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Delete Cyber Bullying - YouTube

Instant messaging, blogging, emailing, texting, and video chatting... what's next? With this dramatic shift to electronic socializing, bullying is no longer ...
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The first 2 minutes of this video give a good overview of cyber bullying and how it affects people. It also talks about the internet's false sense of anonymity and ease of hurting others.

 

The second half of the video goes over ways to stop cyber bullying like spreading positive messages.

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Yik Yak - Cyberbullying Research Center

Yik Yak - Cyberbullying Research Center | Yik Yak and Cyber Bullying | Scoop.it
Discusses Yik Yak - a new cell phone app being used in cyberbullying.

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Caution: new app which allows anonymous comments to anyone with 5 miles (8 km).

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Yik Yak gives new definition to online trash-talk | The Daily Beacon

Through the sea of bright pastel sweaters and backwards hats on the mystical aura of fraternity row, a young sorority girl runs away as if rejected like a disease. Eyes full of tears and frantic with a look that says,
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Shh, it's a Secret: The allure of the anonymous internet

Shh, it's a Secret: The allure of the anonymous internet | Yik Yak and Cyber Bullying | Scoop.it
"I'm terrified I might not actually be all that smart.""Made a batch of Jello just to stick my dick in it. No regrets.""I like taking the ferry
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How To Protect Your Kids Against Cyber Bullying?

How To Protect Your Kids Against Cyber Bullying? | Yik Yak and Cyber Bullying | Scoop.it
As more and more young people from different countries are reported to have committed suicide because they have been bullied online at one time or another, the rest of the world now continues to wake up to the exceptionally serious nature of cyber...

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Smartphones Worsen Cyberbullying - Korea Real Time - WSJ

Smartphones Worsen Cyberbullying - Korea Real Time - WSJ | Yik Yak and Cyber Bullying | Scoop.it
South Korean teenagers’ embrace of the smartphone, allowing them to be online all the time, is increasing the risk of cyberbullying—harassment using Internet-based communications tools—the Seoul Metropolitan Government said.
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Yik Yak App Causing Controversy in Schools Nationwide

A new phone application is stirring up problems in schools all across the country. It's called Yik Yak and there have been many issues reported related to th...
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Yik Yak chat app stirring up trouble in high schools

Yik Yak chat app stirring up trouble in high schools | Yik Yak and Cyber Bullying | Scoop.it
From Chicago, to Georgia, to southern California, a new social media application is causing problems on middle school and high school campuses nationwide.
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Yik Yak, Geofencing and the Future of BYOD - Getting Smart by EdCetera Staff - BYOD, edapps, edchat, Highered, ptchat

Yik Yak, Geofencing and the Future of BYOD - Getting Smart by EdCetera Staff - BYOD, edapps, edchat, Highered, ptchat | Yik Yak and Cyber Bullying | Scoop.it

But if we take Yik Yak as a precedent there will be voices who call for more and better control over devices that are brought into school.


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This Article talks about the possibility of schools installing apps that control students personal devices while they are at school, using technology similar to Yik Yak's geofencing. The article mentions how the developers of Yik Yak might have set a precedent for how these types of situations will be handled in the future.

 

Should Schools Be able to control students devices?

 

I feel like it would be very hard to get students to agree to let administrators install anything on personal devices

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How some journalists are using anonymous secret-sharing apps

How some journalists are using anonymous secret-sharing apps | Yik Yak and Cyber Bullying | Scoop.it
Some want to find juicy gossip, others want to surface juicy emotions — either way, there's value for publishers in popular apps Whisper and Secret.
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Talks about legitimate uses for anonymous apps and how they can be useful for people who want to report on all the details but can't because they would otherwise get in trouble. This is similar to how Yik Yak is supposed to be used with interesting or funny comments that people enjoy reading but that are not destructive to other people.

 

Do the legitimate uses overweigh the negative problems with complete anonymity?

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The Real Problems With Yik Yak, and How You Should Respond

The Real Problems With Yik Yak, and How You Should Respond | Yik Yak and Cyber Bullying | Scoop.it
Schools in Chicagoland are up in arms and shutting down the social media app Yik Yak.  Here are the real problems with Yik Yak and what you can do to respond. What is Yik Yak? Yik Yak is a four-month-old app for Android and Apple mobile devices that allows users to post text-only Yaks of... Read more »
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Kids not telling parents about 'cyber-bullying' out of fear they will have smartphones taken - expert - Independent.ie

Kids not telling parents about 'cyber-bullying' out of fear they will have smartphones taken - expert - Independent.ie | Yik Yak and Cyber Bullying | Scoop.it
Children suffering ‘cyber-bullying’ may not tell their parents because they are afraid their phone, ipad or laptop could be confiscated, an expert declared.
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This Article describes some of the problems with cyber bullying, one being that kids do not want their phones and computers taken away even if they are the target of the bullying. This is destructive to the students because they need to get away from the bullying and tell people about it but they don't.

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Yik Yak App Could be Tool for Cyberbullying

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Students and educators at Connecticut's Greenwich High School are concerned about the new social media app.
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This Article talks about Yik Yak and other anonymous apps give people the  ability to cyber bully others. It also shows how certain yik yaks are similar to situations in the past where students have committed suicide over bullying

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Apps Don't Bully People, People Bully People - Bloomberg View

Apps Don't Bully People, People Bully People - Bloomberg View | Yik Yak and Cyber Bullying | Scoop.it
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Apps Don't Bully People, People Bully People
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... with apps bully people.
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I agree with how this article says the real problem with Yik Yak is not the app, it is the people using the app. If students are given the opportunity to anonymously post online without punishment(except in serious cases such as bomb threats) and they take advantage of that anonymity to bully other people, it shows that the students are the problem.

 

The article also mentions how bullying goes against the mission of Yik Yak's Developers. The developers wanted to create a way for people to post without being judged, which they cannot do on many other forms of social media.

 

Should the developers of Yik Yak try to enforce their mission more clearly?

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