We recently learned about the new App for smart phones called “After School.” It’s an app that allows students to anonymously post about sensitive issues. However, many fear that the app may be used for bullying. This article from the Washington Post is how we found out about the app.
After reviewing the new update posted by the developers, we think they have taken a lot of steps to make the app safer. Some of these include 24/7 moderating, an emergency notification system, community guidelines, and the ability for students to remove harmful content. To join your school’s anonymous community, the app uses Facebook and your friends on Facebook to identify that you are friends with other students who belong to your school. If you want to see any sexual or profane content, you have to prove you are over 17 and scan your driver’s license. Still, adolescents are smart, and there are likely ways to hack the system.
What do you think about these updates? Does it make the app safe? Do you know people who use the app? Tell us about it!
The role of technology in the lives of teenagers is important for researchers to understand, especially for a project like SOVA. The Pew Research Center released some very interesting statistics from a pool of 1060 teens aged 13-17 years old from across the United States- investigating their use of social media.
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The results, unsurprisingly, showed that more than half of teens (56%) are online several times a day. As far as what teens are doing when they are online the survey showed that they are using social media, with Facebook being the most popular website (71%) followed by Instagram (52%) and Snapchat (41%). The study also found that 71% of teens are using more than one social network which is great news for SOVA as we try to integrate our site into the online lives of teens and young adults.
The Pew Research Center will soon be releasing the data they collected from parents of teens – which will be valuable for helping us understand how parents use social media for WiseSOVA.
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