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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.

Ominously, the app’s tagline says it provides “Funny anonymous school news for confessions and compliments”. That alone should be enough to set parents’ alarm bells ringing.

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We’ll soon give you five reasons why your kids shouldn’t use the app What Your Teen Doesn't Want You To Know They Use Their Phone For What Your Teen Doesn't Want You To Know They Use Their Phone For It's no secret that social media use is rampant among teenagers – but what exactly are they doing when they're staring at their phone or computer all day? Read More .

How Does the App Work?

Before we dive into the reasons, let’s take a moment to briefly look at what functions the app provides.

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The entire app revolves around anonymous and private message boards for any given school. Messages can take the form of videos 7 Reasons Snapchat is a Teenager's Favourite Social Network 7 Reasons Snapchat is a Teenager's Favourite Social Network The latest craze amongst the adults of the future is the secretive photo-sharing service Snapchat. Why do they love it? Read More , 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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Lastly, 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.

1. Bullying

The most obvious criticism of an app of this nature is the potential for bullying.

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The After School app faced massive criticism when it first launched for its inadequate cyberbullying controls. It was taken down from both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store after a slew of complaints.

It was relaunched in April 2015. It now has live moderators who review every post and tag it with the type of content it contains, along with stricter age verification controls.

2. Out of the Reach of Teachers

Teachers have always taken a somewhat parental role in the classroom; they have a duty of pastoral care to the children in their school.

That duty of care extends beyond being vigilant against bullying. If a child is struggling to keep up with their work, is depressed about their looks or weight, is suffering from problems outside of school, or is showing signs of extreme behavior, they can step in and try to help the situation.

With this app, a child’s frustrations can be taken out away from the gaze of both teachers and parents. For example, one user in Michigan claimed that they were going to bring a gun to school. It resulted in a police and FBI investigation before being eventually cleared as a hoax. The comment’s author was never uncovered.

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In the wake of such problems, After School implemented a new service called FIRST. It aims to monitor social media to detect threats and alert authorities. It isn’t fool-proof, but it’s a step in the right direction.

3. Age/School Verification

Yes, there are stricter controls in place in terms of verifying a user’s age and school A Simple Guide To Set Up Your School On Facebook A Simple Guide To Set Up Your School On Facebook Read More – but the main tool for the verifications is still Facebook.

This is clearly a recipe for disaster. Children can easily lie about their credentials on Zuckerberg’s network – it already has a problem with underage users. This could potentially grant them access to the message boards of friends’ (or enemies’) schools where they could wreak anonymous havoc.

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More worrying, however, is the potential for adults to pose as children and gain access. It would take most Internet-savvy people less than five minutes to create a fake Facebook profile that purports to be a 15-year-old school-goer. Add a few people from the school you want to target and you’d presumably be given access.

4. Personal Details

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Once again, this comes back to the usage of Facebook. The app’s website says “We use your friends, education, and location information [to verify your school]”. Why should the app be given so much information about a minor’s personal life 10 Social Mobile Apps That Breach Your Teenager's Privacy 10 Social Mobile Apps That Breach Your Teenager's Privacy Your children have become proto-adults, beginning to grow up. Like their friends, they spend a lot of time using smartphones, tablets and computers in a way you could only dream of. Read More ? It’s creepy.

Even if they aren’t using the details for nefarious (read: money-making) purposes, what happens if their servers are hacked? All the app’s anonymity is lost in a heartbeat.

5. Impersonation

Just because a user needs to provide their Facebook credentials to verify their school, it doesn’t mean that once they have access to the app they cannot impersonate someone else.

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Even their own marketing images highlight a potential nightmare, with an address for a party given out to everybody. Who is inviting people to this party? Is there even a party? Do these hosts even know there’s going to be gatecrashers arriving? Who would want their child’s address given out like this?

In an interview with The Washington Post, Mya Bianchi, a 15-year-old attendee of Ionia High School in central Michigan, said the following:

“At first it was people saying nice things and complimenting others, and then it turned into bullying. A user posted my phone number along with instructions to contact me for photos, a message that was punctuated by a winking smiley face and icons of a camera and a bikini. After receiving harassing messages, I had to change my number.”

Would you want your kid exposed to that?

What Concerns Do You Have?

