Social Media and BullyingYikYak:

What is YikYak?

YikYak is a form of social media that allows users to post comments anonymously within a 1.5 mile radius.

What does YikYak look like?

The YikYak app looks like the picture below and comes up as a list of posts in the teal color scheme like the second picture.

How can it be used for bullying?

The posts are all anonymous and open for other users to post.

What is being done to prevent bullying on YikYak?

YikYak founders have started using geofence technology to prevent users from accessing the application within elementary, middle, and high schools. Unfortunately, administration and other school faculty must request a geofence to be put into place. The website for YikYak also gives parents information on restricting the applications available on their students' devices.

What extra precautionary measures can be taken?

Parents can block the application, any offensive posts or posts that are considered harmful can be reported and down voted, anything down voted will be removed after receiving a score of -5, YikYak will collaborate with local authorities to find anyone posting offensive posts or bullying within the app. The application requires the devices location in order to work, which allows a sense of tracking to the person in the case of any bullying or offensive posts on the application.

More Information on YikYak

For more information on YikYak and explanations on restricting applications or requesting a geofence in your school, please follow the link below.
YikYak Support

Bullying on Facebook:

What does Facebook look like?

  • Think before you post
    • Once something is on the internet, it is always there

  • If you think that it could hurt you in any way, don’t put it on Facebook
  • Pictures can be more harmful than fun if they have something wrong with them.
    • Watch what is in your background
  • 59% of teenagers have some form of social media account, 83% of this has Facebook
  • 41% of teens have multiple identities on social media
    • This means that someone can bully you and it could be your best friend.
      • Watch out who you accept as your friend on social media, make sure that you actually know them.
  • Teens do not fear physical violence on social media
  • They do not fear the consequences because they feel invincible online


What is Instagram?

Instagram is an application that lets users edit and share pictures and videos.

What does Instagram look like?

The Instagram icon is a vintage camera. This is an example of a single post with comments, picture in the process of being edited, and a user's individual page.
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Important Terms

Username: Appears as an @ sign followed by a chosen name.
Like: Users can "like" other users' photos by double-clicking on a picture or choosing the heart icon below it.
Tag: Users can choose to identify others users by choosing their username and mentioning them in a comment or in a picture, similar to Facebook.
Hashtag: Hashtags use the number sign (#) to group like photos, gain more likes, or add humor to a post.

How is Instagram used for bullying?

  • Posting mean, embarrassing, or derogatory pictures or videos of someone.
  • Writing mean, embarrassing, or derogatory captions, comments, or hashtags about someone or their picture.
  • Tagging others in inappropriate or cruel pictures.
  • Fake accounts used to impersonate someone or anonymously post inappropriate pictures.
  • Instagram has a direct messaging which can be used to send and receive pictures privately between users; this can be used for bullying, abuse, or sending inappropriate pictures/messages.

Tips for safety

  • Instagram allows users the ability to report inappropriate pictures and comments.
  • Instagram also allows users to block other other users and delete comments.
  • There is a private account option so users can monitor who sees their posts.
  • Talk to your students about internet safety and how to safely and appropriately use Instagram by monitoring their followers and being careful in what they post. Instagram Support


Twitter and Bullying:

What does Twitter look like?

  • There is no editing a post
  • If someone is attacking you then you can permanently block them from seeing your tweets.
  • Yes, you have the right to say things if you feel it needs to be said.
    • But, what are the long term affects that come along with posting that tweet that may get different people around the world responding to?
  • Most social media attacks come with using the hashtag “#”
    • The hashtag is open for anyone in the world to see because it is relating to a specific topic and that means anyone can see it under the trending part of twitter.

Snap Chat:

snapchat.pngSnapchat is a photo messaging application. Using the application, users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients. These sent photographs and videos are known as "Snaps". Users set a time limit for how long recipients can view their after which they will be hidden from the recipient's device and deleted from Snapchat's servers.
How is it used for Bullying?
Some students are sending inappropriate photos, thinking they have nothing to worry about because the photos disappear from the app. Meanwhile, other kids are snapping shots in locker rooms and bathrooms and sending those. Also, students are sneaking around trying to catch embarrassing shots of others to send on to someone else. It can be used to send something mean and then the message disappears without any evidence that the bullying took place.
The general thinking is, “what’s the harm – the picture is gone in 10 seconds.” But that’s not always the case. While the images do disappear from the app itself, there’s nothing built into the app to stop kids on the receiving end from taking a screen shot and saving it or using another device to take a picture of their cell phone screen.
Advice for parents and teachers
Snapchat is for sharing moments with friends -- through Snaps, Chats and Stories. Because Snapchat is an important way many young people communicate, parents and teachers should talk with them about how they’re using Snapchat. Please note that Snapchat is not intended for children under the age of 13.
Asking questions and talking about what’s appropriate to Snap are good first steps. Help your kids and students understand how and when to report issues, and encourage them to be good to their friends and responsible members of the Snapchat community.

Safety tips and resources

Staying safe on Snapchat is everyone's responsibility.
  • Be kind and respectful. Be thoughtful about what you Snap and don't send people things they don't want to receive.
  • Remember, anyone can take a screenshot of a Snap, or simply use another camera to take a picture of a Snap that appears on their screen.
  • Check your privacy settings to choose who can send you Snaps and view your Stories.
  • If you experience harassment or bullying, block the person and report it to us. Also, check out ConnectSafely's information on cyberbullying.
  • Keep your password safe. Don't share your password with other people, applications, or websites. Use a different password for every service you use.
  • Read our Community Guidelines and help your friends follow them as well. If you experience something upsetting, let us know and tell a parent or trusted adult.

Additional Pages on this Wiki:
Characteristics and Signs of Bullying
Internet Safety
Resources for Parents and Students