Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 11th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tocomail is an interesting app geared towards the parents of kids that have access to email. The app sports a kid-friendly interface, personalized email addresses, and more premium features that help manage who and what their kids interact with electronically.
Now the app has added another feature: the ability to apply a bullying recognition filter to incoming emails. The filter looks for key words and contextual phrases, and when email messages containing such are found they are quarantined for further attention from parents/responsible adults, at which point it can be released to the child or disposed of.
Tocomail is available in a free iteration on the App Store; the aforementioned premium features are available for $2.99/month or $29.99/year via in-app purchase.
Video games may often times leave players feeling like they have accomplished something significant but usually it’s just in their own minds. However, what if a game was used to help raise awareness and overcome a real-world issue? CB Labs and their partners at Do Something are doing just that with The Adventures of Timmy: Run Kitty Run, a game designed to highlight harmful teen bullying.
In the game, players take control of Timmy, a young boy with an adorable cat suit and a powerful imagination. Unfortunately, when a pretty girl tries to befriend him only to be stolen by Mitch the school bully, Timmy will have to conquer his shyness to conquer Mitch’s treehouse lair and rescue her.
However, the game is more than just a 2D platforming adventure. It’s also a tool to educate players about the dangers of real-life bullying. The game is filled with anti-bullying tips and includes a quiz players can take to see how bad the bullying problem is at their school. The results will then be used to rank the nation, states, districts and schools levels based on the issue.
The Adventures of Timmy: Run Kitty Run is available now on the App Store. Additionally, to further help get the word put on bullying, it will be free for the duration of Do Something’s campaign.