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New app being used as tool to cyberbully teens

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — A popular app is being blamed for a surge in cyber bullying incidents at schools across the country.

It’s only a few months old and Yik Yak is making quite the splash. Unfortunately, it’s not the good kind.

The app which bills itself as a “local bulletin board” allows users within a 1.5 mile radius  to write whatever they want and share it, without ever being identified.

Developers initially sought to connect strangers through news, shout outs or activity happening in a particular vicinity.

Since teens got a hold of Yik Yak, it seems to be doing more bad than good.

Parents in Connecticut were notified that the app was being used as a tool to taunt students, fueling cyber bullying, sexual harassment and threats of violence.

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Last month a bomb threat posted on Yik Yak sparked a lockdown at San Clemente High School in Orange County, California.

In Chicago, schools were quick to ban the app from being used on any of their networks after it showed to be a distraction and tool used to promote hate among students.

In wake of all the incidents, the developers finally took action this week, banning the app’s use at over 130,000 school campuses across the Unites States.

In a statement to PIX11 News, developers said they have “geo-fenced almost all primary and secondary schools and turned the app to 17+ in stores to ensure the user base is age appropriate and parents can easily block the app on their children’s phones.”

Developers hope the application could be used as a tool to connect and not ostracize users in the future.