Vincent Smith School 8th Grader Challenges Apple to Help Stop Bullying
Special education student hopes to lessen middle-school "drama" from iPhones
"These group chats are a problem…People are cursing, bullying and making others upset."
Ian attends Vincent Smith School (https://www.vincentsmithschool.org/
Classes at Vincent Smith (https://www.vincentsmithschool.org/
As a result, group chats often comprise a large swath of children who not only see each other every day but interact directly, multiple times throughout the day for long periods of time. This closeness, combined with the typical angst of middle-school adolescence and the social-emotional issues of special education students, is the perfect breeding ground for the kind of bullying that a group chat exacerbates.
"More drama is happening at school because of the chats…They try to block them but they keep texting from different numbers."
Middle school, especially, is known for its social turmoil, and Ian believes that the chats are only adding to the difficulties. In his urgent plea to Apple, he says he is willing to hear any solutions they can offer, but notes, "We can't find a way to stop this problem. If you don't have any ways or suggestions, I think that group chats should be banned forever."
Ian ends his appeal with a respectful, "If you would like to help with this problem, please write back to me. I hope to hear back from you soon."
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