Another recently-released cellphone app called STOPit takes a different approach. It enables children to take a screenshot of a harassing post, picture or text message, and anonymously send it to a trusted adult. This is the app’s most popular feature among teenagers, who often want to help, but are worried about retaliation.
The STOPit app helped put an end to offensive tweets about a 14-year-old boy from Kenilworth, New Jersey, who has Asperger’s syndrome. “It was a child who finally said ‘Enough is enough,’ and I’m so grateful to whoever that child was,” said the boy’s mother, Tina Lynaugh. “I’m glad that the children feel comfortable that they can actually say STOPit, and not feel intimidated themselves or feel that they’ll be attacked next because they came forward.”