App aims to stop cyber bullying among kids, teens

(KRON) — Many parents underestimate the amount of bullying that occurs online and often believe that their kids are not involved.

CNN recently conducted a study to find out how teens are using social media called “CNN Special Report: #Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens.” They found that 94 percent of the parents they interviewed underestimated the amount of fighting that happens on social media.

A University of Tampa graduate created a new app “My Social Sitter” that is now used worldwide to give power back to parents.

Parents can use the app to figure out if their kids are bullying or being bullied so they can put a stop to it.

The app intercepts, analyzes, and filters inappropriate content.

“We have over 3,000 words and sentiments in six different languages,” Michele Joel told WFLA’s Gayle Guyardo.

“So a parent would get a text message or email alert if any message that their child sends out is rejected.”

Cyber bullying has become a serious problem, with more than 70 percent of school children reporting being cyber bullied during the course of a school year, according to Guyardo.

“Kids send out hundreds of messages a day,” Joel said. “Now, we can make sure our kids are sending the right messages, and put a stop to cyber bullying.”

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