Howard County recently launched a new program to counter the threat of cyber bullying.
A key piece of the program is an online program and mobile application for reporting bullying, tailored for use in Howard County. Through the app, children and others can anonymously report bullying where it happens, and reports will be delivered in real time to designated representatives in participating departments, agencies and groups such as libraries, schools and others. Use of the service is being donated by the California-based company that founded it. While it has been used in school systems nationwide, this is the first time it is being applied in a community setting.
County Executive Ulman says of the initiative, “We are taking the same technology that has the potential to be harmful to kids, through cyberbullying, and using it to help.”