ICONOSYS BUILDS “BULLY METER, AM I A BULLY” SMARTPHONE APP HELPS TO IDENTIFY MEASURE TO BEING A BULLY

Posted: July 19, 2012 in A Broader look at Bullying, Advice for Parents, Bully Buster OC Parent Resource Guide, Bully Buster USA, Bullying Solutions, Cyber-Bullying, Evaluating Bully Statistics

  Another national solution to bullying, Iconosys launches Bully Meter, Am I A Bully™, a fun awareness quiz that rates your potential bully behavior.

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Iconosys, Inc., a leading mobile safety Smartphone application developer, joins Bully Buster USA, an outreach organization dedicated to the cause of eliminating bullying, in creating a Smartphone app that helps to identify bullying behavior.

An alarming percentage of young people encounter bullying at one time or another during their early school years. There are many research groups that publish the latest statistics, and estimates range from 10 percent who report being victims of severe acts to 75 percent who have reported at least one incident of bullying during the past year.

Have you ever wondered if you or your child is a bully? Now with the Bully Meter, you can find out how you rank based on a series of questions that help to determine and identify personality traits that are shared with bullies.

According to the Bully Buster OC Parent Resource Guide, Children who bully their peers regularly (i.e., those who admit to bullying more than occasionally) tend to :

• Be impulsive, hot-headed, dominant

• Be easily frustrated

• Lack empathy

• Have difficulty following rules

• View violence in a positive way

The fact that bullying is so common does not change the fact that it can and does cause serious harm both physically and mentally to children across the nation. Media attention on bully related topics during the past decade, such as school shootings, youth violence, bullycides, and other acts of extreme violence by individuals who endured years of bullying, have highlighted the fact that bullying is NOT a harmless “rite of passage” that is part of growing up.

Solutions start at home and parents need to understand that children who bully are more likely than their non-bullying peers to live in homes where there is:

• A lack of warmth and involvement on the part of parents

• Overly-permissive parenting (including a lack of limits for children’s behavior)

• A lack of supervision by parents

• Harsh, physical discipline

• A model for bullying behavior

 Children and youth who bully are also more likely to have friends who bully and who have positive attitudes toward violence. The tolls that bullying takes on our Nation’s youth starts with loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, and can lead to low grades, depression, and withdrawal from social situations.

Children and youth who frequently bully their peers are more likely than others to:

• Get into frequent fights

• Be injured in a fight

• Vandalize property

• Steal property

• Drink alcohol

• Smoke

• Be truant from school

• Drop out of school

• Carry a weapon

Bully Buster USA and Iconosys’WordBully™  are trying to bring national attention and solutions to the serious issues of bullying and cyber-bullying through technological tools.

“Helping to identify bullying behavior is a key step in prevention because many people may not consider themselves a bully,” said Ryan Foland, author of Bully Buster OC Parent Resource Guide. “This app is a fun way to bring awareness of behavior that may indicate someone as a potential bully. I believe self-awareness of behavior is important when determining an acceptable baseline of behavior for children and adults alike.”

The National Education Association estimates that 160,000 students are absent from school every day simply to avoid being bullied. The facts of the matter are that children are being victimized, and as a Nation, we need tools like Bully Meter, Am I A Bully to identify bullying behavior before it starts so that people can take personal responsibility to not be part of the problem.

Common myths about children who bully

MYTH: “Children who bully are loners.”

• In fact, research indicates that children and youth who bully are not socially isolated.

• They report having an easier time making friends than children and youth who do not

bully.

• Children and youth who bully usually have at least a small group of friends who support or encourage their bullying.

MYTH: “Children who bully have low self-esteem.”

• In fact, most research indicates that children and youth who bully have average or above average  self-esteem.

“We are excited to make an easy and accessible tool for parents and children to evaluate their own behavior,” said Wayne Irving, CEO of Iconosys, Inc. “We have plans to expand the function of this application to include the ability for people to also report bullying that they see or hear based on GPS location, allowing for a real time nationwide tracking system of bullying behavior.”

ABOUT ICONOSYS, INC:

Iconosys, a member of the National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS) and the maker of the widely used and well-publicized Word Bully™, Guard’s Up!™, LatchKey Kid™, and My Max Speed™  Smartphone apps, is developing technologies and technology driven products for its clients with a goal toward designing apps that enrich, enhance, and ultimately make safer, our day-to-day lives.

Iconosys develops Apps and technologies for iOS and Android OS Smartphones and tablet computers. See a cross section of some of Iconosys’ catalog of nearly 3000 Smart device apps from your Smartphone browser: http://apps.iconosys.com, and from your computer browser:  http://iconosys.com/product.php.

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