Why it’s popular: Similar to Whisper, Secret lets people vent, confess, and share freely — without anyone knowing who said what.
What parents need to know:
- It tries to prevent users from defaming others. When Secret first launched in Silicon Valley, its adult users started using it to smack-talk their coworkers and bosses. Secret now detects when you mention someone by name (most of the time) and sends you a warning about it.
- It requires some private information. Despite the fact that it promises user anonymity, it requires your email address and phone number.
- Kids may encounter strong language. We came across “hell” and “f–k” almost immediately.