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Protecting high school students from bullying: Bully Shield

Davelaar, K.I. (2014) Protecting high school students from bullying: Bully Shield.

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Abstract:In this thesis, the problem of cyber-bullying in high-schools is examined in detail, looking at how it works and what is currently done against it. Many interventions against bullying can also be used to target cyber-bullying. Because of this and the fact that there are not (m)any known technical interventions against bullying or cyber-bullying, a few of these are suggested and one of these four suggestions is implemented and tested in a school. The intervention is in the form of a smartphone application on the Android platform, which students can use to report when they are (about to be) bullied. This intervention fit best in our goal to ensure the embedded value of beneficence and other embedded values which support beneficence. Members of the care team of a school then respond to the report and are able to help a student right away. The application was tested on the time it takes to respond to a notice, to ensure that it is actually within a feasible time and the application was tested qualitatively by asking students and members of a school care team whether they saw that application as having not only potential to be introduced school-wide but also if they saw the application as an effective method to counter bullying. The results show that it is possible to respond to reports within feasible time and that the care team as well as students generally see the intervention as a useful one when countering bullying. The results also show a need to have a protocol which describes when students are allowed to use the application, what consequences misuse will have and how the care team should handle a report. In addition the results show that when continuing to develop the application it is important to keep the embedded values in mind and to do that risk analyses should frequently be performed. The application has been made deployable and a demo version can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Code for the student and teacher application can be found on Google Code, or requested from the author.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Computer Science MSc (60300)
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