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Wharton public schools enroll in STOPit to protect students against bullying

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On Feb. 1, Wharton Borough Public Schools signed up with STOPit, the leading anti-bullying platform for schools that deters and controls harmful or inappropriate conduct, including harassment and cyberbullying.

The STOPit app can turn each student 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 children at risk, the school district has chosen to use STOPit to encourage good digital citizenship, and to empower students to do the right thing so issues can be controlled at the start.

The STOPit mobile app is a simple and fast tool that enables 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 ad-ministration and 24/7, 365 access to a talk-or-text crisis center.

Equipped with this information, the school community will have the power to address any problem in the most efficient way possible.

Wharton Borough Public Schoola also will use the STOPit back-end reporting tool called DOCUMENTit. This robust incident management system allows 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 children affected by cyberbullying.

According to the iSafe Foundation (2014), at least 52 percent of teens have been bullied online and 35 percent of children have been threatened while surfing the web.

By implementing STOPit, schools are empowering students to become up-standers in their community and help to improve the culture of the entire school community.

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