New smartphone app helps students take a stand against bullies

New smartphone app helps students take a stand against bullies

New smartphone app helps students take a stand against bullies

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by Karen Grace / KENS 5

KREM.com

Posted on October 12, 2011 at 10:18 AM

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Tim Porter knows bullying is a big issue in schools right now. That's why he has created a new smartphone app designed to help students take a stand against bullying.

The app allows kids to alert school administrators within seconds of a bullying incident. For example, if a student is being intimidated, he or she can take pictures and email a tip to school officials anonymously.

Porter is CEO of the San Antonio-based software developer Appdiction Studio.

"So if it's a kid that's trying to reach out for help, that administrator now has a secure way to reply back and forth to that student," he said.

There are also resources within the app to help kids learn to deal with bully encounters.

Judson Independent School District is expected to pilot the app. Porter said he is also showing the app to other districts in San Antonio.

The app will be available to students next week at no cost.

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