“It would have been better to get her a flip phone than an Android or an i Phone because that way, she would be safe from bullies.”Like Margaret, many have struggled to reconcile the risks and safety of using the technology."The problem is so big, it’s impossible for law enforcement to just monitor everything that’s going on, let alone [take action]," Morrow said.“There are hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of apps that seem to be dedicated to cyber bullying.
We have 13 year olds making apps now.”Abusive language is just one of the disturbing ways in which teens appear to use the apps.
And he had suffered for years at the hands of bullies.“It got a lot worse in middle school when he decided to report the bullying,” his sister Victoria Mendez, who was 12 when he passed, said.
“He continued to get bullied throughout high school until he died.”Three years after her son’s death, Mendez founded the National Association of People Against Bullying, devoting her life to preventing other children from suffering the way her son did.
“She was hurt emotionally.”Margaret’s daughter was in the midst of a crisis.
The newly minted high schooler was being barraged with threats from other kids who believed she'd told administrators they were dabbling in drugs.
The protections afforded to users of anonymous apps that make it easier to bully also make it that much more difficult for school or law enforcement officials to take action against such behavior.
Daniel Mendez was a well-rounded kid who enjoyed the outdoors, sports and lifting others up.Jason Tarlton was charged with sexual assault for having an alleged relationship with a former student when she attended Lake Weir High School.In one of the pictures, Tarlton and the alleged victim are “standing in front of a mirror in a hotel bathroom partially clothed,” police said.Morrow said sexting and sharing inappropriate images has also become widespread.“This happens all the time,” he said.Last month a teacher in Florida was arrested for sexually assaulting a former student after inappropriate photos of the man and girl were shared on After School, police said.The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said it launched its investigation after being made aware of the photos, which the teen told police she accidentally uploaded to the app.A spokesman for After School said in a statement to Inside Edition.com: “After School is a place where teens can connect and share with other students from their school.“We basically said ‘this needs to stop.’ We encouraged posting positive things about each other, and it fell by the wayside.’”But Sale’s hands were tied when problems between students on the app occurred outside of school.“If it doesn’t happen during school hours or isn’t affecting something in school hours, there’s nothing we can do,” he said “We refer it to our school resource officer.”The lack of accountability can leave parents and other authority figures without a course to follow.“They may have the idea that the channel is out there, but they can’t get the proof,” Mendez said. ’ we say ‘get everything in writing, find everything you can’ …well, look at these anonymous apps.”***The abuse teens may face on these apps is amplified by the compulsion they have to always be using the technology, authorities said.“What we see of course is constant social media usage and immersion on the part of the kids,” said Clark Morrow, Crime Prevention Coordinator for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.He loved rock climbing, skateboarding, swimming, fishing, camping and football.He was a devout Catholic and was known as the peacemaker of his friends.