The app’s developer is trying hard to present a friendly and open image. A visit to the app’s homepage shows a several videos in which students espouse the virtues of the app with quotes such as “I like After School because unlike other social media, I’ve only seen nice things”, “After School is probably the best app on the marketplace”, and “I like After School better than Facebook because everything is anonymous”.

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There are clearly issues though – a quick search on Google will reveal a mountain of negative press and quotes from concerned parents.

If you’re a parent and your kid uses the app, we’d love to hear from you. Has your child encountered problems while using it? Are you concerned by some of the points we raise in the article? Or perhaps you think the problems are overblown and there is nothing to worry about?

You can leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below.

Image Credits:school girls running outdoor by dotshock via Shutterstock

  1. Oliver
    December 5, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I have this app and it might just be my school but I've never seen any bullying going on, 90% of the content is just "I wish so-and-so was single, he's so cute" or teens being angsty. I personally haven't seen any problems with it.

  2. star
    November 29, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    My daughter just showed me her school's "after school" app and students are cotingnon who has the smallest penis, comments are being made about like girls back ends and chests and the gifs that automatically show with whatnsomeone writes are sexual from spanking to dogs getting it on.

    I didn't much positive and if it was there it was overshadowed by crude and rude comments, put downs, sexism, judging comments about looks, very sexual and crude gifs pictures etc. "and its anonymous"

  3. K.
    November 16, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I have never even heard of this app, let alone downloaded it. I got a text saying an anonymous boy chose (my name) with the heart face next to it. I want to know how the heck this app got my personal information. I want my information out of it now. Someone explain please.

    • Jade
      November 27, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      I got a text from a random number similar to that too and decided to look around to see how I got a text. So when you download the app it asks for your location, most people would think nothing of it seeing as many social media things require somthing of that sort. Next to actually view the posts, the app asks for your Facebook information to check if you actually go to that's school. This is where I think it gets pretty sketchy. When it asks for your Facebook, not only does it want your name, your location, but also your profile picture and things like that. To see what the app was like I put in my fake Facebook which I use to sign up for things because I don't like to give out personal info. Once I signed in it had two checkmarks (sort of like the agree to conditions or let public people see the info.) Not only did it want your name, but also your pictures, friends, practically every ounce of information that could be on your account. Creepy. But it's not over. It then asks for your phone contacts and I'm sure you know where that's heading. So probably someone you know, most likely a fellow schoolmate who got entranced by the mystic message decided to give the app a whirl and see who the 'oh-so-mysterious boy' who tagged her in a post was and gave away her info, and that my friend, is why you got the text. But the creepiness doesn't quite stop there, no, not yet. The app supposedly contains some more 'mature content' and the only way to access that is to (drum roll please) let them scan your ID. No, you didn't read that wrong, let's just give that information a moment to settle in. Many of the posts are fake and fabricated to lure the downloaded so they can get more information and spread their app, sort of like a virus, if you ask me. If someone or some people can possibly hack into the app, the valuable information of mostly under aged teenagers could be at risk to be in the hands of some sick creep. Yep. Though I only now saw this forum, and and probably two weeks late to respond, I hope you didn't fall into the clutches of the After School app.

  4. Babz
    November 16, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Actually I use this app and I get mild attention from boys and a girl and its really not bad (It's a little new and odd) however I thought I'd get the app to go and say some things like about my crush and how I feel about them but I started to get people writing the things they would do to me and people comparing my body with other girl's and I deleted the app after a while of it because to think people I talk to daily think those things is really awful and while it is a nice place for anonamously chatting I don't recommend. (this is coming from a teenager).

    • Spotlizard
      November 26, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      Pretty much every post is made by a computer to discourage bullying... it very probable nobody was saying anything about you at all.

  5. Jo
    November 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Is there a way to have your child's name removed from the app?

  6. Jo
    November 8, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Is there anyway to have my daughters name removed from the app? I don't have it but all her friends tell her there are inappropriate posts using her first and last name. What can I do?

  7. Rylan
    November 5, 2016 at 5:10 am

    I just got text messages from this random number saying someone had tagged me in a post from my school. Thing is, I don't have Facebook, nor have I ever downloaded this app. Anyone else with this situation?

