January 29, 2019

    First Coast Connect: Anti-Bullying App

    Next week the Glynn County, Georgia, School System plans to launch STOPit, a technology platform aimed at helping schools stay on top of bullying and cyber abuse, as well of threats of violence, self-harm, and other inappropriate behaviors.

    Students can submit anonymous reports containing text, photos, or video to school administrators through the platform. Teachers then have the ability to message the reporters and conduct investigations.

    The STOPit program launch is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8, and it will be piloted for students in grades 5-12. The mobile app can be downloaded through the Apple Store and on Google Play.

    Dr. David Chesire associate professor, University of Florida Health Jacksonville; Neil Hooper, Chief Operating Officer, STOPit; and, Bryna Rodenhizer, a contributor to the Jacksonville Moms Blog, discussed the app and the effects of bullying.

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