Why it’s popular: This app is an anonymous local bulletin board that lets users post messages to be read by users around them. It’s an easy way to spread gossip without anyone know who is saying what.
What parents need to know:
- This app was originally called Gaggle, but its name was changed in May 2014, shortly after it made national headlines. Gaggle is also the name of an online learning tool used by teachers and students to keep up with homework and due dates. That company sent a cease and desist letter to the app to stop using the name.
- The Katy Independent School District reported in May 2014 that students were using the app to ridicule classmates and employees.
- Much of the content is questionable, to say the least. When we checked the latest posts around us, we found an offer to buy drugs, several images of half-clothed girls and women, and what appeared to be a post soliciting a hitman. When we looked at posts made at specific schools, we found many “selfies” and the students didn’t have all of their clothes on.