Helping Students Keep Safe with an Easy to Use, Discreet Anti-Bullying App
Coderus donated its services to Langham Oaks School students to build an anti-bullying app.
In many schools, the current reporting method for students being bullied is to fill in a report form. This process can be very formal and overwhelming for a student, which may result in cases going unreported. The new app was designed to be an easy, discreet way for students to report an incident, allowing staff to follow up with their existing anti-bullying procedures.
With SABA, each student has a secure login, allowing them to report incidents of bullying that they witnessed or been a victim of, and read educational information on what bullying can mean and the different types of bullying. Each report is sent to staff members, with the student receiving a notification when their report has been read.
Coderus focused on making the application accessible, while also staying true to the initial designs that the students presented.
The development time of the project was ten weeks. The use of Xamarin Forms allowed us to deliver all of the agreed functionality of the app across the three target platforms.
By being able to share almost all of the code base, we estimate that we saved a massive fourteen weeks of effort, this is based on the shared UI code accounting for 70% of the application and the ten-week total duration of the project.
This is only an estimate as it is possible that platform SDK differences could provide easier ways to achieve the same functionality, but would also add time in terms of ramp-up, project maintenance and platform familiarity.
At the end of the development, the students were able to take their idea back to school as a realised app, for which a real-world trial is currently being run.