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What is Yik Yak?


YIK YAK is an electronic billboard, on which people within a specified radius, about a mile and half, have access to postings. Posts are anonymous and using the app does not require a username or password. The app is becoming extremely popular among teens, especially high school students. It allows anyone to connect and share information with others without having to know them.

The problem with any application that allows users to post anonymous comments is obvious. Teens using this site can be easily cyberbullied without knowing who the harasser is. Some of these applications are specifically designed for users to post "what they really think" about a certain person. Many high schools across the country are facing issues with Yik Yak due to the anonymity of cyberbullying.

NetSmartz411 encourages teens to avoid applications that could put themselves or others at risk for victimization.