Headspace is taking the anti-bullying message to where some of it can all begin – technology.
It launched its Ready to Rethink program this year aiming to encourage youth to rethink their actions and words. Reword was developed in Melbourne is a free Google Chrome extension that highlights potentially harmful words before young people can send them.
The BullyBox, a mobile app, allows victims or witnesses to anonymously report incidents.
“We are looking at the technological advances that do that,” Headspace youth and community engagement officer, Avril Oakley-Hollow said. “Reword is a good tool, especially for some young people who might be finding their way online and not understand the power of their words.”
She said the latest advances complemented existing services.
“We aim to be a one stop shop for young people, it’s definitely not overtaking traditional therapeutic methods, but all of it works together,” she said.
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