As Ferguson struggles, Georgia teens create app to rate police departments

kids1As the nation watches Ferguson, Missouri work out its troubled police-community relations, a group of teens from Georgia have created an Android app to help communities rate their police departments on a scale of A to F.

The app is called Five-O (inspired by the TV show) and it’s the brain child of 14 year old Caleb Christian (a first-year student at Parkview High school in Lilburn, Georgia) who was “concerned about the number of incidents of police abuse in the news, according to the Pinetart website, the company they created to market their app, he realized that “there were many good police officers in various communities, but had no way of figuring out which communities were highly rated and which were not.” So he created the app, with help from his two older sisters, high school senior Ima Christian, and Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology sophomore, Asha Christian.

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Five-0 app, created by a group of teens, lets you rate your police department

“One Good Thing

As co-director of ConnectSafely, the non-profit group behind OneGoodThing.org, I’m nominating this group as a great example of how young people can use technology to make the world a better place. It’s exactly the type of project we’re looking to exemplify how young people are using tech to improve the world. Of course, not all projects need to be this ambitious. A “one good thing” can be anything someone does to use technology to make the world a better place, or to help deal with issues related to tech. It can be as simple as Tweeting positive things about someone who has been bullied online or using your smart phone to document a problem that needs to be solved and using social media to enlist support. If you’ve done a “good thing” or know of one good thing others have done, please let us know.

Android users can download the app here.

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Here’s Larry Magid’s CBS News Tech Talk segment that includes a sound bite from Ima Christian.

 

 

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