Anonymous Messaging Apps on Campus

I read across this articular and it got me thinking. If I am up in front of a class lecturing, do I really want to know what my students are thinking?

Audrey Watterson 03 May 2015

This article first appeared on Educating Modern Learners in February 2015

Once again, students’ technology usage is prompting panic. This time, the scare involves anonymous messaging apps.

This past week alone, the following headlines crossed my desk: “Do your kids Yik Yak? Time for a chat.” “The Folly of Banning Yik Yak on School Campuses.” “A New Faculty Challenge: Fending Off Abuse on Yik Yak.” “Investigating the Yik Yak Attack.” “If Yik Yak is the problem, education is the answer, say local school boards.” “Student Government Poses Yik Yak Resolution.”

A Yik Yak Attack

Yik Yak is just one of several anonymous messaging apps (available for free on iOS and Android). Founded in 2013 by two college students (Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington. Seriously), Yik Yak is made for and marketed specifically to university students. Yik Yak allows users to anonymously read and write “Yaks” within a ten mile radius. Because of that geographical limitation, Yik Yak purports to be more a more local and “intimate” messaging board.

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