Software to curb bullying via cellphones
Tony Cullen, Chief Executive of Virtual Mobile Application Development, the firm which developed the software, feels that this software will help end bullying through cellphones. "Child predators try to communicate with children via text rather than social networking sites such as Bebo, as mobile phones are more shielded from the watchful eye of their parents," says Cullen.
The software allows parents to block a list of numbers on their child's phone, or it also helps in creating a list of numbers to which calls or texts can be sent or received. The software has been endorsed by the Trinity College Dublin University Anti-Bullying Centre, part of the European Safer Internet Programme.
Though this software seems to be a good solution to curb bullying on mobile phones, some experts are still skeptical on this. Martin Cocker, Executive Director of New Zealand cyber watchdog Netsafe, says it is a "long bow to draw" to claim the software will prevent bullying on mobile phones, as cyber-bullying often occurs when a friendship or relationship runs into rough weather. "To limit someone's cellphone usage to their friends to avoid cyber-bullying goes against how most cyber bullying plays out," Stuff.co.nz quoted Cocker as saying. He added that there might be some safety gains in preventing strangers from contacting children on their mobiles.
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