  8. Wendy
    October 30, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    They don't verify anything. I'm a mom of a teen and wanted to monitor the app. I added my child's high school to my profile, (right under where it said i graduated in 89), and they let me on. Anyone can pose as a student. The app also posts pictures from you Facebook to the app without permission. No one knew I was on yet pictures from my facebook were posted. This is highly dangerous and should not be allowed for anyone!!

  9. Brandon
    October 23, 2016 at 1:30 am

    As a student I have found inappropriate content on this app. For those who simultaneously say the app is good could tell their child/children to at least be more cautious with what they post. As for it being anonymous I post very little just in case.

  10. Marty
    October 21, 2016 at 12:15 am

    My son got a message to ditch school with a girl that was a good match. This app is a very risky scenerio waiting to happen. No one knows who is on the other end....stalker, etc. DO NOT USE THIS APP!!!! Keep your kids away from it!

  11. Nicole Kwasnick
    October 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Luckily, my child does not use this app. In fact, she calls it "a dangerous stage for bullies to perform." She has, however, witnessed the pain and distraction it can cause. One of her best friends is currently distracted and, understandably, anxious about repeated posts from an anonymous admirer. I guess these days of actual flirting are gone. This is just plain creepy. There is nothing admirable about this app and for you to promote it as altruistic is disgusting.

  12. Lori Fippin
    October 12, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I am a mother of a teenager who views the app. It tells about her as people using it uses actually names and says they really want to do the deed to her!! Not cool!! There were 23 likes saying that. She is not a piece of you know what to be talked about like that and everyone can view it.

  13. Steven Miller
    October 6, 2016 at 1:34 am

    I am a concerned parent My child approached me and asked me to check the site to see if it is appropriate. I checked it out. I was appalled at the graphic sexual nature of the content posted. My daughter's school is suuposed to be a private christain school. I'm currently on the site posing as a student. I'm working with administrators, screen shooting the messages, and sending them to the staff. This site should be pulled off the marked soon.

    • Joann
      November 8, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      is there anyway to have my daughters name removed from the app? She's not on it but have been told many inappropriate posts about her using first and last name?
      Thanks any info appreciated

      • Tom
        December 1, 2016 at 11:16 pm

        I googled contact after school and there is an area there to report problems. Whether they fix the problems or not, I don't know yet as I only reported an issue minutes ago.

  14. C
    October 2, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    I'm a 9th grade student, and I got a text message from this site. The number contacted me saying, "An anonymous boy picked (my first name) on (apple store download link)." I worry how my first name got discovered... along with my number being tagged in with it. It's extremely scary. I don't put my number out there on the internet for everybody to see, so that means somebody leaked it to them somehow. Many of my friends are having this issue.

    • JL
      October 8, 2016 at 12:17 am

      my wife got a text saying samething wit my daughter's name the leak must be from the school thats only way they could have gotten it

    • S
      October 10, 2016 at 3:32 am

      My son got the same message and he's 12, no Facebook message. He's scared and I'm concerned.

    • Anon
      October 17, 2016 at 3:11 am

      The reason they have you name is because to verify your school you must select people from your contacts and they will send them a message. They use the contact name that is on there. For example is someone clicked the constant that said "Bestie" the app would send a message saying "An anonymous boy picked Bestie on (the link to the app)". Just wanted to let you know so you can stop worrying.

  15. HowSmart
    September 28, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    My wife's phone is linked to my daughter's and received a text today from this piece of shit app that "an anonymous boy has picked up your daughter" some sort of fake abduction message which terrified her an led to a half-hour chase down to find my daughter who was fine. If the person responsible were in front of me now, I would break his f*#@*g nose.

  16. Nas
    September 25, 2016 at 6:59 am

    The funny thing is you parents think you actually have control in situations like this. Dan Price, you know nothing, yet you spew out bullshit so professionally. Props to you :|

    • Brandon
      October 23, 2016 at 1:32 am

      You could have at least posted more politely and be more careful on the app.

  17. Abbey Road
    September 24, 2016 at 3:42 am

    I am a student and i received a text from a random number saying that some anonymous boy has a crush on me and some stuff. My boyfriend and i downloaded it to try and find out who, we are terribly confused and worried. Is there anyone who knows how we can figure it out?

