Yet another social media site that our teens and tweens are flocking to and one which parents need to know about. Qooh.me allows users to ask one another questions anonymously. Think about that? Vincent Mabuza, left is the founder.
The site was launched four months ago in May, and after a slow start with only 8,000 users in July there has suddenly been an explosion to more than 170 000!
It is reminder of the worst of Formspring.me. Naturally I signed up. It is the only way to find out about these sites. It was very, very easy. Frighteningly so. In fact the site brags that it only takes ’45 seconds’ to sign up.
There is no age restriction. No privacy settings! I simply had to create a user name and a password, add my email address and I was in. Immediately I had 3 questions asked of me from random anonymous people and they were not nice – I could not and would not reprint them here, or anywhere for that matter.
Children, tweens and teens can interact with adults with no indication as to who is who and more disturbingly vice versa.. You can add a photo but who knows if it is you or not. The site provides protection for teens to ask each other anonymous questions! You can only imagine where this can lead.
To ask questions you don’t even have to log in or have an account. All you need to know is the person’s username or look up anyone whether you know them or not. If inappropriate questions are asked there is no way users can be reported or blocked and no way to know who has asked or answered them. Qoohme makes a bold statement: ‘The aim is NOT to spread gossip or bully and harass people’, yet there does not appear to be any monitoring or filtering and sadly and probably predictably this is precisely what some teens are using it for. Qoohme even admit the possibility of this: