Radford Superintendent Says New App is ‘Lifesaving’

RADFORD, Va. – A local school district says a new app they’re using is lifesaving.

We first told you about the STOPit app in December, when Radford Public Schools were testing it.

Students can anonymously report anything concerning to school officials — from cyberbullying to threats of violence or self-harm. The reports can include text, photos or video.

School Superintendent Rob Graham, says after a month of using STOPit, the program is a success and it saved a life.

They had reports of a possible attempted suicide and were able to stop it.

They are seeing other positives as well.

“We are seeing an increase in attendance as the culture and environment of school the students are able to report anonymously that they may be bullied. We’re also having some success in helping students that are having some emotional issues as well. It is well worth the money spent,” said Graham.

Graham says they had some false reports the first couple of days, but for the most part it’s worked really well. He says they will continue using it.

STOPit is used in schools and workplaces around the world.

Danville just started using the app this month, too.

STOPit says 54 schools in Virginia use the app and schools average between 30 to 40 reports a year.

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App Will Allow Students to Report Safety Concerns

Social media and smartphones come in handy, but both have also contributed to changes in school culture that make life increasingly more difficult for students.

Bullying, threats of violence and other inappropriate behaviors are carried out using technologies that didn’t exist a decade ago, creating new challenges for school administrators to handle.

Glynn County Schools is working toward solutions. The school system will launch a new program on Feb. 8 called “STOPit,” an app that empowers students to help themselves and others by anonymously reporting problematic behaviors like bullying, cyberbullying, threats, hazing, self-harm and more.

“Our students in Glynn County have continued to express concern about having the ability to anonymously report concerns regarding safety, to include bullying and threats of harm without there being ridicule from their peers,” said Senetra Haywood, director of student services for Glynn County Schools, in a press release. “It is our hope that STOPit will meet that need for our students.”

Students can use the app, which is free to download, to submit anonymous reports that contain text messages, photos or videos. Their messages will be sent to school administrators, who will then have the ability to message the student who reports, conduct investigations and manage and mitigate risks in schools.

The STOPit platform includes a mobile app and back-end tracking and management system. Administrators will be equipped with STOPit Admin, a comprehensive, streamlined, cloud-based incident management system that also helps schools identify trends and send alerts.

“We are hopeful that during this implementation, Glynn County students will utilize this tool for its intended purpose, and our school administrators will be able to more effectively address any safety concerns that may arise in their schools,” Haywood said.

Glynn County Schools has seen an increase recently in the number of schoolwide threats made by students. Threats have been written on school walls, posted on social media or sent out through schoolwide messages.

The rise in threats follows a national trend that has surged since the school shooting last year in Parkland, Fla.

The STOPit app is available to schools, universities, workplaces and governments. The program provides administrators with a tool to maintain better control of school climate.

The app will be piloted in Glynn County for students in grades 5-12. The app can be downloaded through the Apple Store and on Google Play.

“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,” Haywood said.

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Next week the Glynn County, Georgia, School System plans to launch STOPit, a technology platform aimed at helping schools stay on top of bullying and cyber abuse, as well of threats of violence, self-harm, and other inappropriate behaviors.

Students can submit anonymous reports containing text, photos, or video to school administrators through the platform. Teachers then have the ability to message the reporters and conduct investigations.

The STOPit program launch is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8, and it will be piloted for students in grades 5-12. The mobile app can be downloaded through the Apple Store and on Google Play.

Dr. David Chesire associate professor, University of Florida Health Jacksonville; Neil Hooper, Chief Operating Officer, STOPit; and, Bryna Rodenhizer, a contributor to the Jacksonville Moms Blog, discussed the app and the effects of bullying.

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Franklin Students Getting New Way to Report Safety Concerns

To curb bullying and suspicious activity, Franklin schools will ask students to start using an anonymous reporting app.

The program, called StopIT, will allow students to communicate with administrators without having their identities revealed. They can share text, photos or videos, once the app is functioning, the school said in a news release.

School leaders are implementing the app now and hope to have students using it by the end of the school year, said Jeff Sewell, Franklin Schools director of operations.

Keeping communication anonymous will increase the likelihood of stopping harmful behavior, Sewell said.

“The vast majority of cases where a safety issue was averted was through a tip provided by students,” Sewell said. “We need to do it through a relationship with students, but students don’t want to be a snitch. It’s important to provide an anonymous tip reporting system to help students who are struggling or those who have ill intentions in our school district.”

The district previously had a link for people to submit anonymous bullying tips to administrators, Spokesperson Robin Betts said. The new system is an improvement in that students can also report to administrators regarding other suspicious activity and also students who may be struggling emotionally. Unlike the previous system, StopIT also allows for continuous conversation between the anonymous tipster and the administrator.

A committee picked the STOPit app out of four possible systems because it was easiest to use, Sewell said. The app will cost the district $1 per student per year to implement. With the app, administrators will be able to communicate with students while they remain anonymous, Sewell said. The app also shows how many students are engaging with it, he said.

“It’s very much in tune with our guiding principles of using data to drive our work and decisions,” Sewell said.

Other schools use different systems for anonymous reporting. At Indian Creek and Clark-Pleasant schools, students can report bullying and threats through an online link provided by the district. Like with the StopIT app, students at Clark-Pleasant can submit photos and videos along with messages.

At Center Grove, students use the SafeSCHOOLS alert mobile app, which allows students to text, use the web, email or phone tips in.

Carmel Clay Schools recently started using the StopIT system, Sewell said.

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STOPit Program Initiated to Report Bullying, Incidents

Mount Vernon ISD, with the help of Franklin County Sheriff Ricky Jones, has initiated the STOPit App which will empower students to stand up against bullying.

Sheriff Jones learned about the anonymous reporting system last year and has spoken with other school districts, including Van ISD, who have utilized the program. He had paid for the first year’s subscription, which is around $1,200. With STOPit, students can submit anonymous reports containing text, photos or video. To learn more about this program, see the Jan. 24 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

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App Allows Glynn County Students to Report Safety Concerns, Bullying

GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. – The Glynn County School System has a new tool to combat bullying, cyber abuse, threats of violence, self-harm and other inappropriate behaviors.

The district has enrolled with STOPit, a technology platform that allows students to submit anonymous reports containing text, photos or video to school administrators, who then have the ability to message the reporters, conduct effective investigations and manage and mitigate risks in the school.

“Our students in Glynn County have continued to express concern about having the ability to anonymously report concerns regarding safety, to include bullying and threats of harm without their being ridicule from their peers. It is our hope that STOPit will meet that need for our students,” said Senetra Haywood, director of student services for Glynn County Schools.

The STOPit platform includes a mobile app and a robust back-end tracking and management system.

STOPit’s mobile app provides users with fast, secure and anonymous reporting — all at the touch of a button. Administrators are equipped with STOPit Admin, a comprehensive, streamlined, cloud-based incident management system that also helps schools identify trends, send alerts and take control of incidents before they spiral out of control.

While no student information is needed to use STOPit, the only way personally identifiable information will be accessible through the mobile app is if a student voluntarily includes it within the content of a report or message.

“We are hopeful that during this implementation, Glynn County students will utilize this tool for its intended purpose, and our school administrators will be able to more effectively address any safety concerns that may arise in their schools,” Haywood said.

Beyond incident reporting, STOPit aims to empower students to stand up for themselves and for one another, as well as keep students safe and cultivate a kind and respectful school climate, online and off.

“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,” Haywood said.

The STOPit program launch is scheduled for Feb. 8 and will be piloted for students in grades 5-12.

The mobile app can be downloaded through the Apple Store and on Google Play.

Students and parents can find instructions on how to use the app through a flyer with step-by-step instructions.

For any other questions, contact Senetra Haywood at shaywood@glynn.k12.ga.us or 912-267-4100 ext. 1512.

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Carmel Clay Schools Launches Anti-Bullying & Safety App

David Woodward of Carmel Clay Schools frequently uses a hypothetical scenario to help describe the value of his district’s new school safety app, STOPit.

What if, he says, a student wants to report a friend who is thinking of hurting himself or herself? And what if that student shares the information through an anonymous tool — but refers to that friend by only his or her first name?

If the student is using a reporting tool that doesn’t allow administrators and school resource officers to directly respond to the message for further information, then precious time could be wasted as they search for the student who might be in danger.

Introduced in December, STOPit is an app that allows any Carmel Clay student or parent to report school safety issues and reach out for help at any time. School officials encourage students and parents to use the tool to report bullying as well as issues such as theft, mental health concerns, violence, sexual harassment and substance abuse.

Like Anonymous Alert, the tool that STOPit replaces, the new app allows for anonymous reporting. But STOPit also allows for two-way communication, so school officials can follow up to ask for details that may be critical in addressing an issue like the one in the hypothetical scenario Woodward describes.

