School Targeted by Anonymous Apps!

Everyone hates youWith anonymity comes daring.  Some Apps these days allow students to post behind the safety of a screen without revealing their identities.  Recently, one seemingly ordinary Friday afternoon, Myers Park High School in North Carolina was hit by a ‘Yik Yak’ attack.  Claire Williams from the Charlotte Observer reported that,  staff and administrators at the school were all targeted at once on this particular day.  Yik Yak is a social media app that allows users to post comments without any apparent accountability.  ‘Someone’ started the attack and by the afternoon there was a new nasty post going up every 15-30 seconds.’  Tracking the offenders proved hopeless.

After the Yik Yak hit, Myers Park High School, Principal Mark Bosco, sent home an email to parents. The email urged parents to check their children’s phones for the app and track content.

“Students who have the app are making anonymous posts about students, teachers, etc.,” the email said. “Many of the posts are personal attacks, derogatory, hurtful, abusive and are examples of cyberbullying.”

‘The School also approached the developers of Yik Yak asking them to block the app on school grounds.   The app, launched seven months ago by Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll just after their graduation from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., was intended for college campuses, never for middle or high school students. Buffington and Doll said they have blocked the app at 85 percent of high schools in the country – in America that is!

So Yik Yak’s time at Myers Park High was short-lived.  However there are many other apps similar to Yik Yak that allow users to post comments or pics anonymously. Streetchat, and Secret, to name just two.  So beware.  These apps are alluring to teens. They are at an age where they are testing the waters and to be able to do this anonymously can present a perfect opportunity!   Teens do need to understand however that despite the claim that these messages and pictures are anonymous and vanish into thin air, every App stores every IP address and if needed they could and would be tracked.  Read more:

Remore here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/07/05/3985657/yik-yak-other-anonymous-social.html?sp=/99/104/#storylink=cpy

Yik Yak, other anonymous social media apps pose problems for schools | Education | NewsObserver.com.

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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