    • Brittany Martin
      September 25, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      I had the same text and it made me so worried. I had to text my friend to log in and see what was actually posted. Of corse it was a crappy thing.

    • Brittany Martin
      September 25, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Yeah. I had the same text.
      It worried me and I texted my friend.
      I got the app and realized that you need facebook and had to have her log in for me.

  18. Anne
    September 19, 2016 at 2:54 am

    My daughter does not want any part of AfterSchool, yet she continues to get texts asking her to join. None of her friends admit to giving up her number; all suspect the app accesses your contacts and spams your friends. This horrible app represents everything that is wrong with the tech industry and needs to go away.

  19. Cher
    September 18, 2016 at 6:47 am

    I am a parent and have serious concerns with this app. My daughter, who is in 9th grade, received a text invite to download the app. She did not download the app but a friend of hers did. In the single day that the friend accessed the app there was a post that my 13 year old daughter wanted guys to "sandwich" her.

    These app creators are either extremely naive that their app would only be used for good or actually have malicious intent! Adolescents have a difficult time understanding how online behavior can have serious consequences, but you add anonymity and it is a sure fire recipe for cyber bullying! The app even has an line when students sign up that states "don't use this app for bullying, okay guys." How ridiculous is that!!!

  20. Nikki
    September 16, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    I am looking for Michael Callahan, CEO of One, Inc. And creator of the After School app. I have court papers to serve him.

    • Brittany Martin
      September 25, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      This app needs to go away.
      I'm 15 and had some nasty messages send to me.

  21. Alyson
    September 15, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    I am a user of After School, and have been for about a month now. I'm a freshman in high school. I found out about After School when I was at a sleepover with my cousin. We both downloaded the app, eager to see what was being said, maybe even about us. I just moved to my high school, so I don't know a lot of people besides my friends. I'm nowhere near popular or 'interesting,' which personally is the way I like it. My old school which my cousin goes too, is way bigger than my new school, which means more people on hers. When I first logged in, I began to read some of the posts. I saw some X-Rated stuff, but only things like, 'I heard Chance has a big...' With a grapefruit emoji. And then, 'If I could, I'd,' insert finger emojis, 'Emma J.' Of course, that doesn't bother me very much, but only because it's not explicitly saying what they want to do, they're only implying. I have seen no bullying, only confessions. I've had two posts about me, actually, saying that they wished they could get to know me better, and that they have a crush on me, with the hashtag, #crushingishard. Of course, I was flattered. I only wish I knew who it was. I have posted on the app, saying, 'Currently coughing my lungs out,' when I went home early sick as I don't know what, and 'crushing on a guy in my English class.' But, then again, my high school is very focused on academics and sports. That's what my school is known for: it's outstanding academic scores. But other schools, like my old one, are far more, 'ghetto' if I may say, and probably do bully. Until I see a post even hinting at bullying, I won't delete the app. My parents actually read this article once they saw I had the app, but after going on and looking through the posts, they found it wasn't as bad as a lot of people are making it out to be. I have promised my parents and myself, that if I do see a post that is bad in anyway, that I will immediately delete the app, and contact my school depending on the severeness of the situation. ((I have been told by multiple teachers and doctors that I am very mature for my age, and that I understand things more easily than others, so maybe it's just easier for me to speak up than others. I'd never even think about undermining or hurting someone else with words or physical brutality.)) Anyways, sorry for the long post, I just wanted to let some parents or people who'd want to know more about After School have awareness. (((Also, regarding the text problem, I did have to click on names that go to my school in order to gain access to my school's posts. After School did say the people I clicked would receive a text asking if I actually went. I can't exactly elaborate further since I've not received a text myself.)

    • Brandon
      October 23, 2016 at 2:09 am

      1.I respect ur opinion and will consider it.
      2.I can see why people consider you mature.

  22. MG
    September 11, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    My daughter does not have a Facebook account due to the fact that we are part of a program to keep our location confidential and yet she received a text saying some anonymous boy had 'selected' her. Not knowing how the app works I simply contacted them about the fact that some boy had selected her and told them to remove any and all information about her. They responded back with a typical public relations answer about how safe their app is and how the boy in question just selected her from his own phone contacts to prove that he attends school with her. The seriously confusing part of this is that the school the boy listed is not the same school my daughter attends. And because it's all anonymous there's no way to contact that person to find out who it actually is.

