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Mobile Apps Empower Victims, Embolden Bullies

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Often, bullies exploit the same technologies their targets use for protection. But technology can provide tools that give kids, their parents and advocates an advantage in the battle against bullies.

Mobile devices have become the number one harassment tool, according to STOPit cybersecurity expert, Detective Sergeant Thomas Rich.

STOPit, an app and a school program that enables users to report cyberbullying and "cybrutality," "offers protection for kids, peace of mind for parents and a proven deterrent for schools," said Rich in an email interview. "It gives kids an outlet for getting help and, in the instances where cyberbullying escalates to the police, it provides real-time evidence to officers on the case."

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