October 1, 2014
WILDWOOD CREST – Wildwood Crest Memorial School commits to battling bullying online by joining the STOPit online program that offers a smart phone application, which empowers children to use mobile devices to take screen captures of offensive online posts or messages and sends them to school officials.
Leading the student introduction to the program through a STOPit Pep Rally Oct. 3, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. is Sgt. Tom Rich of the Summit Police Department in New Jersey. He is an 18-year veteran of the police force who has spent the last ten years investigating cyber crimes.
Sgt. Rich is also a cyber expert who travels the country educating children of all ages about the safe use of technology. Over the past 6 years he has spoken to over 300,000 students by drawing on his investigative experiences and explaining the latest trends in how to keep children safe from online threats.
After the presentation, students will have access to the STOPit application that has been proven to significantly reduce bullying in schools and make program participants more responsible online citizens. Incidents reported through the program are instantly emailed to Wildwood Crest Memorial’s anti-bullying specialist and guidance counselor Mario Tridente.
Any reports submitted through the STOPit app initiates the school’s Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying response procedure. This process involves immediately informing the principal and the parents of students involved, conducting an investigation and reporting all findings to the superintendent of schools.
There’s no question technology is powerful and can pose a threat to young people, said Principal Dave Del Conte. This presentation is designed to make students aware of these threats and show them that technology can be used for good as well.