With proper use, these five apps can help educators and parents combat cyberbullying in schools

bully-cyber-bullyingNo matter what generation you’re from, it’s evident that bullying has consistently played a role in the educational system. In movies, it’s usually the stereotypical intimidating character going for children’s lunch money, or in some cases, it’s the popular kids bullying less-popular students.

But for today’s generation, bullies have become more of an unstoppable obstacle for students. While mobile phones have improved communication, they also have heightened the lengths of what being bullied can entail.

With social media and smartphones, everything is open. Regardless of what teenagers believe, getting rid of a digital footprint is hard. Often, apps are used for the wrong purpose.

Just a year after being released to the public in 2013, Yik Yak has become popular for all of the wrong reasons. Creators Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll developed this app in the hopes it would bring college communities together.

In an interview with Venture Beat, Buffington admitted that while college kids were falling in love with the app, high school students were too. As reports surfaced about students abusing the app’s anonymous aspect to bully others both creators removed its use from middle and high school zones.

“’They didn’t have the maturity…they’re just not psychologically developed enough to handle our app,’” said Buffington in a June interview. “’They weren’t using it for what we built it for.’”

While technology provides easy access to information and makes communication among distant family and friends easier, it also provides new platforms for kids to tease and torment each other.

Teachers and administrators aren’t able to block cyberbullying at all times, but a potential solution exists in cyber security apps. Take, for instance, the following programs.

(Next page: Five anti-bullying apps)

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