Journalist Finds a Great Use for Yik Yak

We’ve written before about how it would be a good idea for more parents to be active on Yik Yak. The anonymous app that is popular with high school and college students could use some policing. We’ve also written about the merits of some teachers getting involved in their Yik Yak community.

The use of Yik Yak in many high school buildings is blocked, but students can still access it when they’re not in school – and they are. It’s one of the most popular apps when it comes to anonymous teacher bashing, cyberbullying and party crashing.

Today, NY Times writer Farhad Manjoo tweeted the following from California:


His tweet attracted a number of responses, many of them standard internet snark. The following caught our attention because it just might work:


Manjoo writes about technology for the NY Times, and often focuses on how people actually use social media and the internet. Not surprisingly, he delivered:


We aren’t naïve enough to think that one parent, teacher or journalist can singlehandedly change the Wild West nature of what kids are posting on anonymous apps, and Yik Yak is no exception. We do believe, however, that every positive post has the ability to change the attitude and behavior of some users.

It’s probably too much to ask that teens police themselves, although we have seen some of that. Adults can get involved and make a difference. Maybe not to this extent, though:




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