The latest popular piece of technology that’s helping teens connect online is an app called “After School,” an app created as an alternative to Facebook and Instagram. According to their app listing, After School is a “Funny Anonymous School News For Confessions & Compliments” which was created to allow teens to “express themselves without worrying about any backlash or any repercussions.”
Well, maybe not.
What parents should know is that this free app is based on the ability to verify that a person is a student at particular school before they can even use it. According to The Washington Post, “After School limits its audience to teens by requiring users to verify that they attend high school through their Facebook pages and by creating restricted message boards for each high school campus.”
After that, students are allowed to post anonymous pictures, images and comments on their school campus message board without fear of being identified because After School keeps the identity of the person posting anonymous.
And that’s where the danger lies.
Some postings have turned (as you can imagine), cyberbullying, vulgar and even threatening. Some users are also reporting that the app is being used to commit crimes like selling drugs. There have even been instances where threats on After School have led to arrests and charges.
The app creators are saying that the app currently has somewhere between 2 and 10 million users.
Are you aware of this app or do your kids use it? What practices do you have in place to ensure safety for your child when using this app? Let’s talk in the comments!