New apps help fight bullying

MGN Online
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:01am

The U.S. Department of Education is taking a new approach to stop bullying. They've launched a new app called "Know Bullying" which helps parents spot warning signs, and talk to their kids about the topic.

28 percent of students in 6th through 12th grade say they have been victims of bullying, and 70 percent say they've seen it happen in school, according to stopbullying.gov.

The Journal of Medical Association says victims of cyber bullying are twice as more likely to consider suicide.

"They'll come up to you, they'll push you around, call you names, tell you you're no good,"said Jayde Flores, a student at Terrace Hills Middle School.

Michael Pacillas, a parent in west El Paso, said "You always worry about your children because you don't know what's going on at school, and they don't tell you what's going on."

Another app called "StopIt" allows users to screen shot harassing messages and send it anonymously to an adult.

"Bullies, they can show up anytime, any place. And when you do see a bully, tell them to stop because that happens to a lot of my friends at school," Flores said.

Experts say the key for parents is to notice warning signs.
They can include decreased self esteem, changes in eating habits and a loss on interest in school.

"They kind of talk to train us to tell us like, ok whenever you see a bully, tell them to stop, or walk away or get a group of friends and tell the bully to stop," Flores said.

Parents should also service as role models, buy not putting down others in front of their child.
Experts say kids often mimic this behavior. Experts add, it's important to take time everyday to talk to your child about their day. This will help keep communication open, making it easier to catch those warning signs as soon as they pop up.   

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