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Briggs School Uses STOPit Apps

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Briggs School District has enrolled with STOPit, the leading technology platform for schools that deters and controls harmful or inappropriate conduct.

STOPit empowers students with an easy app to safely and anonymously report anything of concern to school officials - from cyberbullying to threats of violence or self-harm. STOPit helps students to stand up for themselves and others while giving the schools the insight needed to keep students safe.

"Briggs faculty and staff do a great job teaching students how to work through issues they may have during the school day through our Get-Along-Together program.

The addition of the STOPit app will make it easier for students to report all types of issues they see happening in real time.

Since reporting on the app is completely anonymous, it gives a platform for those students to report issues who normally would not report a problem in person," said Principal George Ritzhaupt.

With STOPit, students can submit reports containing text, photos, or video. Administrators are then able to manage incidents in a backend management system called STOPit Admin.

STOPit Admin provides investigative tools to the staff, including the ability to message with the reporter, which will allow them to address issues instantly.

STOPit does more than just help schools address incidents and mitigate risk. STOPit will also help staff go beyond reacting to bullying and inappropriate behavior, and instead start deterring it.

As young people continue to engage more with technology every day, administrators are taking a proactive step to empower their students to become "upstanders" in the community in the way that they feel most comfortable.

"We believe our adoption of STOPit is an important step in our continued effort to provide a positive school climate and a safe learning environment for our students," said Ritzhaupt.

The Briggs STOPit program launched Oct. 10.

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