What is the Ogle App? Social Media Safety Guide

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What is the Ogle app

  • Ogle is an anonymous app that automatically searches your location for nearby schools when downloaded
  • Users can view and interact with school feeds, engage on any campuses content, share or ask anything anonymously, and customize your posts with stickers

Why should parents care?

  • This app is not limited to teens
  • While the terms and conditions state you must be 17+ years or older to use Ogle, anyone can anonymously access your teen’s school feed
  • The majority of the content is not appropriate for young students
  • Bullying and cheating are common on this app
  • Users would post their classmate’s picture or first and last name, in order to bully them
  • Users cheat by asking for test or homework answers

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This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Green Zone.
This app is not safe for students to use unsupervised, but a Green Zone app can serve a positive purpose to help a student to navigate social media and someday build an online brand. Read more below to find out why this app is in the Green Zone.

This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Gray Zone.
Gray Zone apps often contain lots of private & disappearing messages, and strangers can use this to chat with students. Parents should participate in these apps with students to keep them safe. This zone can be a great place for family time since many of these apps can be entertaining, and let your students express themselves. Read more below to find out why this app is in the Gray Zone.

This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Red Zone.
Red Zone apps often have lots of anonymous features, adult content, and easy contact with strangers. Supervision is strongly suggested on each of these apps or move your kids to a safer zone. All apps require parental supervision, these apps more than others. Read more below to find out why this app is in the Red Zone or view our list of 100+ Apps to find a safer app with your student.
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This trend is categorized as a Dangerous Social Media Challenge.
Viral challenges encourage students to do dangerous things to garner likes, views, attention, and subscribers. These challenges can be found across several social networks and may encourage students to perform dangerous activities. SmartSocial.com keeps parents updated on these social media challenges before an incident may occur in your community.

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Note: Ogle has been removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play. However, apps are known to be taken down and return later.

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What is the Ogle app

Ogle is an anonymous app that automatically searches your location for nearby schools when downloaded. View and interact with school feeds, engage on any campuses content, share or ask anything anonymously, and customize your posts with stickers.

What can users do on the Ogle app

           
  • Anonymously post photos, videos, thoughts or questions to any school’s feed
  • Anonymously comment on posts
  • Anonymously group chat and send pictures or messages
  • Vote on posts with an up or down vote

The registration process

Since there is little formal registration on Ogle, bullies and predators can easily masquerade as students.
  • Since there is little formal registration, bullies and predators can easily masquerade as students and friends
  • When users download Ogle it will ask for permission to use location services so it can find nearby schools
  • Users are then shown a list of schools in the area
  • Users can then choose a school’s feed or toggle between multiple school feeds

Why is the Ogle app in the SmartSocial Red Zone?

On Ogle anyone can anonymously access your teen’s school feed.

This app is not limited to teens. While the terms and conditions state you must be 17+ years or older to use Ogle, anyone can anonymously access your teen’s school feed. The majority of the content is not appropriate for young students.

Bullying and cheating are common on this app. Users will post their classmate’s picture or first and last name, in order to bully them. Users cheat by asking for test or homework answers.

Ogle in the news

Principals [emailed] parents to encourage them to delete the [Ogle] app from their children’s phones. – The Los Angeles Times
  • “Administrators asked principals to email parents to make them aware of potential threats on Ogle and encourage them to delete the app from their children's phones.” - The Los Angeles Times
  • “We highly recommend that parents immediately check their children’s cell phones for [Ogle] and also discuss the dangers of their online social media activity.” - Midland Reporter Telegram
  • “The [Ogle] app presents a special challenge to law enforcement, since there is no formal registration or log-in process for users.” - CBS
  • “Parents are being warned about [Ogle] a new app that is linked to cyberbullying” - KION Channel 5 Salinas, CA

What do students say

  • "[The Ogle] app is offensive and contributes to a culture that lacks compassion or kindness"
  • "This app has made life in my school (for everyone) a living [nightmare]"
  • "I can't believe how cruel [the Ogle] app is. The developers allow high school students to bully and destroy other students lives and reputations anonymously with no repercussions"
  • "[The Ogle] app is the worst it focuses the hate from every school and there is no way to stop it. Do not download"

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What can parents do

  • If your teen uses Ogle - have a serious conversation with them and ask them to delete the app
  • Remind your teen not to share their real name, age, phone number or address anywhere on the web
  • Tell your students they can always come to you if they have questions or concerns about their online activity or about other online users

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