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Can you remember what it was like to be in school? Arguments over who had the most expensive trainers, teachers complaining about your haircut or dress sense, and endless amounts of playground gossip.
The latter of those three—playground gossip—moved into the 21st century in November 2014 with the launch of the After School app on iOS and Android.
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Ominously, the app’s tagline says it provides “funny anonymous school news for confessions and compliments”. That alone should be enough to set alarm bells ringing.
Let’s take a closer look and why parents shouldn’t let their kids use the After School app.
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How Does the After School App Work?
The After School app revolves around anonymous and private message boards for any given school. Messages can take the form of videos, pictures, or regular text. Anyone in a school can see all the messages posted, and users are not identifiable in any way unless they reveal personal details within a message.
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Users need to sign-up with Facebook. This enables the app to verify which school users attend based off their profile information and their friends.
The most obvious criticism of an app of this nature is the potential for bullying.
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