Technology, Crisis, and Your Students The Power of Reporting with STOPit

 

Leveraging the power of STOPit Reports makes it easy for you and your team to make intelligent, data-driven decisions to handle bullying, harassment, and suicide prevention.

By Maria Capone

Published on Linked In Pulse | April 27, 2015

 

If you are you an educator, and you're passionate about protecting your students from cyberbullying, harassment, or ethical issues, take a moment to see if you can answer the questions below.

  • Which apps are students using the most to attack each other?
  • Who among your students are frequent targets?
  • Which student groups are having the biggest issues with bullying or cyberbullying?

Do you know the answers to these questions? Maybe you have an idea about how to find the answersbut how much time would it take you? The fact is that most states have legislation aimed at bullying, cyber abuse and suicide prevention and as you know, designing an effective anti-bullying policy, and then monitoring and improving it is impossible without good data. In fact, more than just good data, you need an easy, reliable way to collect insights from that data.

Reporting with STOPit:

STOPit Reporting makes collecting, analyzing, and making data-driven decisions an easy and streamlined process. By tracking the details of reported incidents with minimal time invested on the part of your team, STOPit gives you instant access to measure the scope of issues, track your progress, and identify trends. You will have the capacity to measure improvements and tweak your strategy in real time. Use reports in STOPit for insight into, among other factors:

  • Incident Types:   Harassment, e-Bullying, Threats, Cheating, and Fraud are all types of incidents that your school may encounter. STOPit provides these Incident Types for your team to assign to incident reports to help you better catalog the situations you encounter daily. These Incident Types are preloaded, plus you also have the option to add additional Types specific to your environment.
  • Tags:  Incident Tags are your tool to get very specific about the characteristics of an incident, setting you up to identify trends which were previously difficult to track. Flexible in their utility, you can apply unlimited tags to an incident, and tags can correspond to whichever factors make sense based upon your school community and the incident at hand. For example, you may want to track the specific apps being abused in instances of cyber abuse, such as Instagram, Snapchat, or Kik. It could also be handy to use tags to track specific student groups correlated with reported incidents, including clubs, sports teams, or even non-school affiliated groups. Or, what if there were a specific location on your campus that seemed to attract acts of harassment? Create location tags for places such as cafeteria,student foyer, or Science Lab. You can also keep tabs on characteristics of a reported incident such as recurring, fictitious, or œfirst occurrence.
  • Action taken: Facilitate your year-end compliance reporting by documenting the full life cycle of an incident in our system, encompassing your team's investigation and the resolution into reports you run. The steps in your team's protocols or consequences facing students in violation of your policy can be pre-programmed, making them easy to assign to incidents and track in reports later. Action taken can include results such as parent meeting, detention given, or a school counselor follow up.

Targets

If the same child has been targeted over and over again, you definitely want to know about it. With STOPit reporting, it will be impossible for a targeted child to slip between the cracks. And more! There are more ways to customize STOPit Reporting this list just gives you an idea of a few of the most useful. The whole idea of STOPit reporting is to deliver exactly the insights that your team needs to protect your students while saving you time. Saving Time Reporting with STOPit streamlines the process to measure the scope of issues in your school or district. You can also export reports into Excel, or email reports directly from our system. Never be more than a simple report away from answers to important questions on student safety at your school.

Compliance

A huge benefit of STOPit reports is streamlining your state-mandated bullying reporting. Our preformatted templates allow you to prepare compliance reports in a matter of minutes, and help you to make sure that your team stays ahead of rapidly changing state laws and policies.

Key insights

Having defined the criteria which are relevant for your district, you are ready to leverage the power of STOPit reports to generate insights and drive decision making.

 

Let's revisit the questions from the beginning of this article to take a look at a few examples:

  • Which apps are students using the most to attack each other? You run a STOPit report using incident tags and learn that students in one of your schools are repeatedly abusing the smartphone app Snapchat. Armed with this insight, your team launches a campaign to eliminate Snapchat abuse. You utilize STOPit resources to educate parents and teachers about Snapchat, and advise student leaders as they design a school-wide campaign to cultivate kindness, rather than hurtfulness, on Snapchat.
  • Who among your students are frequent targets? After exporting a STOPit report using the incident targets filter, you identify several students who have recurred as targets more than three times in the previous month. School counselors schedule regular check-ins with the students, you are able to keep the parents informed, and collectively ensure that the students are cared for.
  • Which student groups are having the biggest issues with bullying or cyberbullying?  Analyzing the last month's reports, you discover that the girl's lacrosse team and the drama club have a much higher rate of tagged incidents than other student groups on campus. Your team is able to coordinate a response with the parent and teachers or leaders of these groups in order to clarify protocol, and meet with the students to address underlying issues and cultivate a more positive culture within the student groups.

 

Want to learn more? If you're ready to learn more about how the STOPit School Program can help your school, visit www.stopitcyberbully.com

Collaboration by Maria Capone and Jeff Schobel.

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