We all know that feeling – of being tormented by bullies, all the while not knowing what to do. A 9 year-old girl from Shillong has come up with an anti-bullying app to help out many others, just like her, who had to go through the same struggle of being bullied.
Young Meaidaibahun Majaw, a Class 4 student from Shillong, is the driving force behind this new mobile application that would soon be made available on Google Play.
Meaidaibahun’s Anti-Bullying App
The app that Meai developed allows its users to anonymously report their bullies to their teachers, guardians and friends. The app lets them provide details of the incidents, including the name of the bully, which can then be forwarded to the concerned authorities.
This way, necessary action can be taken with immediate effect, not to mention how safe the victim would be thanks to the app’s anonymity feature.
However, the most interesting part of this story is that this is not the first app that Meai has developed. Turns out, the young prodigy has come up with almost 40 apps till date!
Her mother Dasumarlin Majaw talked about how she’d enrolled in an app-development course in September 2019, and learned the skills in a matter of just a few months.
In fact, the 9 year-old had come up with the idea of this anti-bullying app to participate in the ‘White Hat Junior’ challenge in which she was eventually selected. Now, she is gearing up for the final round which is set to take place in May in Silicon Valley.
Bullying – A Major Societal Disorder
Meai and her family emphasise on the fact that this app is a response to a great disease that plagues our society. Her own experiences served as fuel in this enterprise.
She recalled how she’s been a victim of bullying since nursery. In one such incident, a group of students had ganged up against her and asked other classmates to boycott her.
She even remembers one fellow student stamping her feet in the process.
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Even in Meai’s social circles she’s not alone. Several of her friends have also been through the same ordeal at least once in their lives.
The larger picture is even scarier. In a 2017 survey conducted by The Teacher Foundation in association with Wipro Applying Thought in Schools (WATIS), it was found that 42% children in India are bullied in schools.
Alarming to say the very least!
Young Minds That Create Change
From Shillong’s Education Minister Lakmen Rymbui to several others, this young girl’s efforts are being appreciated widely, and rightfully so. Bullying is a serious danger to society, and any measure taken against it is in the right spirit.
Meai’s own trauma following her experience with bullies is what led her to seek out a solution. As she correctly points out, no child should ever face such humiliation and distress.
We congratulate this little wonder’s enterprise and skill in fighting the social evil that is bullying!
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