Bullying is a problem that children have had to put up with for years, in schools, in colleges, and sometimes even at home from siblings. However, over recent years a whole new form of bullying has emerged, which is known as cyberbullying. This is a type of bullying that has stemmed from an increased number of children spending greater amounts of time online.
Just like old fashioned bullying, cyberbullying is a serious issue that needs to be tackled in order to protect children. Parents should make sure that if their kids go online they are aware of what cyberbullying is and should be encouraged to speak to their parents or even their teacher if they experience it. There are also other resources available to try and help protect children from this type of online bullying.
Apps that can help to tackle cyberbullying
The rise in the number of kids accessing the internet and social networking sites has led to an increase in cyberbullying. This in turn has led to a rising number of developers and companies bringing out various apps that can help to tackle the issue of cyberbullying. Some of the apps available include:
- Word Bully: The Word Bully app was developed as a joint venture between Iconosys Inc and Bully Buster USA. This app works by monitoring, policing, and censoring messages that are deemed harmful in order to protect smartphone and other device users from bullying messages.
- Find Help: The Find Help app is the result of a joint venture between social networking giant Facebook and the monitoring site SafetyWeb. A huge number of kids use Facebook and many of them experience some form of cyberbullying via the social networking site. The Find Help app is designed to make it easy for victims of cyberbullying to report the problem to officials at the social networking site. It also provides access to a range of support agencies and hotlines.
- Professor Garfield Cyberbullying: This app is available for users of the iPad from Apple. Using a comic strip style format based on the Garfield character, the app educates kids on what cyberbullying is and looks at solutions to help kids to deal with this type of bullying.
- GoGoStat Parental Guidance: This is a good iPhone app to provide parents with peace of mind as well as helping to protect kids from cyberbullying. The app basically alerts parents when inappropriate messages are either posted or received by their child. The app also provides the location and age of people that their kids are adding as friends on Facebook. There is also a panic button feature with the app, and this sends a report to police in the event of an emergency.
These are some of the growing number of apps that are now becoming available to help parents protect their tech savvy kids from cyberbullying.
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