Scanning software to help address cyberbullying

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A powerful new online tool may help administrators at one Indianapolis school help spot cyberbullying — and possibly head off potentially violent aftereffects.

The Social Net Watcher program, introduced Monday at Shortridge Magnet High School, scans social media sites used by students, such as Facebook or Twitter, for a handful of potentially dangerous words. If words such as “kill” or “torment” are tracked, school officials are immediately alerted by text message to the possible danger.

The program is one of two major efforts going on in Indianapolis this week to help address the problem of cyberbullying.

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