What is Wickr? A Disappearing Text Version of SnapChat? Mmmmm…how might Teens use this Magic?

Wickr is a relatively new app currently available for the iPhone but soon to be released for Android use. The makers of this app argue that our electronic communications should not be catalogued and stored forever on some distant, untraceable server.Magic

The Wickr App is free and states that it provides, ‘military-grade encryption of text, picture, audio and video messages as well as sender-based control over who can read messages, where and for how long.’

It allows you to send messages set to disappear within six days, unless you want them to self-destruct even earlier. You can also set individual messages to autodestruct within a set period of time after the recipient opens them.

This sort of App provides you with a teachable moment. There are probably many positive uses that this App will be put to and good reasons to use it but I can also think of one or two other, not so nice ways. Better to use this as an opportunity to discuss a Social Media Code of Ethics that teens should adhere to regardless of how they send their messages and pictures and how long they remain available. Holidays are a good time to have these conversations.

Wickr – Leave No Trace!.

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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One Response to What is Wickr? A Disappearing Text Version of SnapChat? Mmmmm…how might Teens use this Magic?

  1. Pingback: What are Kik, Keek, Instagram, Snapchat, and Vine and are they safe for children? | The Geelong College

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