Authorities warn of dangerous 'secret' app spreading at schools

Authorities warn of dangerous 'secret' app spreading at schools
Education

POSTED: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 2:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 2:34pm

Authorities are warning of a new phone app that is gaining popularity with students at schools, "Whisper".

Whisper is described as a way to "express yourself, share secrets and meet new people." The app also claims to contain "age-restricted material" and states you must be at least 17 and over to download, but only requires a push of the 'OK' button to begin a data transfer.

Whisper is available for both the iPhone and Droid for free of charge.

Content is posted anonymously, which officials say is the big problem. With anonymous posts come bullying, harassment and inappropriate content being posted, according to authorities.

School resource officers have been dealing with these type issues due to users of the Whisper app. Parents are asked to be aware of the Whisper app and the unhealthy environment it can create.

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