Whether your kids are old enough to have seen Mean Girls yet or not, you have probably heard of the original Burn Book made famous by the movie. It's a physical book filled with anonymous insults, rumors, and gossip written by high school girls.
Well, that fictional book that took bullying to an entirely new level has become a reality in digital form — the free, downloadable Burnbook app that plenty of kids across the country are already using.
Here's how it works: You download the app onto your iOS or Android phone, and then based on your location, the app will find the "communities" (schools) closest to you. You can then view the feed of posts in your community or create your own posts about any topic. The app's description suggests "Jokes, fails, wins, sightings, shout outs, revelations, proclamations, and confessions — they all happen on Burnbook. Together, we can keep a secret. Without further interruption, welcome to the future of social networking."
But as you can imagine, Burnbook is not exactly being used to promote fun, positive information. Here's what parents need to know about how kids are really using the app.