    After reading more about the app I find the whole idea of the app appalling. And what's actually horrifying to me is that kids think it's fine and 'normal' for anonymous people to be giving out other people's contact information to prove who they are. When my daughter told her friends about the text they just said, "Yeah, I get those all the time, it's no big deal." Why is this okay? It's not. It's not okay for the site to even be asking for such information. What happened to having enough respect for people to ask them to vouch for you without handing out their personal information without permission?

    Does anyone know if there's a group looking to shut the app down? I would gladly join their efforts!

    • teenagerL
      September 12, 2016 at 4:13 am

      I just received a message like the one your daughter got MG... That's why I checked in here... Thanks for that.

    • MG
      September 13, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      TeenagerL, I wanted to know reponding with STOP to these texts would prevent my daughter from being selected by anyone else looking to use this app. This is a quote from the 'Head of Security' in regards to my question, "Responding with STOP will prevent further confusion. This does not mean that the person was successful in verifying. In fact, as your daughter does not attend this school, it is likely that the individual failed to verify."

      How is that a clear answer?! These people obviously are looking to get around answering direct questions with direct answers, and the only reason to do that would be to avoid setting themselves up for legal problems.

    • Nikki
      September 16, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      I'm looking for the creator, Michael Callahan CEO of One, Inc. I have court papers to serve him.

  23. Concerned mom
    September 9, 2016 at 3:21 am

    My daughter is being bullied on this app. I wish there was something I could do. I contacted the app support, they said they would ban and block users who were participating but anyone can make another facebook and go back on this app. This is ridiculous. I'm so sick of these types of social media where there is no control and are used to harrass and disparage others. My chikd deleted the app but people still tell her what is being said. I'm thinking of a lawsuit, if anyone else is interested in legal action and would like to pursue this with me. Post a comment. I'm not sure about leaving my email here. Thanks

    • MG
      September 11, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      My daughter doesn't have this app, but received one of those texts saying some anonymous boy had selected her. That alone makes me afraid for what's going on with this app. Asking minors to give out others' contact information is bad enough, but from what you and many others are saying, the whole idea of everything being 'anonymous,' all of it being away from the eyes and ears of teachers and parents, and the lack of safety and control measures... All of that is just asking for so much drama and trouble that these kids really don't need to be engaging in!

    • Pissed off mama
      September 14, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      My son was excited to show me this app because he thought that it was cool someone said he was "hot". But it quickly turned into a group of kids making fun of him and impersonating him in order to try and humiliate him. The whole idea of this app seems absolutely like a horrible idea. Let's create a space where adolescents who are generally self centered and not thinking about what weight their words my put onto another person, can Anonymously talk shit about another person! Absolutely stupidity.
      I had my son delete this app, no space for this type of garbage. He's a great person and doesn't need to be made to feel less than that because of some stupid kids. I hope other parents will do the same, or be a real parent and make sure their kid isn't the jerk saying mean things to others. Disgusting!!!!

    • Nikki
      September 16, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      I'm suing the creator of this app, Michael Callahan CEO of One, Inc.

      • Tom
        December 1, 2016 at 11:21 pm

        Good!

    • Concerned mom
      September 19, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks for the comments. My cold deleted this app but allowed me to log on. I suggest parents do this, but then delete it,...I was shocked and horrified by what was on thete. They must post a gif picture image with every post. They might say so and so is hot, but then the picture will be something disgusting, so everyone knows it's funny or meant to hurt someone. They talk about students who aren't even on the app, and students rate others. There is nothing useful about the app. So many sexualized images. I don't know. Basically they said horrible things on there about my child's appearance and supposed sexual orientation. Thank you for the name of the person to sue.

    • Brandon
      October 23, 2016 at 2:13 am

      I'm sure thing will work out. If not then ask around? Best advice I can give.

  24. Deb
    August 16, 2016 at 8:00 am

    My son had someone post something with his name, not as anonymously. And are screen shotting to everyone. He did not even have the app. They are trying to ruin his credibility. How do I handle this?

  25. MZ
    June 25, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Just found out today that sexual comments are being posted about my daughter. I can't seem to find a way to report it. So much for the live moderator.

