March 24, 2015
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.
Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles. Kids who are being cyberbullied are often bullied in person as well. Additionally, kids who are cyberbullied have a harder time getting away from the behavior. This makes cyberbullying a far different experience than how you or I may have been bullied as kids.
That’s where a product like STOPit comes in! STOPit is a simple, fast and powerful cyberbullying solution. When implemented at a school or in a school district it can help report, track and effectively deter cyberbullying. STOPit works via an app that is easily installed on any mobile device. The students get an “intellicode” that identifies them in their school that gets put into the app. Once the app is installed and identified with the school, the student then has the power to anonymously report bullying activity to the school administration via the app. Once reported, the DOCUMENTit system keeps track of the reported bullying case until it is closed by the school, keeping track of every step taken to rectify the situation.
Stop!T is currently on version 1.0 and rolling out a new improved version 2.0 this spring, but 1.0 has been wildly successful. Some schools report a drop in reported cyberbullying of up to 83% after Stop!T is implemented. Take a look for yourself to see if Stop!T is right for your school, and help protect your students from being bullied 24 hours a day with no way to STOPit!