STOPit a new smartphone app that allows students to anonymously report, deter, and provide follow up information about cyber-abuse and harassment was officially implemented in Hardeman County Schools last week with a series of rallies in the county on Thursday, Feb. 18. Rallies were held for students during the day at Bolivar Middle School, Bolivar Central High School, and Middleton High School. A separate rally was held for adults in the evening at Bolivar Central.
The rallies featured presentations by internationally recognized antibullying advocates Carol Todd and Detective Sergeant Tom Rich. Todd is the mother of Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old student who committed suicide in 2012 as a result of harassment and brought the consequences of cyberbullying to the worlds attention. Rich is a cyber-safety expert who has been speaking nationally and internationally since 2008 about how to use technology in a positive way.
Others in attendance included Todd Schobel STOPit founder and CEO who was inspired to develop STOPit after hearing about Amanda Todd’s suicide and is on a mission to end cyber abuse and harassment across the globe, as well as Chris Stites and Mark Bilyeu, representatives of Tennessee Risk Management Trust, who has partnered with STOPit to cover the cost of the app for students in school systems across Tennessee.