    • C.P
      August 24, 2016 at 11:52 pm

      You can report the post itself in the bottom left of it, but I'm not sure how well the function is working.

    • Tom
      December 1, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      Google contact after school app

  26. Ms.Lynn
    June 5, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    my daughter is being bullied on this app also. The school and police are conducting an investigation as to who posted the info. I think parents should have to approve the accounts by sending a copy of their drivers license, phone number and email contact . This way parents can be held accountable or notified when their child is posting inappropriate things. however I also hold AFTER SCHOOL, responsible for not screening the posts. Just FACEBOOK can delete post or lock your account, there should be some accountability here.

    My daughter was very upset and hurt.
    We immediately sought professional help.
    most of all family and friend support.
    The school is taking this seriously as is the authorities

    • MR
      September 17, 2016 at 3:11 am

      Guys it's high school people are going to get bullied no matter what. Our children are going to have to learn to deal with bullies for the rest of their life. Bulling doesn't happen just in school. I think the best thing to do, is to delete the app. If they can't see the messages it can't hurt them not knowing what other people are saying.

      • C
        October 2, 2016 at 11:54 pm

        People will always experience bullying in one way or another. I agree with you on that, but that does not mean that we should just sit here and do nothing. Not everybody is going to 'learn' from cyber bullying. I think this app needs deleted.

      • Brandon
        October 23, 2016 at 2:18 am

        Nice point. I have the app just to see what drama of sorts is occurring. As for me, I'm unpopular so nobody posts about me.

  27. isabella mia
    June 5, 2016 at 2:23 am

    its a fun app, if people dont know how avoid this, then they should delete the app. this is my opinion. if kids dont know how to use it then they shouldnt be on it, its as simple as that. if someone bullies, take a screenshot of it, tell someone and or uninstall the app, duh

    • #### #####
      June 7, 2016 at 2:21 am

      No the app shouldn't be a thing i went through it and realized the app has full administrative privileges over text messages and can read through them sift through it before then posting it itself as gossip. The app also uses gps location services 24/7 and can see where you live, and where you are at certain times. I was able to reverse engineer it into a location service so i could watch everyone at my school and their every move. All i did was load it onto a bricked laptop with an android emulator on a disc and did my work from there.

      • C.P
        August 24, 2016 at 11:53 pm

        Well that's... insane.

    • Why you lying?
      September 15, 2016 at 3:37 am

      #### #### that's also a load of crap, you wouldn't be able to run an android emulator on a bricked laptop. Secondly regardless of reverse engineering it, you wouldn't have access to the system itself thereby you wouldn't have access to people's gps locations. Just stop.

    • Concerned mom
      September 19, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      So you don't think the things said on the app aren't turning into real lifevproblens at school? Grow up. It's all cool until it's you that this is being done to you, or someone you care about.

  28. jessica Bartmess
    May 25, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    My daughter told me this morning that someone has posted sexual comments about her and a boy from her school, making it look like she herself had made the post. This is a terrible app, these kids need to learn how to have personal interactions and the true impact of their behaviours. I am a little afraid for where our society is headed

    • Ooog
      June 10, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Damn Q chill out

  29. LR
    May 23, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Someone set up a fake profile using my daughter's name and the profile includes pictures of sexual positions and filthy language. How can we delete this profile/ account?

    • #### #####
      June 7, 2016 at 2:23 am

      As of my current knowledge the best way is to report the account, but only 7 people run the app so the chances of it being removed are slim to none. Watch your kids and don't let them do this. Also the app has full gps location services and I managed to reverse engineer it to view every kids location from my school in real time. Imagine if a paedo figured it out.

  30. Izza
    May 22, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Regardless of the creator's intentions, this app has become nothing more than an easy playground for bullies, away from the eyes of teachers and parents. At the VERY least, parents should be given access and parental permission should be required to download the app. I only found out about this app 2 days ago. My 14-year old came to me extremely upset because a bunch of gutless jerks at her school were calling her a whore, a slut, saying she was ugly, that their goal in high school is to f**k her (exact quote, not me cursing). I will be filing a complaint with the app's homepage, and I will also be contacting her school about this with screenshots. Plain and simple, this app makes it easy to be a bully. It's easy to have the guts to talk smack when you don't have to put your name. The problem is that words CAN and DO hurt, regardless of the "sticks and stones" saying. I imagine it has happened already, numerous times, but if not, it's only a matter of time before some jerk kid mounts a campaign against another kid that results in someone getting beaten up, or even worse, results in the suicide of a student.

