Parents, are your kids chatting on the Yik Yak app? Do you realize your children could be seeing adult type material from someone within walking distance from your home?
Eric Aguado, COO and Partner with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss the popularity of Yik Yak and why its content is inappropriate for all school aged children.
Aguado said the content on Yik Yak can be so vile it is worth veering away from the usual business oriented discussions on TNtv to warn parents about it.
What is Yik Yak? It is a free social chat app that can be utilized on any iPhone, Android, or tablet device. It was designed by two college students in 2013 and quickly became one of the Top 9 most downloaded applications.
It is extremely easy to download. Use of the app is total anonymous. One can access Yik Yak without a log-on or password. Once initiated, the app works like a combination of Twitter and a GPS.
The app identifies your location. Then it groups you into a pocket of users within a five mile radius.
All chatting is random and again anonymous. The user doesn’t know who is yakkin’ or how many times an individual is posting.
Yik Yak presents a number of parental concerns. Since there is no accountability anyone can say about anything they wish. Cyberbullying is an issue that occur.
Some school districts have taken action and banned its use on school property. Yik Yak is said to have even done some “geo-fencing” to take it out of the classroom all together.
Why? Much of the content can be steamy and adult oriented. A local review of the app revealed ongoing discussions about drugs and sexual related activity.
Even The Huffington Post has written an editorial and said college campuses should ban it. “Yaks are like bathroom stalls without toilets. They are useless. They are resources of unhelpful or harmful conversations and they are a complete eyesore.”
So what can a parent do to prevent children from downloading the app?
Aguado said parents should pay attention to what children are doing with their phones. If necessary they can utilize a built-in parental control on the iPhone. This would require the user to at least submit a password before installing any applications.
A third party application can also be downloaded to monitor a child’s phone. These include apps like NetNanny. Some of these apps are free or subscription based.
Restrictive apps are available for any device, phone or tablet, iPhone or Android. Parents can research these applications and utilize the one that best fits their needs.
For more information contact ThrottleNet at 866-826-5966.
Watch the full episode below!