By Associated Press - Monday, October 13, 2014

MILLER PLACE, N.Y. (AP) - School officials are cautioning parents about an app that allows anonymous postings that have been linked to recent threats against schools.

The free mobile app is called Yik Yak. It allows users to write anonymous posts of up to 200 characters that can be read within a 1.5-mile radius of their location.

The superintendent of the Miller Place school district told parents in a letter that the anonymity of the posts allowed individuals “to write comments about others that may be hurtful.”

Newsday ( ) says other schools districts also have cautioned parents about the app.

Yik Yak was launched last fall. A company spokesman says it’s intended to be restricted to users older than 17. Its website gives guidelines on how parents can block children from downloading it.


Information from: Newsday,

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2021 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide