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Pink Shirt Day and apps for Bullying Awareness on February 26

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Kids are sent to school to learn, and not to be bullied, so Feb. 26, 2014 has been deemed, Pink Shirt Day.

Wearing a pinks shirt is going to draw attention to bullying awareness on a day when students, individuals, businesses, and organizations around the country will go pink for the cause.

Bullying has been in the news for the last few years and it has become a major focus in schools today. Part of bullying involves text and online bullying.

Here are some bullying statistics:

- Almost one in four kids in the U.S. are bullied on a regular basis.

- While 9 out of 10 teens have a cell phone, 1 in 5 will be victims of a text bully at some point. Text bullying has become more common, especially among girls.

- 50% of adolescents and teens have been bullied online.

- Greater than 25% of adolescents and teens have been bullied multiple times through their cell phones or the Internet.

You see, it's a big problem, and it could only get worse.

AT&T says we can use our smartphones to combat bullying, and they recommended some apps:

BullyBlock - Free for Android

BullyBlock lets users to record verbal threats and harassment, and block inappropriate texts and pictures. BullyBlock also blocks bullies that utilize private or unknown numbers to engage in cyberbullying. Users can then text these messages to parents, etc. The audio, messages, and the calls are stored on the phone SD card.

TipSubmitMobile - Free for Apple iOS and Android

TipSubmit Mobile allows tipsters to submit secure and anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers, law enforcement agencies or school officials. Tipsters can also receive rewards and it's all done without anyone knowing who you are.

Bully Stop - Free for Android

Protect your children with Bully Stop. Children can block calls and messages from those they don't want to hear from. It keeps a "Block List" and a log, so the child can show those numbers to parents, teachers, school officials, or even law enforcement.

Bully Button $0.99 for Apple iOS

An app for when the user is in trouble. They can record and send an email with audio attachment with text by tapping “Record and Send” button.

Remember to wear pink and let's all stop bullying.


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