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High Tech Solutions to Schoolyard Bullying
By KeriLynn Engel,
Who Is Hosting This, 16 March 2016.

Bullying is such a hot issue lately. If you only had the news to go on, you might think it’s a recent phenomenon. But many adults just have to think back on their own childhoods to know that it is nothing new.

Bullying has existed throughout known history, and it isn’t just a schoolyard phenomenon, either. It’s found in every human culture around the world, and it’s even been observed among animals.

Scientists studying bullying theorize that it’s part of the human condition, an evolutionary behavior used to maintain social order. According to evolutionary anthropologist Hogan Sherrow, the targets of bullying are often “individuals whose behavior challenges [or] disrupts” - individuals who “are considered unusual.” It is meant to get them to conform.

But while bullying may have provided an evolutionary advantage in the past, in today’s world it only seems to do harm. It is dangerous, can cause lasting mental health issues, and can even be deadly. Research suggests a strong link between bullying and suicide, which is the third leading cause of death among young people.

Today, the internet has made bullying even easier. Apps like Yik Yak, which allows anonymous messages to be posted, make cyberbullying and hate speech easy to spread without fear of any consequences.

While the internet may have made it easier to bully from a distance, it doesn’t have to be this way. Technology is just a tool - and one that can be harnessed to do the exact opposite: to put an end to bullying.

The seven apps listed below have been designed to fight bullying. Created for teachers, parents, and children, the apps enable you to spot common signs of it, record incidents discretely, report it to the proper authorities, and get the help you need.

If you’re worried about bullying, or need a way to fight back peacefully, check out the apps below for tools to help.

High Tech Solutions to Schoolyard Bullying