Why it’s popular: This app is basically a location-based bulletin board that shows users the most recent posts from users within a 1.5-mile radius. Users can connect and share information with others without having to know them.
What parents need to know:
- This app has a serious history of bullying problems. Many middle and high schools have reported incidents that involve this app. Since it’s anonymous, many users are using the full names of people they’re bullying because they think there will be no consequences. Some school districts have reported that bomb threats were made via this app.
- The makers are trying to block the app in schools. Bullying became such a big problem in Chicago that Yik Yak actually blocked the entire city from using it for a few days. They are using a third-party service to geo-sense every middle and high school in the United States.
- You can prevent your child from using this app. If you child’s phone is set to prevent apps from determining their location with the GPS feature, the app won’t work.