“Students really are our eyes and ears, and they know what’s happening before, during and after school,” says Woodward, Carmel Clay Schools’ Director of Student Services. “This allows them, if they see something, to say something. Then our role is to follow up and do something. It’s very important to us to follow up on every report.”

Developed by New Jersey-based STOPit Solutions, the app is in use in districts across the country. Carmel Clay Schools officials spoke to representatives of several of those school corporations before selecting the tool and were impressed by how it had been received in their communities.

Students and parents can download the STOPit app from the App Store or Google Play. To report a concern, they can provide details in writing and share videos and screenshots. Although the reports are anonymous, each school has its own unique code that students and parents enter to connect to the appropriate administrators and SROs.

Students, in particular, find it easier to use an app than to log in to a website or send an email, Woodward says. STOPit does allow students and parents the option of using a desktop computer to report issues if needed, too.

Response to the app has been positive so far, and Woodward cites two instances that led students to mental health resources — help he says they might not have gotten with a less interactive tool. But the simple act of a parent or student recognizing and downloading the app is “a win for our community,” says Courtney Taylor, the district’s community relations liaison.

“You couldn’t find a more caring group,” adds Woodward regarding the Carmel Clay Schools community. “So any tool that will support students is going to get pretty strong support corporation-wide.”

To learn more about Carmel Clay Schools’ STOPit app, visit the “Services” section of the district’s website, ccs.k12.in.us. Then select “Student Services” and “STOPit App.”

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Geronimo Empowers Students with Reporting App

GERONIMO, OK (TNN) – Geronimo Junior High and High School is empowering students to stand up for themselves and for one another.

There’s an app for that! The district recently enrolled in and launched the app called ‘STOPit!’ ‘STOPit!’ is aimed at deterring and mitigating inappropriate behaviors such as bullying and cyber abuse as well as violence and threats.

Geronimo High and Junior High students now have access to the ‘STOPit!’ mobile app which has two simple features, report inappropriate conduct to or message school administration officials. Oh, and it’s all done completely anonymously!

“Basically, it helps to relieve some of the anxiety and some of the pressure of having to report situations that happen at school where they might feel pressure and otherwise they wouldn’t report it to us,” Heath Selcer, Geronimo Jr. High and High School Principal.

Reports can be made through more than just the mobile app.

“Since the students are not allowed to have their phones during the day, there’s a desktop icon or a link that’s been put on all the computers,” said Mr. Selcer. “So, way they have access to that during school.”

So, how does it work?

“They just simply have to click on it and submit some basic information,” said Mr. Selcer. “There is some required stuff that they have to answer like, the date and they also have to read and acknowledge a disclaimer that states, if you make false reports we will take those very seriously.”

And so far, so good.

“We’ve had a few reports already and it’s helped,” said Mr. Selcer. “It’s basically like we told the kids the teachers and everybody can’t be everywhere 100 percent of the time even though we would like them to be. Now, you have to worry about what are my other classmates going to see or say. That just kind of helps monitor the behavior and create a better atmosphere where kids are not afraid to stand up and do what’s right.”

More information and resources can be found online at stopitsolutions.com.

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New App Available to Help Keep Danville Public Schools Students Safe

DANVILLE, Va. – There’s a new way for Danville Public Schools students to stay safe at school.

An app called STOPit is now available for middle and high school students and their parents.

The app allows users to anonymously tell the school district about issues, such as bullying and threats of violence.

The information goes to the principal and assistant principals at the schools where the issue is reported and to the district’s safety and security coordinator.

“We can investigate it. It keeps all the information for us so at the end of the year, we can run reports to see how many we had, see if there’s any trends. It’s really going to help us,” Safety and Security Coordinator Billy Chaney said.

To use the app, you’ll need the code for the school at which you want to report an issue.

Letters are being mailed home to parents with their child’s school code.

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Danville Students Get an Opportunity to Report Bullying with STOPit App

Danville, Va.(WFXR News) – Danville Public Schools have enrolled with the STOPit app that allows middle and high school students to report any harmful or inappropriate behavior to staff.

Students are encouraged to report anything from cyberbullying to threats of violence or self-harm.

The app allows you to anonymously submit reports with text, photos and videos. The STOPit Management system then gives staff powerful investigative tools including the opportunity to message the reporter.

Students can find instructions on how to use this app through a flyer with step-by-step instructions that have been posted to each school.

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