After School Safety Center

The New After School Community Guidelines

September 12, 2018

After School takes safety seriously and strives to make our app a safe and positive of app for millions of teens across the country. One of the ways we do this is through our Community Guidelines.

After implementing dozens of new features when the full version of After School launched in April of 2015, we also introduced our Community Guidelines to users for the first time. These guidelines outline what is expected of each user, what is permitted on the app, and the consequences of breaking the rules.

In August of 2018, we worked with partners, leading nonprofits, and digital citizenship experts to revise our Community Guidelines. Those who partnered with us in this effort include Anne Collier (ICanHelpLine), Matt Soeth (#ICANHELP), Carlos Figueiredo (Two Hat Security), Justin Patchin (Cyberbullying Research Center), David Ryan Polgar, and Erica Pelavin (My Digital TAT2). We would like to thank these amazing people and their organizations for their dedication to digital citizenship and online safety.

The new guidelines can now be found in the After School Safety Center and below:  

After School believes in a safe and fun environment for all users. By using After School, you agree to follow these rules, which will keep things 💯 for all of us. If you violate these guidelines, you will be removed from your school’s network on the app. By following these rules, we’ll have a better experience on After School connecting and sharing with each other.

Be A Good Digital Citizen

Be a good digital citizen on After School and treat others with respect. After School does not allow bullying or threatening content. Posts violating our Zero Tolerance Policy against cyberbullying and threats will be removed from After School, and the user who made those posts will be banned.

See something inappropriate or mean? Report it! One report removes a post from your school’s feed and reporting is anonymous. Our team will look into why the post was reported.

Before sending a post yourself, consider if you would like someone else to say this about you. If not, don’t post it.

Teens Only

After School is for high school students only. Sorry, adults. We keep adults off so students can safely connect with their classmates. Students, if you believe an adult is on After School, report that user and contact support@AfterSchoolApp.com.

Keep It Legal

Threatening or discussing illegal activities on After School is not allowed. There is nothing we take more serious than safety — please do not ever post a threat. No threat is a joke. We will work directly with authorities to resolve legal issues, with safety as our number one priority.

Take Care of Yourself and Others

Take care of your body AND mind, and be respectful of the needs of your classmates. After School is here to help. Visit our Student Resource Center for resources from our team and partners.

If you are struggling or in need of help, please text Crisis Text Line for free and anonymous text counseling. Text HI TIGER to 741-741 to start the conversation.

Don’t Share Personal Information

Be careful with who you share information with online. You wouldn’t want your phone number posted online, so don’t share others’ personal information. Sharing any form of personal information about yourself or others on After School is not allowed.

Keep Our Community Safe

Posts that violate our Community Guidelines will not be posted to your school’s feed and are not visible to others. This includes:

  • Threats
  • Sharing personal information
  • Nudity, graphic sexual images or references, and any mention of underage nudity
  • Intention to cause physical or emotional harm
  • Promoting self-harm or digital self-harm
  • Violence

Thanks for being a part of After School. Let’s make high school a little kinder and more enjoyable for everyone.

For more information on becoming an After School partner or to inquire about our Community Guidelines, contact us at press@afterschoolapp.com.




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