Ban Anonymous Messaging Apps

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Sarahah essentially allows people to send completely anonymous direct messages to individuals they are friends with through other apps, such as Snapchat.

As you can imagine, not many young people use Sarahah to complement their peers on how amazing they are, or encourage them to be positive about the way they look.

Comments such as, “you’re so ugly”, “no one likes you” to the extreme “just go and kill yourself”, are just a few examples of the abuse we as young people receive through the app on a daily basis.

Installing the app appears to construct a stream that directs all your peers' negative thoughts about you directly to your phone. Yet, young people are still doing it. Some out of intrigue, but some also in the quest for positive affirmation.

It’s no secret that bullying has severe effects on young people and Sarahah has rubbed many parents the wrong way. 

Recent studies have shown a rise in both teen suicides and self-harm.

An analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in August found the suicide rate among teenage girls ages 15 to 19 hit a 40-year high in 2015. Between 2007 and 2015, the rates doubled among girls and rose by more than 30 percent among teen boys.

Researchers in the U.K. published similar discoveries in a study on self-harm that showed a dramatic increase in the number of adolescent girls who engage in it: Self-harm rose 68 percent in girls ages 13 to 16 from 2011 to 2014, with girls more common to report self-harm than boys (37.4 per 10,000 girls vs. 12.3 per 10,000 boys).

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