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KEEPING UP WITH APPS
Keeping up with all the new trendy apps can be a full time job! áKaren Haase, an attorney with KSB School Law in Lincoln, is an expert on the various apps out there being used by students. áHasse regularly speaks at schools to warn students about certain apps and their dangers. áHasse recently shared a number of apps which she finds could be of concern for student use if they are use improperly. áSome of these apps can be very innocent and even educational at times, but unfortunately, many are being used for inappropriate and often dangerous things. áThese apps are list below. áIf is always a good idea for parents to be aware of what apps their children have on their mobile devices. áAgain, please be aware that if used properly, many of these apps are very innocent, but Karen Haase warns parents to be sure they understand the dangers of them too.

SNAPCHAT: áUsers can send pictures through snapchat that "disappear" after a few seconds. áHowever, the receiver can screen shot anything they receive and keep the image. áIn addition, snapchat has added the ability to send money to other snapchatáusers. áUnfortunately, some users are asking other users to do inappropriate things in order to send them money.

OMEGLE: áOmegle allows users to do random chat with strangers. áThis chat can include live video streaming. áThe video is not recorded and therefore, users feel sage streaming inappropriate material. áHaase was very concerned about this app.

MEERKAT: áMeerkat is a live streaming and conversation app. áUsers can connect this to Twitter. áMeerkat is sometimes used in classrooms for video streaming of teacher lectures; however, it can also be used to broadcast inappropriate content.

PERISCOPE: áPeriscope is a living streaming video app. áIt is completely public to all users. áAny user can look at any other user's videos. áIt allows replay of the videos also. áPeriscope was recently used at the spring game for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. áHasseápredicts that Periscope is going to be a very popular app.

KIK: áKik is a messenger app. áIt combines texting with social networking. áThere is very little privacy in Kik and users can send pictures messages to each other.

VINE: áVine is an app where users can make a six second looping videos. áWhile many are innocent and often quite entertaining, some users are creating sexually explicit videos to post to vine.

YIK YAK: áYik Yak users can post comments to a public wall that is dependent upon your geographic location. áUsers will see all comments made by others in the same geographical area. áUsers can "upvote" or "downvote" any post. áIf a post has a -6 rating in votes, it will disappear. áThe app allows users to post anonymously; however, recent threats made at both UNKáand York High School quickly led to the culprit as YikáYak administration is very cooperative about divulging the identity of its posters if they post something illegal. áUnfortunately, Yik Yak is often used to spreak gossip and often used to bully others.
MAPS Testing at MHS
We will begin MAPS testing next week (May 4th through 6th) for all sophomores. áThis takes the place of PLAN test that we used to give.
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