You may or may not know about the new phone app Yik Yak, which allows individuals to send text messages anonymously. Posts can be especially vicious and hurtful since there is no way to trace their source and they can be disseminated quickly and widely. This is a breeding ground for cyber-bullying and could potentially have a negative impact on our school culture. This "cute" Yak logo is not so cute in reality. In fact, I will ask students not to partake in using this or any other app that promotes this behavior and instead, continue to uphold the positive BUGC Expectations we all pride ourselves with.
I would also like for our parents know about this app and know that technology has blocked this site on the BESD 53 network. Please be aware that even though the app is blocked on our network, students can still access the app through their cellular network. Additionally, I ask that parents have a heart to heart conversation with your son / daughter about best practices and responsibility when using social media.
The goal is that together we are able to use this as a learning opportunity for students on how their behavior and choices impact others and their own future within a digital world. Please consider deleting the Yik Yak app from any device in your family and review the apps on your child's phone. Together, we can continue to make Bourbonnais Upper Grade Center a safe place for students to learn and collaborate with their peers.