In the 21st century, applications (apps) are an increasingly important tool to combat bullying and violence in schools. With apps, teachers have the ability to monitor, report, and investigate students’ threatening or disruptive behaviors. As a result, thousands of schools have adapted to using such apps to promote a safer, more harmonious learning environment.
Most apps incorporate tracking and alert mechanisms. Uniquely, the trace function in the apps allows teachers to evaluate the student’s attitude and behavior. If a student exhibits poor behavior, an alert like “inappropriate language,” or “making threats” can be generated. The alert can be addressed differently depending on the severity, but the influence of the app responsible for detecting this misbehavior can be helpful for teachers in curbing it.
Also, teachers are now able to identify if a student has been a victim of bullying or violence by using the reporting feature integrated in these apps. This could provide teachers with a better understanding of the student’s mental health state and support the school in dealing with the situation. This feature, in particular, is a great advantage to identifying cases of bullying and violence in the school premises.
Another benefit of these apps is they allow schools to collect data over time. This data could show the extent of the bullying or violence issue over the year, so timely preventive steps can be taken to avoid violent incidents on campuses.
Despite the potential benefits of these apps, there are serious implications for privacy. Parents may worry about their children’s data privacy, especially if the app is collecting personal data. To address this concern, schools should ensure that all app policies are strictly followed.
Overall, implementing badges and points systems that offer rewards could be an effective way to encourage more positive behavior — as long as the use of the app is monitored properly, and the data is used responsibly. As technology advances, so are the opportunities to eradicate bullying and violence in schools. With the proper implementation and guidance, thousands of schools can benefit from the use of such apps.