"It's a secret world that kids are partaking in and parents don't know about it," Porter told The Plain Dealer."It's time for us to look at this situation, talk about it and figure out how we can help our kids through it." Some are common and usually harmless, like the photo-sharing service Instagram, or are chat services that are not necessarily harmful.
This handy App allows children to send private messages that their parents cannot see.
Impossible to verify the identity of someone on kik.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Rhonda Porter and other Akron school officials recently had a battle on their hands with a group of girls fighting and threatening each other.
All of it on the kik smartphone application, with no real names for any of the participants and all out of the school's control.
How it is misused: Students can post embarrassing photos of others with a caption or to make cruel or humiliating comments about a photo posted by someone else.
The victim is not notified about the photo or comments, resulting in the victim being harassed or humiliated without knowing why.
How it is misused: This App may expose our younger children (preteens) to humor that they may not be ready for.
Instead of funny captions, students can use mean or hurtful captions that can be used to bully other students.
It is not as anonymous as other apps, since it is connected to Facebook or a Google account.