Seven immature adults posed as high school students for a
division for the AE documentary series “Undercover
They schooled that social media is a bigger source of
highlight than teachers and relatives were previously
School staff mostly struggles to describe to the social
media-related problems teenagers go through.
Technology has remade the way we devour information and
promulgate with one another.
For high school students, that’s not always a good thing.
That’s what 7 immature adults schooled when they spent a semester
students at a Kansas high school for the AE documentary
series “Undercover High.”
The show follows the adults, ages 21 to 26, as they navigate life
as a tyro and display the hurdles confronting students and school
staff at Highland Park High School.
As the clandestine students fast learned, dungeon phone use was
prevalent via the school. Teachers mostly struggled to get
students to put divided their phones during class, and conflicts
between students could simply decay online while teachers were
bustling with their lessons.
“Bullying has been a thing given the commencement of time, but it’s
very opposite today,” Shane Feldman, an clandestine tyro who
graduated from high school in 2012, told Business Insider.
“The 24/7 inlet of it, the way that it transfers onto the
online word, has an impact on everything.”
Often, conflicts that arise at school would boil over to social
media after school, and expand some-more fast than administrators
could understanding with, pronounced Beryl New, who was principal at Highland
Park when the show was filmed in the open 2017 semester.
“Back in the day, if a child was going to be bullied, it competence be
one person, one occurrence that happens on the stadium or while
you’re watchful on the bus. It can be resolved and it’s pretty
much the finish of it,” New told Business Insider, adding that
social media can be “something of an epidemic.”
“Now it can be one person has an issue with one person and
everybody else chimes in, and by the time it gets to the next day
someone wants to fight, someone’s not going to school, someone is
melancholy suicide. It took something singular, granular even,
and it’s just ballooned over night until it becomes a major
The clandestine students, some of whom graduated from high school
as recently as 4 years ago, celebrated how social media has
turn a significantly bigger participation in the lives of teenagers
from when they were in school.
“The kinds of hurdles that we gifted in high school along
with my peers are now 24/7 issues since of technology,
computers, dungeon phones, and social media. There’s no real
escape,” Feldman told Business Insider. “Now you can be 13 and
feel like you have the full weight of the universe on your
shoulders. we don’t think teachers and parents,
respectfully, know what they are facing.”
Worse yet, some teachers at Highland Park are anticipating it
increasingly harder to bond with students when their problems
are dark in organisation texts and online threads, and not in plain
sight. This has combined a severe component to their jobs, and
some encouraged teachers at the school have done an bid to
rivet with students on social media and stay warning for red flags
they see online.
But the problems are mostly larger than what teachers can handle.
In one early episode, a 22-year-old clandestine tyro named Lina
was sloping off to a organisation discuss in which male students were making
disturbing passionate comments about her. School administrators
investigated the occurrence and detected that some of the
students in the discuss weren’t even students in the Topeka Public
In another episode, one Highland Park tyro tells the cameras
that womanlike students face consistent vigour to send passionate images
of themselves to other students — a pierce that can have
“The girls that get unprotected and stuff, they’re like, the
beginner girls,” the girl told cameras in one scene. “They’re,
like, really dumb, and they’ll just like send things to just about
anyone that asks for it.”
Meanwhile, social media can lead to basin among students who
feel they can’t review to the intemperate lifestyles of the people
“They are constantly seeing all these ideal images instead of
the reality of the messiness and awkwardness of tangible life,”
Feldman told Business Insider.
“They see all these ideal photoshopped images of celebrities
and quote-unquote ‘influencers’ online. It’s given them a
totally unrealistic, mangled perspective of life, generally when many
of these students have never trafficked outward their states or
haven’t even seen water.”
New, who left Highland Park last year to work as an administrator
in the school district, pronounced she doesn’t expect
technology-related conflicts to disappear any time soon.
“I’m old adequate to remember when we had no dungeon phones 12 to 15
years ago. To go with from a few people having them to many of
the adults, to almost every singular child — they can be a homeless
child and have a dungeon phone, free and reduced dishes and have a
dungeon phone,” New said. “It’s a good leveler, socially.”
“Undercover High” front Tuesday at 10 p.m. EST.