By Tara Jabour
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio — Brooke County administrators introduced a new app to students to help fight bullying in schools.
“The STOPit app is something that we decided to put in place in Brooke County so that our students K-12 can anonymously report bullying that takes place to them or friends,” said Stephanie Zimmer, director of technology assessment and communication.
The app affords students to directly contact administrators if they are bullied, allowing them to write out what exactly happened and provide evidence in pictures or videos.
“It’s actually better for cyberbullying because you know how Snapchat disappears in 24 hours, so now you can take a screenshot and send it to your principal,” 6th grader Elliot McDonald said.
Other students like the idea because they don’t feel as intimidated to tell administrators when something is wrong.
“I think the STOPit app is a really great idea because I know a lot of kids who feel like principals have the stereotypical ‘mean’ because they are going to yell at you, but this app helps them understand and do this anonymously so they don’t have to have a human interaction with the principal, they can do it through their phone,” 6th grader Lorelei Costlow said.
The school district wants to do everything they can to stop bullying in its schools.
“Ultimately, we are just hoping to improve safety and security for our students. We want all students to come to school excited to learn, and if we can combat bullying, then that’s one less obstacle for students to face,” Zimmer said.
Curious why over 5,000 organizations worldwide are using STOPit’s anonymous reporting software and 24/7/365 monitoring services?