The phrase “cyber-bullying” has been making the media rounds as of late, due to many high-profile cases of tragedy or hardship resulting from persistent online harassment towards kids. Word Bully, from Iconosys, takes aim at the problem by creating a robust filtering software that scans all inbound and outbound communications on your child’s smartphone, and sends a notification to your phone including the message if one of those flagged words is found. If you notice some oversights in the app’s list of banned words, you can add your own custom lists, as well. If you’re concerned about the physical well-being of your child, a GPS-based child tracker is built-in, too.
This app, by itself, won’t stamp out cyber bullying, but it takes a big step toward that goal by making sure that parents aren’t unaware of their child’s plight. A little bit of information can go a long way, and that’s what Iconosys is banking on when you download this app. Word Bully costs $9.95 off the Android Market, and is a one-time purchase. As a special deal, the app is free right now until October 15th.