Not a parent of student but a youth minister: I would much rather kids use BeReal than any other platform at the moment. It has some built-in restrictions that don’t encourage binging or other harmful behavior.

My only real concern is what time these notifications go out, the peer pressure that it creates, and what it might disrupt in the process. I could easily foresee an entire school period getting thrown into turmoil because a bunch of students got a notification, all at the same time, to make a post within 2 minutes or be branded “late”. I will not be surprised if that creates its own version of peer pressure which, in turn, feeds into insecurities and struggles a teen is having if they’re not able to participate or if they’re late. Hopefully I’m wrong on that.

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