Friday, March 7, 2014

Yik Yak and Cyber Bullying.

The Prevent Child Abuse America National Office wants to make sure we all are aware of a new App designed for college students that has made its way on the cell phones of high school students across the country. Yik Yak, an app similar in design to Snap Chat with words streaming in a Twitter like feed that disappear, allows other users in a given location (e.g., school) to view all comments. To register, users are asked to confirm that they are 17, but many click “agree” who are younger and with no profile or password, the communication is completely anonymous. To date, reports of threats and slander in high schools from Alabama, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania have caused principals to block the app from wireless networks or ban children from using cellular devices in school. See full Advisory here

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