies the idea of secrecy and freedom. One of the reasons of the popularity of this newest app is due to its new feature on snapchat which gives you the opportunity to link two apps together. Many users of Sarahah App have reportedly been abused; harassed and victimized adding to the popularity of this latest app. Sarahah is quite similar to the website ask.fm where one could make a public account and people could make comments anonymously. One devastating consequence of ask.fm was that users could ask hateful questions hence, many incidents of teens committing suicide was reported. The person receiving these hateful questions remained completely unaware whom these questions were coming from; it could either be friends or just acquaintances. It is obvious that Sarahah is not quite different from ask.fm as Sarahah is an Arabic word which translates “honesty and frankness”.
Parents and teachers around the world seem concerned over this new app as it can potentially lead to cyberbullying. According to Business Newsletter, a school in Dublin has warned the parents that the new Sarahah honesty app can make their children victims of cyberbullying. The school administration has not only banned this savagely cruel app, but in addition to this, has asked the parents to delete this app from their children’s mobile phones. Following the rising popularity of Sarahah, experts have advised Parent to monitor their children’s online activity for their well-being.
Sarahah app was designed last year by a Saudi Arabian developer Zain al- Abidin for the purpose of giving his coworkers the opportunity of leaving an honest feedback. Unfortunately, this app became went viral with teenagers instead of officer workers. The idea of saying anything mean and hurtful without being noticed has made this app extraordinary popular among high school students. What most teenagers have failed to realize is that freedom of speech does not mean one says hurtful things to others. The idea of telling others what you feel for them without having to own up to it has become popular therefore, it makes Sarahah the most downloaded app of today. This idea of expressing one’s feelings anonymously often times has proved to be harmful to many users but which many prefer to do as majority of people don’t like confrontation. The modern technology, despite of all its advantages, has had many harmful effects on its young users. According to Mail Online, the lethal game Blue Whale had caused the death of 130 teenagers in Russia. Toney Allman in “Mean behind the screen: What you need to know about cyber bullying” has mentioned the project Olivia’s letter. Olivia, a victim of cyber bullying was first encouraged by two teenage Californian girls and later she received a 1000 letters from around the world showing how much everyone cared for her. On the contrary, young victims of cyber bullying often lose interest in life. There have been cases of suicides committed by victims however some victims have also engaged in school violence after being cyber bullied.
No wonder Sarahah app has made waves with 4 million downloads and 15 million users. According to USA Today, reviews on Apple App store show a lot of bad comments regarding this new App which suggests a weak rating. The world is yet to see whether the famous Sarahah App, that already subjects to criticism, would be able to retain its popularity or not.
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