“A core value of the Putnam County school system is that every student has the right to a safe, secure, and challenging learning environment that promotes his or her physical, social, emotional and academic development,” King said. “With the support of students, parents and community members, we believe we can continually improve our school environments so all students feel safe, secure and respected.”
With STOPit, students can submit anonymous reports containing text, photos, or video. Administrators are then able to manage incidents in a backend management system called STOPit Admin.
“STOPit Admin provides efficient and powerful investigative tools to our staff, including the ability to message with the reporter, which will allow us to address issues instantly,” King said.
He said the app has other applications as well.
“STOPit will also help us go beyond reacting to bullying and inappropriate behavior, and instead start deterring it,” he said. “As young people continue to engage more with technology every day, we are taking a proactive step to empower our students to be engaged in our community in the way that they feel most comfortable.”
King said students that have mobile devices are encouraged to download the app and use it to report situations where they feel unsafe or when they see things that might be unsafe. Students that do not have access to mobile devices are encouraged to continue reporting situations to a teacher, counselor, administrator, or other staff members they trust.