After School - Funny Anonymous School News for Confessions & Compliments

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Live moderators help, but anonymous messaging still iffy.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of play

Simple format allows easy scrolling. Sign-up requires linking to Facebook account, which verifies user has friends at chosen school and is the right age. To access mature content, teens must scan the back of their state-issued ID cards to prove they're over 17.

Violence

The background image shows a car blowing up. Selections for meme images include some violence and gore.

Sex

Background image is a woman's body in a bikini. Meme images include sexual innuendo. Content is moderated for users under 17, and objectionable posts will be censored or hidden.

Language

Posts are reviewed before going live, and offensive language is filtered. Teens (or parents, if teens give them access) can set up custom word filters to have more words blocked. 

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Posts about drinking, drugs, and smoking are hidden from users under 17 by live moderators.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that After School - Funny Anonymous School News for Confessions & Compliments uses kids' Facebook profiles to verify they're students at a specific high school before granting access to the school's page within the app. From there, teens see images and posts created anonymously by other students or can create anonymous posts themselves. The app was removed from the app store after complaints from school administrators about bullying incidents and has since been updated with moderation and tighter age-verification. A live moderator reviews every post and tags each with the type of content it contains. Teens 13 and up can register, but to see posts tagged with "sex," "drugs," "profanity," or "gross," teens must verify they're over 17 by scanning the code on their ID cards.

User Reviews

Adult Written bymacwilliams December 1, 2015

Android should be able to comment.

This is not bad of an app kids should be mature about it and not bully or post dirty things on it.
Educator and Parent Written bylauriem24 November 22, 2015

Porn

My daughter has an account (that she is no longer allowed to access). I'm not sure who's monitoring it because my daughter is 15 and the app was showi...
Teen, 15 years old Written byjaela June 8, 2015

Android

I use the app on my ipod but i would really like to use it on my phone, which in android. I have friends who also have android and want the app so if you could...
Teen, 13 years old Written byBayleeAnn September 8, 2016

its an amazing app but i cant verify.

I have downloaded the app but it wont verify me and im very disappointed because i really want to use this app

What's it about?

To start using AFTER SCHOOL - FUNNY ANONYMOUS SCHOOL NEWS FOR CONFESSIONS & COMPLIMENTS, students must enable geolocation and select their high school from the list. The app will verify via Facebook (the friends list and profile information) that they're students at the indicated school and then show posts created by others at that school. Once verified, kids scroll through the simple interface, viewing posts that include text and images, which are from the device's camera, or meme images generated by keywords in the post and chosen by the poster. Kids can scroll through the posts and like them or create their own.

Is it any good?

After controversial beginnings -- including removal from the app store due to bullying and threats of violence at schools -- After School - Funny Anonymous School News for Confessions & Compliments has demonstrated that it is willing to go the extra mile to allow kids anonymity while maintaining a more positive, safe-as-possible environment. When moderators tag posts for content, they also can tag them as potential threats, which then alerts local authorities and school administrators. They also offer live-chat emotional support for posters who are judged as at risk for self-harm. The age controls are tight, too, which not only means that nonteen predators will have difficulty getting in, but it also means parents can't monitor teens' postings themselves. Some teens are unhappy with the Facebook-verification process, claiming they don't use Facebook and can't be verified as students at their schools. Teens can, in those cases, send a photo of their school identification card. Despite the tighter verifications and moderating, anonymous posting can still be risky, and sharing all profile information and geolocation raises privacy concerns. Keeping open communication with kids -- and schools, if issues arise -- is key.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the dangers of anonymous-posting sites and the potential for bullying. Find helpful information in our cyberbullying resource.

  • Explain to kids that, even with anonymous posts, identities can be traced through Facebook and nothing is ever really anonymous. 

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