Children can confidentially report what is being done to them through the app and they can report fake accounts on social media so that those accounts can be deleted.
Thanks to the app, several bullies have already been arrested, reports the organization KidsRights, which awards the Children’s Peace Prize. Sadat Rahman also lectures in schools where he teaches young people about safety online.
More cyberbullying due to corona crisis
Cyberbullying could increase due to the corona crisis, KidsRights warns. Children already have a hard time dealing with the circumstances. Moreover, they are online more often, because many places have been closed due to corona measures. “That combination can have dangerous consequences. During the lockdown last spring, the number of cyberbullying cases increased by 70 percent,” the organization said.
That decreased in the summer, when the measures were relaxed, but the second wave of corona could lead to a new increase in cyberbullying, according to KidsRights.
Sadat Rahman received the peace prize through a live connection from the now 23-year-old Malala Yousafzai. She was awarded the Children’s Peace Prize in 2013 and won the Nobel Peace Prize a year later for her commitment to the right of girls in Pakistan to go to school. Malala herself was shot in the head by the Taliban for that, she barely survived the attack.
The International Children’s Peace Prize is an initiative of Marc Dullaert, founder and chairman of KidsRights and former Children’s Ombudsman. The prize has been awarded since 2005 to a child who works for the rights of children.
Last year, the prize went to climate activist Greta Thunberg, among others. She devised student strikes to draw attention to climate change. A year earlier, the award was given to four youths behind March for Our Lives, a high school protest movement against school shootings in the United States.