App review - Whisper

Most people love a secret - but when it involves your children sharing them with strangers online would you feel differently?  


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. 

  • Shyness doesn't matter - users don't reveal anything about themselves if they don't want to
  • Cliques and popularity at school or socially is irrelevant - it's all anonymous
  • It encourages teens to be creative and express themselves
  • They have a range of privacy and security FAQ's including parental controls (which is actually just a guide on how to block your child from downloading apps, but hey, it's something)
  • Teens can block users or flag them if they see something inappropriate


  • The sheer amount of sexual conversations taking place on the app - it took us just a few minutes to find pornographic/inappropriate images and there are groups on Whisper who are just there for online sex. Check out the "school" group on Whisper - you'll be horrified.
  • Whisper secrets can be shared on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr - whilst posts are anonymous, remember that Snapchat claims the same thing. Nothing is ever really a secret on the internet.
  • Whilst user's don't have to use location services, Whisper does constantly remind users to activate it to see who is around them within a 5-10km radius. The majority of teens would see no issues with this at all - but predators delight in this kind of information and easily. A recent case in the US saw a 21 year old man use Whisper to convince a 12 year old girl to send him nude photos of herself, which led to a horrific outcome.
  • Drug use and self harm images are also common themes amongst teens on Whisper, and easily found just by searching (or stumbling across)


What should parents look out for?

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.


Start your free trial


Topics: Cyber Safety

    Try Family Zone for FREE

    Sign up now to try Family Zone for 1 month, totally free of charge.

    Free Trial
    Subscribe to our newsletter
    Follow us on social media
    Popular posts
    Parental Controls | Cyber Safety | Cyber Experts | parenting | roblox
    Roblox: What parents must know about this dangerous game for kids
    Parental Controls | Mobile Apps | Cyber Safety | teens on social media
    Can we talk? 100 questions your teen might actually answer
    Parental Controls | Screen time | online gaming | roblox | sleep
    Family Zone: Now blocking Roblox with a single click
    Cyber Bullying | Parental Controls | Screen time | Mobile Apps | Cyber Safety | online predators | tiktok | paedophile | child predator | Likee
    LIKEE: What parents need to know about this risky TikTok wannabe
    Parental Controls | Screen time | teens on social media | wellbeing | dating app
    Swipe right for trouble: Six teen dating apps parents need to know about
    Parental Controls | Screen time | online gaming | Fortnite | discord
    Discord: What parents need to know

    Recent posts

    Crack your teen's secret emoji code

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But which words may not always be clear … especially when it comes to teens and emojis. 

    The Goldilocks Principle: How much screen-time is 'just right'?

    How much screen-time is “just right” for your child? Applying the Goldilocks Principle to children’s device use means figuring out where ...

    'This call may be recorded ... ' The scary truth about voice profiling

    The automated message “this call may be recorded for training purposes” is all too familiar to most of us. But few are aware that those ...

    It's not the device - It's the dopamine

    In a new book, a leading psychiatrist argues we are all addicts now -  with the smartphone the “modern-day hypodermic needle.” Are there ...