ReachOut.com and the Entertainment Software Association Foundation are teaming up to create a competition for young programmers to create tools that combat bullying, or more precisely that combat cyberbullying. While I am not on Facebook (neither as Some Teacher nor by my legal name), I like the idea of young programmers working to empower other youth. The structure of the goals for the apps appear to be well written:
- A focus on people aged 14-24 who would be potential bystanders to cyberbullying in online spaces/communities
- Empowers young people to want to make online spaces/communities more positive and safe for everyone
- Specific call to action for potential bystanders
- Focus on the positive, do not use negative language or triggering images depicting cyberbullying, self harm or suicide that could re-traumatize victims/surviviors
- Must comply with the Official Rules for this contest.