YOLO is a messaging app integrated into Snapchat that is taking the world by storm, in particular secondary school age teenagers who can't resist asking people what they really think.  The hit app enables users to receive completely anonymous messages from people who follow them on Snapchat in answer to posed questions etcetera.

As with any anonymous messaging app though it poses a not insignificant risk to young users. In particular the anonymous nature of this app and those like it presents an easy method to instigate and perpetuate bullying which can be sustained and relentless with young users particularly resistant to blocking and reporting the perpetrators. Of course because of the anonymous nature of the app it is near impossible for parents or educators to track down and punish those using the app to bully other children.

After weighing up the pros and cons, and perhaps talking with your children, you may want to block the app which can be done very easily.

How to block YOLO with your ISP

Blocking websites is very easy and almost all major internet providers offer some form of blocking functionality. These tools not only block websites, if you block the right address it can also very effectively block an app as well by preventing the "behind the scenes" connections the app makes from functioning.

To block YOLO you need to add the following URL to your internet providers block list:

onyolo.com

If you want to be a little more subtle so it doesn't block the main website as well and just disables the app, then block this URL:

api.onyolo.com

Speak to your children

Blocking websites and applications is a good tool of last resort for more minor risks such as this to ensure your children are kept safe online. It's important though to discuss these websites and applications with your children and explain to them why an app may be dangerous. Children, particularly teens, are very good at working around filtering so you need them to understand the risks these services pose so they are perhaps more inclined to heed your warning and steer clear for their own sake should they find themselves able to access the site on an internet connection you don't control.