July 31, 2018

    New Platform at Kingsland Empowers Students to Stand Up Against Bullying

    Kingsland Public Schools has enrolled with STOPit, a 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 empowers students to stand up for themselves and others while giving schools the insight they need to keep students safe, said high school Principal James Hecimovich.

    The program will launch on the first day of school this fall, which is Monday, Aug. 20. It will be used in both the elementary and high schools.

    With STOPit, students can submit anonymous reports containing text, photos, or video. Administrators are then able to manage incidents in a backend management system called DOCUMENTit. DOCUMENTit provides efficient and powerful investigative tools to staff, including the ability to message with the reporter, which will allow staff to address issues instantly.

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

    “As young people continue to engage more with technology every day, we are taking a proactive step to empower our students to become upstanders in our community in the way that they feel most comfortable,” said Hecimovich. “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.

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