Anti-bullying Apps in Observance of Pink Shirt Day

February 25 is national Pink Shirt Day. The national observance came about as the result of a teenage boy who was bullied when he wore a pink shirt to school. The next day, dozens of the teen’s classmates, in a show of opposition to bullying, all wore pink shirts to school.

While face-to-face bullying is still common, cyber-bullying – bullying via email, text messages, instant messaging, chat rooms, social media sites, videos, and pictures – is on the rise, according to BullyStatistics.org. With most kids today carrying a mobile device, kids who are cyberbullied have a harder time getting away from the behavior because:

  • Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,     and reach a kid even when he or she is alone. It can happen any time of     the day or night.
  • Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted     anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be     difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source.
  • Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts,     and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent.

In recognition of Pink Shirt Day, AT&T has compiled a list of apps to help protect kids from bullying.

BullyBlock (FREE) – The Bully Block app allows users to covertly record verbal threats and harassment, block inappropriate texts and pictures and utilize auto respond features. In addition, Bully Block blocks private or unknown numbers and has instant reporting features that allow the user to email or text abusive behavior to parents, teachers, HR departments, and law enforcement..

TipSubmitMobile (FREE) – TipSubmit Mobile allows tipsters to submit secure and anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers, law enforcement agencies or school safety officers and administrators. Thousands of communities, schools and government agencies are covered by this application since it connects directly with TipSoft, the world’s largest and North America’s only truly anonymous tip reporting system.

Bully Stop (FREE) – This app helps protect children from bully calls, texts and picture messages. The app gives children the ability to block calls and messages from people they don’t want to hear from. Bully Stop uses a Block List to block unwanted callers and texters. The app maintains a password-protected call log of all attempted contact with the child so she can approach the relevant people, parents, teachers or police and show proof of the bullying communication.

Bully Button ($0.99) – This application is for helping when the user is in trouble. It lets the person being bullied record and send an email with audio attachment with text by tapping “Record and Send” button. Children can call a parent, friend or school by selecting appropriate options.