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Yik Yak, Phone App Used by Cyberbullies
DAYTON -- Tonight a warning for parents about a new social media app being misused for bullying.
"Oh wow. Yeah, that's not good at all. What's it called?" Huber Heights mother of two Amanda May asks after seeing the app for the first time.
It' s called 'Yik Yak,' and it's a free app making national headlines that allows people to post anonymous comments within a 1.5 mile radius.
The app was created to be a bulletin board for college campuses, but based on local parents reactions, it's clear that tryouts for the spring musical aren't the only things being posted.
"Nasty stuff. That's bad. I don't even like Twitter. I don't like any of it. My kids aren't allowed on it. They're monitored," May said Monday.
Across the nation, Yik Yak is being used by some kids as a means to cyberbully their peers.
"Parents are leaving them too loose on the reins. They can go around do whatever they want," Tipp City dad of two teens Al Pennington remarked.
We reached out to schools in Vandalia, Centerville, and Miamisburg, and administrators there tell us they've never even heard of the app.
Administrators at Wayne High School tell us they believe their tech savvy students use the app, but they haven't had any problems with it.
While use of Yik Yak hasn't penetrated our school systems like others across the country, experts say to keep it that way, keep your kids off this misused app.
"It's very surprising but in this day and age I guess I shouldn't be surprised," Dayton mom Susan Fowler added.
The creators of the app are working on adding a feature which would 'protect schools' and prevent the app's use on middle and high school campuses.
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