March 12, 2014
Bullying is hard to fight but cyberbullying can be even harder. With constant access to the internet, it’s not easy to escape a bully’s reach. But it looks like there’s a new app that could help kids and schools fight cyberbullying.
STOPit allows kids who are being cyberbullied to quickly and easily tell trusted adults and authorities that they are being cyberbullied and to seek help. The app comes with four features to support kids:
STOPit: Allows kids to take a screenshot of whatever material a cyberbully has sent them and forward it to trusted adults or authorities they feel can help them.
HELPit: Allows kids to text or call trusted adults and help centers designed to support kids.
FRIENDit: Allows kids to anonymously tell an adult when they think someone else is being cyberbullied and not telling anyone.
REPORTit: If a child feels that they are in immediate danger and need help, the REPORTit feature alerts the appropriate officials.
There are two ways of using this app. The first is to download it onto your child’s phone where they can choose who they want to contact in which situations. The other way is for your child’s school to partner with STOPit.
When a school partners with STOPit, the school is given an access code which they can distribute to their students. Students can then download the app from iTunes for free and enter the access code. This will automatically personalize the app for the access code’s associated school, including the contact information for authorities at the school, and their crisis center of choice.
STOPit launched in January 2014 and has already partnered with seven schools. Hopefully, we’ll see a downturn in cyberbullying as a result. The app is available on Apple devices and Android phones. To learn more, visit their site at http://stopitcyberbully.com/.