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Mobile App for bullying and violence victims
CHILDREN and teenagers suffering bullying or violence can get help via a free, anonymous mobile phone App funded by La Caixa bank's charitable foundation and health authorities.
They can talk online with counsellors and, if they are in a situation of immediate risk, send out an alert.
Psychologists who detect a risk for the child can also notify authorities to get help for the victim.
The App is created by the Help for Children and Teenagers at Risk Foundation (ANAR) and carries the same name.
At present, it is only available for use between 16.00 and midnight – although seven days a week all year round – until enough counsellors and other resources can be employed to run it 24 hours a day.
With immediate effect, young persons being abused, suffering violence or going through bullying at home, school or anywhere else, either physical or psychological, can chat online via the website anar.org, and the App will be available in the next few weeks for iOS and Android phones.
It includes an online game and guides covering the most common problems consulted on the ANAR telephone helpline.
Currently, the App icon is just the ANAR logo with no other text or features, to protect children in risky situations if those attacking them are likely to check their mobiles.
The chat box is set up to wipe out the conversation after the third line, for the same reason.
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