Features — 29 January 2016
Features: New anonymous app brings about concern

The latest buzz among the student body of Rock Creek has been the app “Afterschool.”

This app allows high school students to confess their thoughts without any repercussions due to the ability to post anonymously. Most of the posts are love confessions to other students, but if the user is able to provide a driver’s license code, he or she is able to turn on the “explicit” content. This is when the app can become degrading.

“One of the teachers actually reported it [“Afterschool”] to me, because a student had approached her and told her that there was this app that was saying all these terrible things and that people were posting inappropriate content,” network administrator Bobby Davis said. “And, she just wanted to bring it to somebody’s attention.”

Davis downloaded the app to be able to block it on the school’s servers. Once it was blocked, he deleted the app, and it seems like Davis is not the only one deleting the app.

“I deleted it awhile back, but when I did use it, I was just kind of curious about what people were saying about me,” junior Blake Ruder said.

This seemed to be the only reason students were, and still may be, downloading this app; students are curious about what their classmates think of them. This is when the app can become dangerous and could be considered cyberbullying if a student is offended by the content a fellow classmate posted.

“[I believe Afterschool could be considered cyberbullying] because some of the stuff that is put on there is just rude,” junior Rachel Forge said. “It’s people hiding behind their computers. I think that we all bring each other down too much. It’s just a dumb app.”

Article by Kitrina Miller, newspaper editor in chief

Screenshot courtesy of iTunes App Store

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