For Teens Only: The After School App


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Last month, The Washington Post ran an article, written by Moriah Balingit, that revealed the ins and outs of a popular new app among teens. The app is called After School. According to the article, you have to be a high school student to use the app. Parents cannot join, and therefore do not have access to monitor their children on the platform. 

The creators consider their app a resource that provides a safe and anonymous place for teens to communicate sensitive issues, such as sexuality or depression, without backlash or repercussions. Currently, over 22,300 high school campuses are represented on the app. Users post anonymously to the message board for their school. 

And while the initial intent of the app might have been positive, it has also become another platform conducive to cyber bullying. 

So how do parents manage usage of apps like After School? Here are some pointers to get you started.

1. Stay as up-to-date as you can on apps. Visit your app store regularly and peruse new and popular apps, especially for teens. Search out and review articles, such as the above referenced article in The Washington Post.

2. Keep the lines of communication open. Discuss often with your teens what is and is not appropriate when it comes to using and posting on any form of social media. 

3. Regularly monitor your child's phone use. Set limits and enforce them.

4. Use parental controls offered by cellular providers.

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