Monday, May 19, 2014
Bully Proof - top apps and sites to bully proof your kids (best Android kids apps)
Recently I attended a talk for students on cyber-bullying. What struck me most about the presentation was that the strategies to deal with online bullying were remarkably similar, if not the same, to dealing with face-to-face bullying: Don't share personal information with people you don't know and trust, People aren't always truthful about who they are, If you feel uncomfortable, tell a parent or someone you trust etc. These are the top Android apps to help educate your kids about bullying behaviour and building resilience. Bully proofing is a multifaceted challenge that involves not only dealing with bullying behaviour, but also teaching kids to love and accept themselves and others. Just as important is teaching bullies to love and accept themselves along with providing social skills for more positive interactions with others.
How does your family deal with bullies? Does your children's school have an anti-bullying policy? What tools (programs, websites, organizations or apps) have you found to be useful in bully proofing your kids?
The Adventures of Johnny Beeware (TM) is a fully animated children's (4-9) eBook series on the many challenges of growing up such as bullying and cyberbullying, obesity and nutrition, dealing with strangers and staying safe, and much more! In this first adventure, Johnny Beeware, a young bee, and his friends Rubee and Kirbee, encounter bullying in the hive and are determined to show BullyBee the error of his ways.
Each book also features a Dyslexic-friendly font that makes it easy for kids to read. Fully narrated, this book can function on its own, or you can mute the audio and read it aloud like a traditional book. This app has no ads or in-app offers, so your kids are safe using it without having to worry if they are charging your account. Story synopsis: A girl named Maya needs help! When she went to school today, her classmates teased and bullied her about her new glasses. Maya turns to Greg and the tikis to learn what she can do to prevent bullying. Join Mowah and Tia as they help Maya!
Fully FREE Fully FREE
Picked-On Poindexter - a heartwarming story with a positive message about being different and the challenges of getting picked on. Poindexter, a lovable frog, was picked on for being different. Follow him through his first day of school and his encounter with the lunchroom bully, Bonky. Poindexter confronts the challenges of being different and makes an unexpected friend in the process.
The first Cloud Doodle Storybook! Join Terry the Pterodactyl on a prehistoric adventure in a land of dinosaurs! Read, play and learn alongside Terry, a young dinosaur who has yet to learn how to fly. In this story, Terry is bullied by some of this dinosaur peers, and is faced with the difficult task of trying to fit in. Terry the Dinosaur is a story that teaches kids about acceptance, self-respect and anti-bullying. Sweet, optimistic and energetic, Terry guides kids through his prehistoric world of Pterotopia, teaching them important life lessons and engaging their reading skills.
“Beautiful You,” by award winning author Pamela Chambers and illustrated by Muriel Stewart is a captivating app that will take your child on a journey of self discovery to help uncover all the beautiful things that makes your child unique and special. The app will also help to reduce bullying. The unique thing about this app is that it is read in diverse voices and languages.
Middle school can be a serious pain with bullies putting you down, blowups threatening friendships, and real doubts about how you measure up. Good thing you don’t have to go it alone! Meet Mateo, Michelle and their friends—six teens trying to figure out what middle school’s all about. Follow their adventures and watch as they learn how to get along in middle school.
The adorkable JMan and his plucky hedgehog sidekick, Mr. Redge are the unstoppable, secret superhero team who save a classmate from the poking pranks of Dr. Evil Touch! Join this quirky duo on their quest to stop a bully, make the school playground a peaceful place, and more importantly, make a new friend who likes crime fighting, capes and karate, too. Discover JMan’s hidden notebook on each page about what it’s like to be an Aspie. FOR KIDS AGES 5-11
*** Please play our game and support our cause to stamp out cyberbullying! *** Cybersafe is an app created by students from Goffs School UK to help children deal with cyberbullying through gaming. This app contains 3 fun mini games - each tackling a different issue chosen by the students.
Don’t just stand there, be an UPSTANDER! The bully is at it again. Use the power of your friends to STOP the bully before it's too late! Race through cafeterias and bathrooms to rescue a target from the bully. Collect bananas, air fresheners, and rolls of toilet paper to up your score, but hurry! Time is ticking, and you have to find and collect enough friends to stand up to the bully together.
