Shillong: A nine-year-old schoolgirl in Shillong has become the talk of the town after she developed an ‘Anti-Bullying App’ which will help children report cases of bullying anonymously. Frustrated by repeated bullying at school, Meaidaibahun Majaw, a Class 4 student, decided to take matters in her own hands and came up with this innovative solution. Also Read - Online Bullying More Horrifying, Leads to Depression in Youths: Study
“I experienced bullying in school since nursery. It affected me. I hated it so much that I was always on the lookout for a solution. No other child should have to go through the same,” Majaw told PTI. Also Read - Instagram Launches 'Caption Warning' Feature to Stop Cyberbullying
While talking about her experiences, Majaw recalled an incident where a group of students had once ganged up against her and asked other classmates to boycott her.
How will it work?
The app will allow victims to report their bullies to teachers, guardians, and friends, anonymously and will soon be available on Google Play.
“Users can provide details of the incidents, including the name of the bully, and send the messages to individuals concerned. This allows the authorities to take necessary actions,” Majaw explained.
Dasumarlin Majaw, her mother, said that the girl had enrolled in an app-development course in September last year, and learned the skills within a few months.
State education minister applauds her
Impressed by her efforts, state education minister Lakmen Rymbui, said that that the girl would grow up to be a responsible citizen.
“I wish Meai the best in her endeavour to fight social ills. She will be a responsible citizen. I congratulate her parents, too, for guiding her,” Rymbui added.
The road ahead
Meanwhile, Majaw has built another useful app and is now hopeful that she would be among the young coding experts from India to have earned a scholarship for travelling to Silicon Valley to meet investors.
“I have built another app, which would help customers at our resort at Tyrna to place food orders without human intervention. There are several other apps that I am working on… Hopefully, experts will take note of my work,” the girl added.
(With PTI inputs)