What is the Tellonym app?

Tellonym app logo

Created in 2016, by three students, Tellonym is an anonymous messaging app that lets you ask and answer questions about each other anonymously and non-anonymously, it’s popular among teens.

How does the Tellonym app work?

Screenshot of tellonym app via Rachel Kraus/Mashable
Tellonym users can receive messages through the platform which are called ‘Tells’. Every Tell is sent and received to the recipient’s private inbox, which no one else can see. Then, only if a user decides to answer a Tell, the original Tell, and the answer becomes visible to other users.

Is there anything parents should be worried about?

With any online messaging app platform there are several potential risks that come with it, such as the cyberbullying, sexting, abusive comments, etc. As the apps main function is to connect with others, this may leave room for such risks to happen. The app has been given a rating of 17+ on the Apple App Store and a Teen rating on the Google Play Store.

Are there any parental controls?

Yes, there are several controls features available in Tellonym, some of the built-in, some of them must be set up. The following are controls you can apply, (we recommend doing a setup together with your teen):

  • Language Filters
  • Custom Word Filter
  • Set a Safety Code
  • Extensive Blocking Mechanism
  • Only Receive Tells from Registered Users
  • Report Messages
  • Deleting the Account

Visit Tellonym parental controls for instructions on how to set these up.

Tips for staying safe

Talk to your child about what they’re sharing
Help your child think about what they share online and who sees it. Compare it to what they would be happy to share offline. Remind them that they shouldn’t share private things, such as:

  • Personal information, like names, emails, phone numbers, location, and school names
  • Other people’s personal information
  • Links to join private group chats
  • Photos of themselves
  • Photos of their body, such as sexual photos or videos

Have regular conversations
Talking to your child about what is going on online and offline and risks will help them gain an understanding and develop their digital resilience. Our advice and tips can help you start these conversations.

Check their privacy settings
Check their privacy settings on your child’s Tellonym account.

Wayne Denner provides a short parents’ review of the Tellonym app
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when it comes to online safety one of
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the most challenging things for parents
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and guardians is keeping themselves up
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to date with the latest social media
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platforms smartphone apps websites and
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the games the children and young people
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hard to make sure we keep you as
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up-to-date as possible when it comes to
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all of those things so stick around
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we're gonna take a look at another
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smartphone app for parents and guardians
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button so I can keep you up to date with
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all of the latest smartphone apps social
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media platforms and games for parents to
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be aware of today we're talking about
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another anonymous based app called
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tell'em or tell on him now in the past
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we have covered a number of similar
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websites and apps such as ask fm Sahara
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which was previously an app which has
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now become a website and also ask Frank
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all of these websites and apps allow
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users to post and respond to questions
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anonymously on their platform the
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tell'em app is one which is gaining
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popularity particularly with primary
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school children and certainly one for
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parents and guardians to be aware of the
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app is between 8 and 10 million users
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worldwide and according to tell them
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there is over 1 million tells or
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questions posted a day on the app now
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it's pretty straightforward to set up on
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account all you need is an email address
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or a mobile number and once your account
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is set up then you can begin posting
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questions which are known as tales
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to your profile on the app a couple of
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the other things we noticed when we were
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reviewing the app was that users could
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also add their Instagram and their
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snapchat ID to their profile on the
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talam app now a number of schools in the
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UK have issued warnings to parents
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particularly about inappropriate
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messages and comments on the talam app
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so it is one for parents to be aware of
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you can also go into your profile
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settings and you can search for other
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users you can change your age profile on
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the app which will allow you potentially
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to search for younger users on the
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platform and that's something which is
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concerning in itself now we have done a
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detailed breakdown of this particular
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app but if you want to know any more
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information on this app please do click
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on the link above in the post and that
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will take you across to the website
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which will have a full detailed
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breakdown on the tell'em app or parents
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need to know how some of the safety
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features work on the app and some of the
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other things that we noticed whenever we
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were carrying out our review of the app
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so as to tell them up one for parents
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and guardians to be on the lookout for
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and to be aware of I hope you found this
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video useful please don't forget to
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share it with your family and friends
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please don't forget to reach out get in
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touch if you'd like me to visit your
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school or community and deliver one of
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my practical online safety workshops I
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would love to hear from you I'll be
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coming back very soon with another one
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of my short videos for parents and
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guardians
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