App aims to put stop to cyber bullying

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — It’s being called a hate virus, kids going online to bully others, but there’s a way for parents to now figure out if their kids are part of the problem and if so, put a stop to it immediately. A University of Tampa graduate created the app “My Social Sitter” that is now used worldwide.

The technology intercepts, analyzes, and filters inappropriate content in its tracks. “We have over 300,000 words and sentiments in six different languages,” says Michele Joel explaining how the My Social Sitter app works. “So a parent would get a text message or email alert if any message that their child sends out is rejected.”

New numbers show this is a serious problem, with more than 70 percent of school children reporting being cyber bullied during the course of a school year.

“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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