Whisper is a ‘secret-sharing’ app with 1.44 million active users where users can anonymously share personal secrets to other people, and is available to anyone aged over 15 years. You can write a secret either to voice their joys or concerns to the world, or just share random thoughts. Users can browse through an openly public stream of images with secrets laid over them and respond publicly or privately to another person. Whisper actively encourages people to share their location, which is revealed whenever you click on a user to see their post, or alternatively you can see all the secrets within a small radius of your own location.
Don't get us wrong, there are are some really positive aspects of this app - it's a great place for teenagers to share their innermost thoughts without fear of repercussions, or to find other teens like them.
Firstly, check if your child has this app on their phone. If they do have it, we recommend having a conversation with them to find out why they like it and if they see any potential danger in using the app. Whilst Whisper opens the app up to children from 15 years, we strong recommend that no child under 18 years has access to this app. Your Family Zone settings recommended by our Cyber Experts will automatically block access to this app unless you change it.
Share this story with your kids and with other parents - understanding the positives and negatives of anything before you make a decision is key to gaining their trust and support.
If you're not already a subscriber with Family Zone, we recommend you start our one month free trial to see the benefits for yourself, especially when it comes to managing the access of your kids to apps like Whisper.
Topics: Cyber Safety