I’m not completely confident that the bad outweighs the good.
I AM confident I would not have allowed my children to have it.
Tumblr is an extremely popular blogging platform and, as blogging platforms go, it’s functional and not inherently bad. Some are highly inappropriate for youth and tumblr has a massive amount of pornography posted o blogs.
It is my opinion that no child or teenager should be permitted by a parent to use this app.
A new kid on the block, Burnbook has already gained notoriety.
In fairness to this app, after a start-up that included active efforts to encourage the use of the app by high school students, this company has taken steps to discourage it’s use by people under 17 and to filter bullying content.
We submitted the GPS coordinates of Mountain Brook High School and Mountain Brook Junior High and the company created a “geofence” surrounding those campuses that disables to app.
Frequent/Intense Sexual Content or Nudity.” That may not be the worst of it. The most common type of post is “Thoughts on John Doe” in which, instead of John Doe, a specific student is named at a school.
This is an invitation for others to comment on that student.
At present, there are two apps that are in extremely wide use among youth, including in Mountain Brook. It’s anonymous, specific to schools, and particularly suited to cyberbullying.
The i Tunes store rates it: “You must be 17 years old to download this app…. But, I was able to look at the feeds from several high schools.
I actually have mixed feelings about posting this one.
This app is popular among Mountain Brook youth and has been the vehicle of some significant misconduct. In fairness to the people behind this app, there is nothing inherently wicked about the concept.
A number of apps that are more or less similar to Yik Yak (see below) are popping up.