The Bullying Buddy mobile App helps students who are victims of bullying report the incidents to their Parents, Teachers and School Administrators.
The App classifies bullying into 7 types such as Physical Bullying, Cyber Bullying, Verbal Bullying, Sexual Bullying, Racial Bullying, Emotional Bullying and Relational Bullying. It is estimated that Cyber Bullying accounts for about 50% of the bullying incidents for school students across the US. Out of these, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are major social media platforms where bullying happens.
When a student chooses cyber bullying, the bullying buddy app allows the students to sign in with their Facebook/Instagram/Snapchat accounts to get the username of the account of children who are bullied.
This information is collected so that the App can send an automated email to the support group of the respective platforms or the parents and School administrators can write to the support groups of the platforms and provide the username of the person being bullied for the platforms to take action against the posts that are offensive.
It also helps the school administrators to know, understand and analyze the Cyber Bullying incidents.
Listed below are features of the App:
1) Reporting incidents by uploading pictures, videos or audio
2) EBB (Emergency Bullying Button)
The EBB button is an emergency button that the user presses or say "Emergency" to voice activate to begin video recording their violation.
3) Text Alerts:
After uploads are made by the students about bullied incidents, text alerts are immediately sent to parents, teachers, school administration and Bus Driver
4) Chat Rooms:
Parents, teachers, students and school administrators use the chatroom platform to communicate with each other.
5) Bereavement Registry:
The bereavement registry is for individuals to upload information and photos about adolescents who lost their lives as a result of being bullied.
6) Information Station:
This section is where App user is educated about bullying and or the negative mental effects on individuals. The information station also provides empowerment tools and access to licensed clinical professionals.
7) Social Media:
In the APP the user can click on Facebook, Instagram, and Snap Chat. This function takes them directly to these social media platforms where they can report cyber bullying. The user can send screenshots, photos, video clips from their personal Bullying Buddy account regarding bullying incidents/violations. This will notify these social media platform administrations to pursue action at a faster pace.
The location tracker feature will track your child and student while they are in school or near school grounds. In the case of a bullying violation, your child will be tracked for 15 minutes after to reinforce their safety.