Anti-Bullying App Keeps Parents in the Loop

By Kara Sundlun October 26, 2015

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Each day, 160,000 students in the United States stay home for fear of being bullied, but a new app is looking to combat the issue and keep parents in the loop.

“We've got something that can empower the child,” Michael Lissack, who is the creator of the The-No-App, said.

A new app aims to stop bullies in their tracks and keep parents aware of any problems their kids are facing in real time.

“This is something for the kid getting bullied,” Lissack said. “He or she has something in their pocket that they can do.”

When a child encounters a bully, they open The No App, push start and point the front of the phone at them. The camera records the bully as they watch a video of a police officer telling them to stop.

The video is sent to a parent or trusted adult. They also get a text with GPS coordinates of where the incident happened.

“Being able to create apps that have the potential to help intervene is going to be tremendous,” Liz Shulman, who is a marriage and family therapist, said.

Eyewitness News talked to students who are leaders in bullying prevention in their schools to get their take.

“I think that's a great idea, because that will help you like show your parents what's really going on,” said Jordan Azzinaro, who is in the sixth grade at the Essex Elementary School.

Parents can use the uploaded video as evidence, so schools can help control bullying situations.

“Most bullying stops when it is reported and somebody intervenes,” Lissack said. “But 65 percent of the time, nobody reports it.”

October is national bullying prevention awareness month and if you see bullying, you're encouraged to speak up.