Mental Health Concerns Over 'Honesty' Apps
Parents have been urged to be vigilant over so-called ‘honesty’ apps that encourage users to leave anonymous comments about their peers as it can open children up to cyberbullying.
The warnings came just days after a joint report of 10,000 children by University College London and the University of Liverpool - funded by the Economic and Social Research Council found that 24% of 14-year-old girls and 9% of boys were depressed.
Dr Praveetha Patalay put the ‘worryingly high rates of depression’ down to ‘increasing mental health difficulties faced by girls today compared to previous generations'. Marc Bush, Chief Policy adviser at Young Minds claimed they faced ‘pressures created by social media’.
Experts warned that apps such as Sarahah, are aiding that pressure as ‘people are generally nastier on anonymised sites’ according to Childnet CEO, Will Gardner.
The app which was created in Saudi Arabia for employees to give anonymous feedback to bosses and has gathered 90 million users, has become extremely popular among teenagers.