We talked to the parent to see if we could get some evidence of the social media piece. She couldn't for a couple of valid reasons but one was that the posts disappear over time and are entirely anonymous. She mentioned a newish social media app entitled Yik Yak, so I looked into it.
The point of the App is to have a direct feed of all the people on Yik Yak who are in a 1.5 mile radius around you and as the advertisements say, there are, "No profiles, no passwords, it's all anonymous."
Interestingly enough Huffington Post posted an article on Yik Yak recently. Two points stood out for me.
One of the creators, Tyler Droll, didn't think that "high schoolers were mature enough to use it". Obviously they hadn't thought that through. Due to trickle down effect it's being used by High School and Elementary students. .
As far as I'm concerned Tyler Droll, and fellow creator, Brooks Buffington, have created the perfect bullying app. Where is the sense of responsibility in the creation and availability of this app? If they had any sense of responsibility they would go the way of Flappy Bird with it.
On a final note, please be aware of this App in your schools and in your homes. It is emotionally and socially damaging.