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Sarahah

Sarahah is a website and app where you can send anonymous comments and feedback to other users. The app was removed from Apple’s App Store and Google Play in 2018 due to reports of bullying on the platform, though you can now download it on Google Play again.

17+

Official age rating

12+

Child age rating

What do children say?

At a glance

Kids use this to...

Play

Create

Learn

Connect

Expert view of the risks...

Sexual

Medium Risk

Violence & hatred

High Risk

Bullying

High Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Medium Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

Low Risk

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On Sarahah profile privacy

Check the privacy settings with your child and make sure the ‘appear in search’ and ‘close inbox’ functions are turned off, so only people they know can talk to them.

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Top tips for staying safe

Exploring apps, sites and games together is a great way to involve your child in the decision-making process.

Be positive about what you see, but also be open about your concerns. Ask them what they think is appropriate and what worries them.

If you decide it’s not appropriate, then make sure you explain your reasons why (and be prepared for an unhappy child).

You might decide it’s ok for your child to use. If so, make sure you follow the tips below to ensure it’s as safe as possible. And work out a time when you’ll next discuss the app.

Help your child think about what they share online and who sees it. Compare it to what they would be happy to share offline.

You might want to start by asking:

  • What kinds of things do you share online?
  • Should we share everything?
  • What shouldn’t we share?

Use examples that are easy for them to understand: “You wouldn’t give your number to a stranger on the street. Is a stranger online any different?”

Listen to their answers. And be positive and encouraging.

Remind them that they shouldn’t share private things, such as:

  • personal information, like emails, names, phone numbers, school names
  • photos of themselves with strangers
  • photos of their body
  • gossip

Explain that you understand the internet is a great place to play, create, learn and connect. But remind them they can talk to you if anything upsets or worries them.

Reassure them that you won’t overreact – you’re just looking out for them.

And if they feel like they can’t speak to you, tell them to talk to an adult they trust, like a teacher or Childline.

Sahara used to be recommended for children aged 13+  but it’s since changed to 17+. This means the website and app aren’t appropriate for most young people. 

You know your child better than anyone, but we recommend thinking carefully about why your child would be on there and speaking to them about it.  

Your child might receive upsetting or negative things from other users on Sarahah. If this happens, they might want to report or block them. 

You can report messages you’ve received on Sarahah by clicking on the three buttons at the top of a message and selecting ‘report’. 

You can block another user by clicking on the three buttons at the top of a message and selecting ‘block sender’. 

And remember to let your child know that they can always talk to you about worrying things they see online. 

With your child, explore the privacy setting and make sure ‘appear in search’ and ‘close inbox’ are turned off. That way only people they know should be able to find and talk to them.  

And revisit the privacy settings often to make sure you’re happy with them. 

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Talking to your child

Having open, regular conversations with your child will help you to really understand and explore the online world together. Our tips and advice can help you start these conversations.

Talk about staying safe online

What children and parents are saying about Sarahah

We've spoken to over 2,000 parents and kids to find out what they think.

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Kids

What do children and young people dislike about Sarahah? 

  • You can receive hateful or bullying comments and not know who it’s from 
  • It’s completely anonymous 
  • People use it to bully others 

You can create an anonymous account and click on to others accounts and leave a comment .You can bully people on it, harass people and absolutely everything is anonymous.

Girl, 14 

What do children and young people like about Sarahah? 

  • People send anonymous compliments and messages that might boost your self esteem 
  • Some people say fun or positive things 
  • People are more honest 

People can say what they want anonymously, so they say whatever hurtful things they want. However, since there is no location or photos, people can't physically hurt you or find you. It can also be a fun way to message friends.

Girl, 13 

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Parents

We’re currently asking parents what they think about Sarahah. Come back soon to check out their views. 

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