We created this Secret App parents guide to help people understand this new and popular app that kids are using.
- What is the Secret App?
- How does Secret differ from other anonymous apps?
- Community Guide from the Secret App team
- How to sign up for Secret?
- Who can see your Secret posts?
- How can you know which friends are already on Secret?
- How to add friends to the Secret App?
- What if you only have a few friends on Secret?
- How do I delete a Secret post?
- What is a Secret Den?
- What should parents keep in mind about anonymous apps, such as Secret or Snapchat?
What is the Secret App?
Secret is an app that allows people to share messages anonymously within their circle of friends, friends of friends, and publicly.
How does Secret differ from other anonymous apps?
From Yahoo! News
The difference is that it starts from your friends. Knowing that the secret comes from someone your know makes the app more interesting and compelling. – Chrys Bader-Wechseler, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer at Secret
Watch Katie Couric interview the founders of the Secret App on Yahoo! News.
Community Guide from the Secret App team
They believe anonymity empowers people to share their deepest thoughts and feelings, sparking genuine conversations that would otherwise be impossible.
What you could do on the Secret:
- Use anonymity for good.
- Share yourself openly and honestly.
- Be kind and respectful.
- Report bad behavior.
- Have fun.
What you shouldn’t do:
- Don’t post threats.
- Don’t share or encourage self-harm.
- Don’t bully or harass.
- Don’t post hate speech.
- Don’t post graphic content.
- Don’t post pornography.
- Don’t post people’s private information.
- Don’t post things that don’t belong to you.
- Don’t post spam.
How to sign up for Secret?
Secret is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, or head to secret.ly and enter your phone number to get a download link sent to your phone.
Who can see your Secret posts?
Your secrets are delivered anonymously to the people in your Contacts who are on Secret. They can view, love and comment on your post. When friends love your secret, it will be shared to their friends.
How can you know which friends are already on Secret?
To protect privacy and ensure anonymity, it’s not possible to see which of your friends are already on Secret. We may show you the total number of friends you have on Secret, but never specific people.
How to add friends to the Secret App?
When you sign up, you’re automatically connected to the people in your Contacts who are also on Secret. Connections are made by matching on email address and/or phone number.
What if you only have a few friends on Secret?
To maintain anonymity, you need to have a minimum of three friends sharing on Secret before we show you any friends’ posts.
How do I delete a Secret post?
To delete your post, tap the “…” icon and then tap “Remove”. Note: The “…” menu looks the same on your own posts as it does for posts belonging to others. This is so that someone using your phone can’t figure out which posts are yours by viewing the menu.
What is a Secret Den?
Secret Dens brings a new layer to your Secret stream, giving you a private, company-specific Den to share anything you’re thinking —kept within the walls of your workplace.
This pilot begins with a small group of companies for now, but we will look to make Secret Dens available to more companies, universities and organizations soon.
What should parents keep in mind about anonymous apps, such as Secret or Snapchat?
- Parents should understand that even “good” teenagers can succumb to peer pressure. They can’t assume their kind, sweet kids won’t participate in teenage meanness—especially if they think they can hide behind anonymous talk.
- Parents should tell their kids that their actions can have unintended consequences—sometimes with devastating results.
- Tell your kids that “anonymous” does not mean untraceable; data never really disappears. Explain them that if they do something “anonymously” that leads to harm for someone else, there could be a terrible cost, including legal actions.
- Parents should remember that their children could also wind up on the other side of the equation—as victims. Let them know that if they become a target of cyber-bullying, they should talk to you or another trusted adult about it.
- Don’t be afraid to set rules—based on your teenager’s age, personality and level of maturity—about which apps they can download and which ones they cannot.
Do you have questions, which we haven’t cover in our Secret App Parents Guide? Let us know in the comment section below.