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Anonymous Messaging App Yik Yak Promotes Cyberbullying

Anonymous Messaging App Yik Yak Promotes Cyberbullying

New apps and social media networks continue to contribute to the prevalent problem of cyberbullying. Apps such as Yik Yak, which allows for anonymous messaging, offer online bullies new tools.

Yik Yak is one of the newest apps that allows users to connect or "yak" anonymously through a live messaging feed. According to EducationNews.org, the app has been blocked at 85 percent of high schools across the country. At a high school in Charlotte, North Carolina, the app was being updated with "derogatory" messages targeting students and teachers alike. 

At Illinois' Glenbrook South High School, a group of students created a video called "Real Life Yik Yak," in which students wore signs with hurtful words on them to show the impact of cyberbullying. The video records the shocked reactions of their classmates. 

"Some students who saw us in the hallway were confused and others believed Yik Yak was terrible," said Gary Zucker, one of the students in the video. "Others said we were not what our signs said."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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