Cyber Bullying: Halt App Lets Parents See What Their Child is Doing Online

Aug 23, 2014 05:12 PM EDT
Halt, a new cyber-bullying prevention app, allows parents to monitor what their children are posting online.

A new cyber-bulling prevention app was created by a Florida mobile developer that is teamed up with the Stand for the Silent Foundation.

Halt - Social Monitor was designed as a prevention method from cyber bullying. The app is set up so parents can monitor their child's social media accounts. The intention is to give parents the ability to catch their child in the act of posting inappropriately online, from being bullied, or bullying others.

App builder William Stark teamed up with Kirk Smalley from the Stand of the Silent Foundation to produce the anti-cyber-bullying application. Smalley is the father in the 2011 documentary "Bully," whose 11-year-old son committed suicide after being cyber-bullied.

"At the end of the day, you can ask yourself, 'Would a child post this, if they knew the first person to see it would be their parents?' this is the idea behind Halt," Stark said in an email.

The app shows the parent what your kid has posted, what their likes are, what their statuses have been, and what they are tagged in.

"There is a lot of danger out there and no one knows what's happening," parent Deborah Ramirez told NBC News, adding that she plans on using the app.

Halt is available for free in the iOS app store.

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