A high school in NJ launched an app to give students more options to report bullying and get help for themselves and friends.
Todd Schobel developed STOPit to oppose cyberbullying
and says, “The best way to do that is to empower the kids.”
Students feel freer to stand up to cyberbullying when they can do it with ease and anonymity instead of finding time for a face-to-face meeting with a teacher or counselor.
They can use the app’s different features for many situations. Besides the STOPit button to “screen-capture offending content and report it,” there’s a FRIENDit button to get help for a classmate who is bullied or going through other issues. Pressing HELPit links students to counselors at any time.
Other schools are also using apps in their bullying reporting and prevention. For example, the SodaPop app
connects students with each other and with school support staff. Also, SAMHSA’s new app
aids parents and educators in addressing bullying.
Are apps a part of your school’s approach to bullying prevention?
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