Bullying and the prevention of it has become a major focus in our schools today. Bullies are no longer limited to just verbal or physical bullying – text and online bullying have become a serious problem among kids and teens. According to school bullying statistics in the US:
· About one in four kids in the U.S. are bullied on a regular basis.
· Almost 9 out of 10 teens have a cell phone, and about 1 in 5 will be victims of a text bully. Text bullying has become more common than traditional bullying, especially among girls.
· Over 50% of kids and teens have been bullied online.
· More than 25% of kids and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.
As a result of the increase in bullying, many mobile apps are available to help parents raise awareness and protect their children from bullying. AT&T believes that all children should feel safe from bullying. Below is a list of anti-bullying apps compiled by AT&T that could help your viewers.
BullyBlock –This app captures and block bullies that are causing you and your family harm. The Bully Block app allows users to covertly record verbal threats and harassment, block inappropriate texts and pictures (e.g. sexting). Bully Block blocks bullies that utilize private or unknown numbers to engage in cyberbullying and enables instant reporting features that allow the user to email or text abusive behavior to parents, teachers, HR departments and law enforcement. (Android – FREE)
TipSubmitMobile –TipSubmitMobile allows tipsters to submit secure and anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers, law enforcement agencies or school safety officers and administrators. It connects directly with TipSoft, the world's largest and North America's only, truly anonymous tip reporting system. (iOS, Android – FREE)
Bully Button – This application helps a user in trouble by enabling them to record and send an email with audio attachment and text by tapping “Record and Send” button. Children can call a parent, friend or school by selecting appropriate options. (iOS – $0.99)
Research what your carrier offers that can help. AT&T has Smart Limits which allows parents to block unwanted calls and texts from up to 30 numbers, set monthly limits on texts and mobile purchases and restrict texting, data usage and outbound calling during specified times during the day.
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