  31. Blue
    May 14, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Blue again, I just checked the reviews on the app store. This app is a scam, it has you verify that you go to a certain high school through facebook, but then it says there was a problem and it can't. It has you go through your contacts and choose those who also go to your school as an alternative form of verification. The text message both my friend and I received was not because something had been said about us on the app, but a notification that someone had used our contacts to verify their age -- but in the form of clickbait to get you to download the app. Several reviews also mentioned that a lot of the posts were completely identical, and more than a little creepy. The reviews said that this app basically had the same things posted over and over again, and in more than one school's feed. I wouldn't trust this app.

    • Mom
      September 7, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      There is absolutely no safety in this app. My son received a text last night saying he had been "picked". Of course, he then wanted to check it out because his friends did. So....I did what I do. Downloaded it, signed in on a different Facebook, where I'm def not a student or of age to be a student. It then asked me to verify by picking from contact list. Funny thing about this, not all of the people were in my contacts but I knew who they were. Obviously the app adds in everyone else's contacts. I realize now that these people will get the same text my son got last night.

      You scroll through, see peoples post. In between are ads and video clips and pics. BTW one pic was a of a friend and her husband. I'm guessing pulled from her child's Facebook page. One video was of dude getting off between chicks boobs. Yeah, I'm sure you parents wants your kids seeing that. HARDLY age appropriate!! Most posted we're I like so and so, I wish so and so would talk to me, so and so is hot, etc. Then there were the she makes me hard (emoji used), I'd like to do her (emoji) hard, high school goals.. do so and so.

      Pretty sure mines going to have to skip through life without this. For the kid who thinks this is fun....uuhh yeah, if you have no real life. This is pointless and absolutely nothing is "anonymous". " Proving" that youre a student in chosen school consists of picking people from a list that aren't even on my contact list. This app has pulled your contacts, pictures, video, it has permission for everything! And its using it.

      • Brandon
        October 23, 2016 at 2:24 am

        Some stuff is inappropriate. But one can't say whether or not this app gains access to everything. Do prove ur claims please.

  32. Blue
    May 14, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I had no idea what this app was until I got a text message from a number that I didn't recognize saying an anonymous boy had "picked" me, and it used my full name. There was a link included in the text but I didn't open it in fear of a virus or scam. I have never used the app or even heard of it before now, but the fact that it knew my name and number anyway is very concerning. A friend of mine received a similar message about herself, but she hasn't used the app either. If it is from the actual app and not a scam, this raises a lot of suspicion. (Especially when the app's website says that safety and security is "Our Priority All Day, Every Day")

    • Sam
      May 23, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      I too, got that text message and it was very creepy for sure. I had never heard of the app before, and was very worried as to how they got my information. Mine said that an anonymous boy had 'picked' me as well, but it is very worrisome, I don't like it, and will never use the app.

  33. Ginger
    April 5, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    I just learned of this app last night as my 17 y/o daughter tried to explain it to me while she was in tears telling me about how another girl from her school kept posting comments directed to or about my daughter and her boyfriend. Because it's anonymous, this girl can post whatever she wants. While I understand that teenagers will always have some sort of drama, what bothered my daughter the most was that it was public and everyone from her school (that was on the app) could see that it was clearly another girl openly flirting with her, my daughter's, boyfriend. I don't see the point of it being anonymous. It just allows the kids to openly attach each other without direct confrontation. Meanwhile, those kids that are being attacked are going to grow paranoid by trying to figure out who is on the other end of those posts. That isn't right. Who would create such an app?! It's like purposely sending your kids blindfolded into a room to get punched in the belly by people they can't identify. It will be the cause of future mental problems in our teens. It needs to go away!!!! PERMANENTLY!!!

    • User
      May 22, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      The exact same thing happened to me! I don't know what's going on.

  34. Thomas
    April 4, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    My concern about this app as a a teenage students was the fact that this app was mostly full of fake "confessions". People's name were spelled exactly as their facebook profile name, but no one at our school calls them by this. It started to get repetitive and the messages made no sense sometimes.

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