After School's one-of-a-kind features encourage positive and creative online and offline interaction. Teens can use the "Shout Out" feature to send a high-five or note of encouragement to anyone at their school. They can create polls to ask their fellow students' views on the latest trends or an issue at their high school. Teens can use the "Would You" feature when they might be afraid to approach another student in person. "Would You" helps connect students based on shared interests.
For example, Jenny (or a friend of hers) can ask "Would you get ice cream with Jenny" and mark the students she would like to get ice cream with. If one of those students says "yes," he/she will be connected with Jenny about getting ice cream. This feature has helped countless students get to know fellow students and expand their network of friends.
We take extraordinary steps to ensure a safe and secure environment for our users. This includes industry-leading identity and age verification to ensure users are a member of their stated high school, a zero tolerance policy against cyberbullying, both technical and human moderation, and a state of the art emergency notification system (FIRST) to immediately alert authorities in potentially dangerous situations.
We also provide help to teens in need through our proactive moderation and partnership with Crisis Text Line. When our moderation detects posts that suggest a user may need help, After School offers the student an immediate opportunity to connect with a professional Crisis Counselor from Crisis Text Line free of charge.
After School helps teens become involved, socially responsible adults. Through our partnership with DoSomething.org, users have opportunities to make positive social change on the issues most important to them, from efforts against cyberbullying, to boosting self-esteem. To date, tens of thousands of After School users have participated in DoSomething.org campaigns thanks to our partnership.
In today's digital era, teens too often feel pressured to appear cool, trendy, or hip by maintaining a carefully-curated digital identity. After School is different. The ability to post anonymously gives students the ability to share openly and honestly without the fear of ridicule or judgment. Each day, many teens take the opportunities to share doubts, insecurities, and questions that they wouldn't be comfortable sharing anywhere else. Regardless of whether students choose to post with their name attached or share anonymously, all users are held to After School's community guidelines and are not permitted to post harmful or inappropriate content to their school's feed.
After School is a positive and safe place just for teens to connect and share with others at their school. Students must verify their age and school to join their high school's network. These After School communities are closed networks that are only open to the students of a given school, which is different from location-based or wide open networks that allow everyone in a certain proximity to openly communicate with each other.
After School has a zero tolerance policy against bullying that is explained to users in our community guidelines and enforced through proactive moderation and user-enabled reporting. When a mean post is submitted by a student, moderation is able to prevent the message from reaching other students. When a student deems a published message to be offensive, he or she is empowered to remove it by a single click of the "report" button. This ability allows students to own and moderate their school's feed, amplifying the positive After School experience for everyone.
Posts on After School are overwhelmingly positive. Less than one percent of student posts are reported as being mean or offensive.
Threats are extremely rare on After School. We employ proactive moderation, both technical and human, to detect threats. When we detect a threat, we immediately block it from reaching the feed -- so no student other than the initial poster will view it. When we have reason to believe the safety of an individual, school, or community may be at risk, our state-of-the-art FIRST system notifies appropriate school and law enforcement authorities. We work cooperatively with law enforcement to resolve any such matters.
After School is rated 17+ in the App Store, which allows parents to hide the app by enabling general parental controls. There are several ways parents can restrict or limit access to After School:
Set Parental Restrictions on Apple Devices: Parental settings can be implemented on your child's Apple device by going to Settings -> General -> Restrictions. Or, view the Apple guide to setting restrictions on your child's phone here.
In-App Parental Controls: Parents can use After School's custom controls to monitor or restrict their child's use. They can do so by accessing the settings within their child's app, and then password protecting app settings and overall access to the app.