$0.99 Fully FREE
TOOLS FOR KIDS
Finally, an app that cares. Many have experienced the pressures of being bullied, especially children. When under pressure, it may be difficult to remember the people on your side. Our app builds that relationship. Elementary, Middle School, High School students, parents and school personnel will greatly benefit from knowing that there finally exists an app that bridges the gap of communication between the students and those they trust.
Bully Block captures and blocks bullies that are causing you and your family harm. The Bully Block app allows you to covertly record verbal threats and harassment, block inappropriate texts and pictures (e.g. sexting), and uses auto respond features. Unlike other apps on the market, Bully Block blocks bullies that use private or unknown numbers to engage in cyberbullying. Bully Block also has instant reporting features that allow the user to e-mail or text abusive behavior to parents, teachers, HR departments, and law enforcement. All audio, messages, and calls are stored on the phone SD card.
$0.99 Fully FREE
Take a Stand Together provides students with tips and advice which they can apply to different bullying situations. Young kids love to use their parents' phones – install it on your phone and let them investigate at their own pace. Providing your child with tools to respond to different bullying situations helps build their capacity to deal with bullying at school and online.
With the HFCBeatBullying app you can find ways to beat bullying! Freely and anonymously in 23 countries. Read the latest news, find ways to fight bullying, call the European Child Helpline 116111 in your country with a simple click, message organisations dealing with bullying in their respective countries. Using the HFCBeatBullying app will give you practical tools to discover how to handle bullying, including cyberbullying!
TOOLS FOR PARENTS
My Mobile Watchdog lets you monitor your child's cell phone use, including call logs, texting, photos (MMS), web history, web filtering, time restrictions, sync contacts and block applications. Receive real time alerts when a stranger contacts your child. Must be installed on your child's phone. Requires an account with a 7 day free trial. For more information about the My Mobile Watchdog app, visit www.mymobilewatchdog.com.
FREE Trial Version
Norton Family - Parental control and monitoring
Norton Family with parental controls lets you keep an eye on your kids’ Android device activities anytime, anywhere. Redesigned and easier than ever to use, Norton Family for Android offers powerful family safety tools to help protect your kids from cyber bullying, inappropriate web content and more. Gain visibility into the websites your kids visit so you can start a conversation about safe online habits and behavior. Norton Family now works with Samsung S-Browser and Google Chrome to keep your kids secure on even more Android devices, such as Samsung Galaxy S4 and Nexus 7.
FREE (Premier version avail.) FREE (Premier version avail.)
TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS
Safe School Ambassadors
Safe School Ambassadors action log
Everyone has the right to feel safe at school. Kids and teens use Sprigeo to report bullying and school safety incidents. Someone at your school has been bullied and needs you to step up and help. Reports can be sent anonymously and go directly to your school principal. The app is easy to use with only three screens before the submit button. Most of the questions have a list of options to choose from, so you don't need to type too much information. You can also send in a report online at www.Sprigeo.com.
Bully Proof is a catalyst for a revolution of respect in American schools, committed to energizing a student movement that ends the bullying epidemic by raising the value of respect in the lives of young people.
We are an organization that is committed to battling bullying in every elementary, middle and high school in America. Our mission is simple: "Securing America's future by bully proofing our schools one student at a time through education and awareness."
Bullying is aggressive behavior. A child is targeted by one or more youths with repeated negative actions over a period of time. These are intentional attempts to cause discomfort or injury and can include name-calling, making faces, obscene gesturing, malicious teasing, threats, rumors, physical hitting, kicking, pushing, and choking. More subtle is simply excluding a child from the group. Generally, bullying occurs when there’s an imbalance of power favoring the bully. Victims usually feel they don’t have the strength to defend themselves. Make no mistake, bullying is a form of violence that shouldn’t be tolerated.
Safe Cyberspace Surfing
Learn about llamas, read up on your favorite skateboard star, or study a stegosaurus. You can do all these things online and then email or text message your best friend about it. But when you're moving through cyberspace, you need to stay safe.
Connect for Respect is National PTA's initiative to encourage PTAs across the country to lead conversations in their school communities about bullying, how it is affecting their communities, and to develop solutions that they can implement collaboratively together.
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