A new locally made app is hoping to put a block to online bullying.
Jacob Reckhard is one of three Edmonton high school students working in the Ross and Verna Tate High School Internship Program in conjunction with U of A’s computing science department. Speaking on the Alberta Morning News, Reckhard says they spent their summer working on the app to do what they can to stop people from bullying others.
“We built this keyboard for a phone and this keyboard will read your texts, analyze what you wrote, and determine if what you said is offensive or not,” said Reckhard.
“Whenever you type to start a new text message or an email or a tweet, you’ll type with this keyboard and as you’re typing it will be collecting the message and when you hit the send button, before it sends, it will send you a pop up saying, ‘This message is offensive. Are you sure you want to say that?’ or if it’s good it will be like, ‘okay, that text is a non-offensive message’ and then it sends.”
The app is called Sentiment Keyboard and it is available in the Google Play App Store. (djs)