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Washington Junior/Senior High launches STOPit platform

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Washington Junior-Senior High School has enrolled with STOPit, the leading anti-bullying platform for schools that deters and controls harmful or inappropriate conduct, including harassment and cyberbullying. With the STOPit app, each student can be turned into an anonymous reporting agent with the ability to stop bullies in their tracks, while protecting both themselves and their friends.

“With Snapchat, Instagram, Vine, Facebook, and other social media platforms putting kids at risk, we have chosen to use STOPit to encourage good digital citizenship, and to empower our students to do the right thing so school officials can take control of issues before they spiral out of control,” said Austin Boyd, WHS senior class president.

The STOPit mobile app is a simple and fast tool that empowers individuals to protect themselves and stand up for others online, on social media, or in the classroom. Through the app, students can send photos, videos, and screen shot evidence anonymously to report behavior to school leaders. The platform also includes two-way anonymous messaging for direct communication with administration officials. Equipped with this information, the school community will have the power to address any problem in the most efficient way possible.

Washington Junior and Senior High Schools will also use the STOPit back-end reporting tool called DOCUMENTit. This robust incident management system allows our administrators to receive proactive alerts of student reports and effectively conduct investigations. All STOPit features are designed to help the staff get in front of issues to mitigate risk; going beyond simply reacting to bullying and start preventing it.

STOPit is proven to work as a deterrent. With the rise of social media and student technologies both inside and outside of the classroom, bullying now affects over half of adolescents and teens across the United States. Studies show alarming growth rates in the number of kids affected by cyberbullying.

According to the iSafe Foundation (2014), at least 52 percent of teens have been bullied online and 35 percent of kids have been threatened while surfing the web. By implementing STOPit, we are empowering our students to become Upstanders in our community and help to improve the culture of our entire school community.

This tool was funded thanks to the following community members of the Upstanders Alliance; Presidents Club; Daviess County Economic Development; Admirals Club Members; Perdue, Inc. and Peg and Tom Stephens; Team Captains Club; United Way of Daviess County; Edward Jones (Alan Bubalo); C.E. Taylor Oil, Inc.; Mentor Club; ReMax Assoc. (Anna Lou Chapman); Washington Chrysler; Hoefling Truck & Tractor; Donaldson & Sellers; Etienne's Farm, Inc.; Farm Bureau Insurance and Daviess County Kiwanis Club.

The STOPit program kicked off today.

To learn more about STOPit, visit www.stopitcyberbully.com.

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